Please note – this is a working schedule. Information is updated and new activities are added on a regular basis. Please keep checking back!
SCIENCE & ENGINEERING ZONE
Singing Tesla Coil Presented by: KU HawkWorks, KU Physics and Engineering Student Organization
Watch and listen as electricity dances to popular music played through a connected laptop. The 8-foot tall singing Tesla Coil uses simple principles of electromagnetism to produce large arcs of electricity. See the exciting visuals and learn how the Tesla Coil works—this special exhibit is both fun and educational!
Located in the Auditorium.
Performances at 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm
Jayhawk Motorsports SAE Race Car
Come catch the Jayhawk Motorsports Formula SAE race car in action! Founded in 1994 by a group of six KU mechanical engineers, Jayhawk Motorsports is one of the leading contenders in Formula SAE competitions. Learn about the vehicles built by these students, and see the race car go!
Located in Theatre Lawrence Parking Lot.
Jayhawk Motorsports Baja
The Jayhawk Motorsports Baja team is a group of volunteer KU students that gets together to design, build, test and compete an off-road race car. Come see the Baja car in action and spend time with the team that built it.
Located in Theatre Lawrence Parking Lot.
Paper Rocket Launch and Nerdy Derby Race Cars – The Maker Studio from Science City at Union Station
Build a rocket and launch it with a compressed air rocket launcher! Make a pinewood derby car and race it down Science City’s Nerdy Derby race track!
Bring your own pinewood cars to race on the Nerdy Derby track, or make a car at Confabularryum with one of the available FREE car kits. We will have 300 free car kits to give away – 100 per hour at 9am, 11am and 1pm. Free kits are available one per child on a first come basis while they last. You are also welcome to purchase your own car kit and bring it with you to put together with the tools we provide. The kits we purchase are available on Amazon.com.
Make Your Own Shadow Puppets – Lawrence Creates Makerspace
Create your own shadow puppets and see them in action! Take trash and make your very own toys!
Drilling Liquids and Oil Rig VR Tour – Society of Petroleum Engineers
Get messy with liquids that change in viscosity and take a virtual reality walk through an oil rig.
Dino Dig! – Kansas Enrichment Network
Come unleash your inner archaeologist as we uncover and rebuild some of history’s greatest hunters!
KU School of Engineering
Get information about engineering and the types of things engineers learn and do.
Marble Run – College and Career Center
Build a marble-run track, test it and change it up!
Musical Fruit and Veggies – Lawrence Public Library
Learn about exotic fruits and vegetables. Strike real produce with a small mallet and they will play different fun sounds!
Print on Your Own Plastic Cup – Berry Global
Learn about how plastic is formed into containers through injection molding, thermoforming, and printing. Get to print on your own Berry cup.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Live Animal Interaction – Pet World
Matching people to pets: live animal interaction to learn which pet, if any, is right for you.
All Aboard for Good Nutrition – USD497 Food Service
Play, plot and plan a school garden of your own. Enjoy fruit and vegetable samples and meet the farmers that grow the produce on the school serving train.
MedExpress Summer Fearlessly Activity – MedExpress
Celebrate going back to school and receive some important health tips from your friends at MedExpress Urgent Care.
Premier Martial Arts
Martial Arts, Self Defense for kids! and we have and exciting Demo Performance!
ARTS & CRAFTS
Pottery Wheel Throwing – Morgan Barton, University of Kansas Ceramics Guild
Are you ready to get your hands dirty? See clay throwing methods on the potter’s wheel.
Instrument Petting Zoo – Harmonic Connections
Explore unique instruments large and small and create a joyful noise!
Recycled Crafts & Clothing – Lisa Greenwood
Learn about clothing and craft items made from recycled and thrifted items, and make and take instructions for paper beads made from recycled magazines.
Community Fiber Project – Rachel Downs and Sarah Podrasky
This endeavor integrates fine art, craft, and the community in a collaborative artistic expression. Join us in creating a permanent fiber installation inspired by the concept of “family.” Represent your understanding of this theme by participating in the painting and stitching of fabric that will be joined with others in a major depiction of connectedness and artistic flavor.
Rightfully Sewn – Macy Norlen
Two sewing machines will be at the event and sewing pages. We will use the sewing pages to teach the children how to use a machine and sew in straight lines.
A Confabularryum favorite! Create and decorate unique hats from recycled newspaper.
God’s Eye Yarn Craft – Unitarian Universalists of Lawrence
Weave a colorful yarn design and create a fun craft.
Tissue Paper Flowers – DCCCA
Create a beautiful tissue paper flower and find about more about DCCCA’s various social and community services.
Spinning Colors – Girl Scouts of NE Kansas
Make a color spinner and observe the effect of rapid movement using color! How many different colors can you make?
