Workshops & Home School Programs

To register for a workshop please contact (423) 434-HAND ext. 808 or email

Tuesday, February 19th – Friday, February 22nd – Reverse Engineering Discovery Cart

Join us during National Engineers Week for some reverse engineering and test your skills on lots of items adults would never let you take apart.  Dismantle computer towers, phones, keyboards, and more!  Reverse Engineering will be setup on our TVA Discovery Cart throughout each day.  (*Contains small parts not suitable for children 3 and under.)  FREE with paid general admission.

Wednesday, February 20th, 9am-noon – Imagineer It! Homeschool Drop-off Workshop

Celebrate National Engineering Week with a workshop to test your craftsmanship, skill, and ingenuity.  Create  a wearable LED light-up gadget/jewelry, build a 2-liter bottle rocket launcher, then craft and race your own alternative energy contraption.  Ages 7-12.  A healthy nut-free snack will be included.  Payment in full is required to complete registration and hold each registrant’s spot.  Register early and save big!  Cost: Early registration prior to Friday, February 8th is $15 for Hands On! members, $20 for non-members; Late registration after February 8th is $20 for Hands On! members, $25 for non-members. Cancellation is required by February 8th in order to receive a full refund. To ensure a fun, effective, and consistent experience, we do not allow parents/guardians to be present in our workshops.  To register, email or call 423-434-4263 ext. 808.

Tuesday, February 26th, 4-6pm – Fossil & Artifact ID Night

You don’t have to be a paleontologist to find fossils, but identifying them is a different story.  Bring in any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist from the Gray Fossil Site available to look at your discoveries. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits.

Thursday, March 14th – Pi Day

Join us for all things Pi and pie!  Programs and activities by announcement throughout the day.  FREE with paid general admission while supplies last.  Some activities may contain small parts and food allergens.

Saturday, March 16th, 10am-2pm – St. Patrick’s Day Pop-in Workshop

Stop in anytime between 10am and 2pm to expose some Leprechaun secrets!  Make Leprechaun slime, create your own solar-powered, color-changing Leprechaun bead bracelet, and grow Leprechaun “eggs” that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye.  Children must be supervised at all times, due to small parts this workshop is recommended for ages 3+. Materials fee of $5 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

More programs coming soon!