Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab and 8-Bit Lounge

This is a combined 9,000 square feet of floor space dedicated to children and teens, where they can learn through creating, listen to their favorite comic artist or writer speak and feel welcomed in the geek community.

In 2016, the Lab had experiments, art and fun! Here are a few highlights:

  • The Zen Gallery. Attendees viewed art created throughout the year by children in our Pop Culture Classroom workshops as well as by inmates who participated in the LEAD With Comics program. They also got their zen on by inking and coloring student created comics.
  • Arts and Experiments area. Here, we had costume crafts (shields, masks, bracers) as well as STEAM activities every hour.
  • Popsicle stick catapults (aka Tribble Blasters), Galaxy Gak and Squishy Circuits. At the end of the day, kids came back with their Tribble Blasters for an all-out Tribble Extravaganza!
  • We upped our engineering game with group building competitions and the addition of Copper Tape Circuits.
  • We explored the powers of our favorite heroes and villains in the SUPER SENSES LAB!
  • The Colorado Modeling Militia Enjoying Sci-Fi brought paper make & takes as well as model demonstrations. After creating a paper model, you could take it to ASIFA’s table to create stop motion animation.
  • Red Team Go did zombie make-up and created free sketches. Plus, we had the CSO with the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.
  • The All –Ages Stage knocked their socks off! We inspired students of all ages with simple art lessons, helping them to create their own 4-panel comics and animation. As always, we had some BIG surprises and a lot of fun scheduled (remember John Barrowman, William Shatner and Adam West?). 
  • The lovely people from Jackman Brothers Production created awesomely geeky balloon pieces, plus Disney trained face painters!


8-Bit Lounge

This is a stage inside the LAB for teens and is a bit more intimate. There are comfy couches and bean bags for teens (ages 12–19) to get up close and have meaningful conversations with artists, writers, and other professionals. Guest artists will work on a piece while answering questions from teens about their experiences, and there will be Q & A sessions with comic, TV and film creators and other pop culture pros. This area is intended to show teens that there are many areas they can explore in the pop culture world, and we hope it helps them make informed decisions about their future.