Sidewalk Chalk Drawing – Lawrence Virtual School
Create a sidewalk chalk art piece with Lawrence Virtual School art club, students and families.
Kid’s Krafts – Nancy Fike and Friends
Make monster finger puppets, paper flowers, circles and face magnets.
Live Screen Printing – Matt Loehrer from Callahan Creek
Participate in interactive screen printing and take home your very own screen printed poster.
Confabularryum Balloon Creation- The Balloon Man
Join in balloon building! Help Balloon Man build a Confabularryum Balloon Creation.
Freestyle LEGO Fun
Build whatever inspires you with thousands of LEGO bricks and a huge space for collaborative building.
Fun Make & Take Kids Crafts – Fully Promoted Lawrence KS
We will have kids great a pom pom caterpillar and /or picture frame
Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission
Gain access to the LAC map of the loop and provide your creative input on how to use the Loop to create community
Paper Crafts – ProjectCREATE
Make fun paper crafts and learn about ProjectCREATE!
High Tech STEM – Boy Scouts of America
Check out the STEM Stations and our STEM trailer, fully equipped with 3-D printers, a laser engraver and drone!
Scratch Game Development – The Midwest Immersive Education Group
Learning to code can be FUN. Create a simple game using Scratch, the free, web-based programming language designed for kids.
In the Digital Lab.
Workshops at 11am and 1pm
Learn from Virtual Reality and The Segway MiniPro – IntellX
During “Learn From Virtual Reality,” you will get to experience a short, yet immersive, virtual reality demo. IntellX will also explain how they use modern technology, like VR, to teach from during their Summer STEM Camps.
VR Demo at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
During “Learn From The Segway MiniPro,” you will get to maneuver a hands-free, two-wheeled, electric scooter through a short, simple course. IntellX will also explain how they use modern technology, like the MiniPro, to teach from during their STEM Camps.
The Segway MiniPro is all day (closed from 10:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Drones: Info and Demos! – Skycam
We’re in the “third wave” of drone development and they are transforming our world! Stop by throughout the day to find out more and be sure to catch our live flight demos (weather permitting).
Flight Demos at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Happening outside on the 6th Street side of the building.
First Lego League – Team Green Hole
Meet First Lego League, and their EV3 robots!
First Robotics – Team STEAM Robotics
Drive one of USD497 USFirst Robotics teams 400lb robots!
STEMtastic! – Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
Drive drones through our obstacle course! Program robots on your phone and drive them through our obstacle course!
First Lego League
Come explore and learn with the First Lego League—an international Lego-based robotics and innovation competition.
PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
Listen Carefully! Auditory illusions and other auditory oddities
Presented by: Michael Vitevitch, KU Department of Psychology
Explore how and why our brain tricks us into hearing things that don’t match up with the actual sound that is presented to us. We’ll examine how several sound-based illusions work, and try to understand what those illusions tell us about how the hearing system works.
Located in the Presentation Room at 10:00am and 1:00pm
Presented by: Josh Lake, Front-end Developer, Callahan Creek
Get started creating VR experiences that will work on almost any VR device.
Located in the Presentation Room at 11:30am and 1:30pm
Commercial Audition and Improvisation Workshop – Averill Acting Institute
Get a glimpse at acting on the stage, in film and with seasoned professionals. Averill Acting Institute helps connect students and young actors to the vibrant world of film and theatre in Kansas City.
Averill Acting Institute gives students looking to dig deeper into stage and film work the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals. In addition, we can help connect young actors to the vibrant world of film and theatre in Kansas City.
70th EXPLORERS GARRISON OF THE 501st LEGION
Star Wars fans! Watch for troopers from the 70th Explorers Garrison of the 501st Legion patrolling Confabularryum from 9am to 11am. You’ll be amazed by these highly detailed, movie-accurate costumes, created by a dedicated group of fans who don’t just love the Star Wars movies, but are dedicated to supporting the community through special appearances such as today’s. If the force is strong and you’re feeling brave, snap a selfie with a trooper and remember to tag it #confabularryum.
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
EGG DROP – COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER
Will your egg survive the drop? Design and build a protective carrier for a chicken egg. Build your entries throughout the day and head to the drop zone at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to put your design to the test!
CONFABULARRYUM GREEN SCREEN PHOTO BOOTH –
Stop by the Confabularryum photo booth and give us a smile! Play with the green screen and filters that are oh-so-fun!
LAWRENCE BRITISH CAR CLUB
Check out the Vintage British Cars on display throughout the day and chat with the cars’ owners.
LAWRENCE KIDS CALENDAR
Keep up to date on family fun activities in the Lawrence area with Lawrence Kids Calendar, a service project of Lawrence Central Rotary