DeKALB – Barbed wire was invented to solve a real-world problem: farmers needed an inexpensive way to fence in their land. By coming up with creative solutions, DeKalb’s famous innovators – Jacob Haish, Joseph Glidden and Isaac Ellwood – changed history and shaped the future of our community.
Even though they lived more than 150 years ago, innovation (finding ways to improve on old idea) isn’t just a thing of the past. People are always thinking, day-dreaming and tinkering.
The Ellwood House Museum will host “Art & Innovation Makerspace,” a spring break program for elementary-age children and families, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 27 and March 28.
Using provided supplies, participants will create a model for a device that solves a modern problem. Whether a creative way to recycle old materials, an instrument or game that keeps boredom at bay, or a contraption to help with chores around the house, children can use their imagination to come up with an invention of their own.
Coloring pages and sensory activities will be available for ages 5 and younger.
Parents are welcome to drop off children age 6 and older at the museum for the duration of the program, but children age 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
This program will be in the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb. The cost for this program is $5 a child per day, although the fee is waived for ages 5 and younger.
Space is limited, registration is required. Visit ellwoodhouse.org/learn to register, or call 815-756-4609.