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Summer of Speed

Summer of Speed

Saturday, June 1 - Monday, September 2

Zoom, blast and whoosh into Imagination Station to explore the science of speed! Investigate how race cars and rockets, planes and people, boats and baseballs overcome the forces of friction and gravity to move so fast. Don’t miss your chance to build and test your own boats and rockets, construct a car, dismantle a Jeep and check your throwing speed.

Better hurry - the summer's gonna go fast!


Start Your Engines!

Saturday – Sunday, June 1 – 2

Gear up for a speedy summer as you explore the physics of racing as you design, build and race a wind-powered sail car. Get a close-up look at a race car, then construct your own using PVC pipe or LEGO blocks. How fast will your creations go?

Race fans can enter to win four tickets and pit passes to the 2019 FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race courtesy of Michigan International Speedway.

Saturday, June 1: 12:30pm & 2pm
Check out a sport that takes advantage of Toledo’s amazing waterways with demonstrations from Toledo Rowing Club on the Maumee River.

UT Rocket Motorsports

Saturday, June 8

Meet the University of Toledo’s Rocket Motorsports team and learn how the engineering design process helps them design, build, test and tweak their car for competition season - then join in the fun as you give tire bowling a spin with the team.

Muddy Mini

Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16

Imagination Station is celebrating human performance with Dave’s Running Shop. Make this your Summer of Speed by participating in the Muddy Mini in downtown Toledo on Saturday, June 15. Then, show your bib and save! Runners will receive special buy one, get one admission free to the science center when they show their bib on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.

Nerdy Derby Cup

Thursday, June 20: 6 – 9pm

Corporate teams gather for an exciting night of derby-racing, teambuilding and comradery. It’s a spirited night of competition that helps raise funds for science education programs at the science center. No matter the final results, this makes everyone a winner! Presented by Comfort Line FiberFrame. Registration and entry fee required.

Learn more about the Nerdy Derby Cup >>

Nerdy Derby

Friday – Sunday, June 21 – 23

Bring your best engineering skills and racing strategy to construct a car and race it down a winding 40-foot track. This annual challenge rewards both the fastest and the slowest racer – and remember, the only rule is: there are no rules! Presented by Comfort Line FiberFrame

Learn more about the Nerdy Derby >>

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Thursday, June 27

Learn how the Ohio Department of Natural Resources helps to keep our waterways safe as you get an up-close look at their patrol boat and its monitoring equipment on the Maumee River.

Rock the River Viewing Party at H2O Cafe

Saturday, June 29: 11am – 9pm

The Rock the River Powerboat Championship Races are back! World-class F1 powerboats will roar down the Maumee River at speeds up to 120-miles-per-hour. H2O Cafe provides a front-row seat to the excitement on the Maumee. Get up and close and personal to all the action at our viewing party! Ticket required. Science center admission, food and beverage sold separately.

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Summer of Speed: Maximum Airspeed

Saturday, July 6 – Sunday, July 7

Take your seats, buckle up and get ready to fly! Learn how lift, thrust, drag and weight affect an airplane’s ability to fly as you overcome gravity to send a rocket soaring and race a hoop glider.

Saturday, July 6
Meet local commercial pilot Terry Roth and discuss careers in aviation as you make paper airplanes together.

Dave's Running Program 

Saturday, July 13: 1pm

Competitive runners are always striving to meet personal performance goals. Learn how you can run faster and easier and remain injury-free with Dave’s Running. Their coaches will share highly effective techniques that will help you transform into a more efficient, healthy runner.

One Giant Leap: 50th Anniversary of Lunar Landing

Saturday – Sunday, July 20 – 21

On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Join us as we celebrate the bravery and curiosity of these early space visionaries and inspire new dreams of space travel. Build and launch water rockets, learn how specialized tiles protect spacecraft and experiment with gravity. 

Summer of Speed: Toledo Rowing Club

Saturday, August 3

With team members working in unison, their shells seem to glide effortlessly across the water. Learn about the sport of rowing with Toledo Rowing Club and area crew teams. You will get an up-close look at a sculling boat and then see if you have what it takes to compete as you practice rowing.

Summer of Speed: Jeep Take-apart

Tuesday, August 6 – Sunday, August 18

Become a mechanic for a day as you help dismantle a Jeep! Investigate each component while learning how to use socket wrenches, screwdrivers and specialized tools to pull the vehicle apart piece-by-piece.

Jeep Fest

Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11

Downtown Toledo will be transformed into the Jeep-lovers paradise! Imagination Station is proud to once again be a part of the festivities. Join us in Festival Park for fun science activities during Jeep Fest!

Jeep Fest 4-Miler
Imagination Station is celebrating human performance with Dave’s Running Shop. Make this your Summer of Speed by participating in the Jeep Fest 4-Miler or 1.3-Mile Walk in downtown Toledo on Sunday, August 11. Show your bib and save! Runners will receive special buy one, get one admission free to the science center when they show their bib on Saturday, August 10 or Sunday, August 11.