Innovation Learning Virtual Series

Explore our online learning series with daily activities and content available on social and via webinar.


STEAM Stories, pre-K-grade 2, 10 a.m. EDT (30 min.)

Engage your little ones with specially themed storytelling and hands-on activities featuring materials that are easily found in the house.

Supported by PNC Bank

  • Monday, 6/1: Habit Spotlight: Learn from Failure, Storytime: After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat
  • Monday, 6/8: Habit Spotlight: Challenge the Rules, Storytime: The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Women to Run the Boston Marathon by Kristina Yee and Frances Poletti
  • Monday, 6/15: Habit Spotlight: Collaborate, Storytime: One Love by (Music Books for Children, African American Baby Books, Bob Marley Book for Kids)
  • Monday, 6/22: Habit Spotlight: Be Empathetic, Storytime: Cara’s Kindness by Kristi Yamaguchi 

NEW - #YouAreInnovationNation Summer Challenge, Grades, K-12, 11 a.m. EDT (5 min)

Did your kids enjoy The Henry Ford’s Innovation learning programs? Are they looking for more exciting summer engagements? Join us for fun-filled, family summer challenges to put your new STEAM, invention and entrepreneurial skills to work.

Weekly Challenge Themes:


Innovation Nation Takeover, all ages, all day

Go all in on some of our favorite moments from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca. Get your fix throughout the day by tuning in to segments curated by our experts and featuring bonus content.

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  • Tuesday, 6/2: Explore all things involving learning from failure at The Henry Ford through curated segments from Innovation Nation.
  • Tuesday, 6/9: Explore all things at The Henry Ford involving challenging the rules through curated segments from Innovation Nation.
  • Tuesday, 6/16: Explore all things involving collaboration at The Henry Ford through curated segments from Innovation Nation.
  • Tuesday, 6/23: Explore all things involving empathy at The Henry Ford through curated segments from Innovation Nation.


Virtual Visit, all ages, 1 p.m. EDT

Our curators are taking over Twitter! Join us every Thursday for a virtual visit and live Q&A session with one of our experts. Arrive with questions, expect the occasional scavenger hunt — and leave with fresh knowledge about each of our six core collections themes.

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  • Thursday, 6/4: Join Curator of Decorative Arts Charles Sable in this Twitter chat for a look at how studio glass evolved through trial and error from simple blobs to art that wows.
  • Thursday, 6/11: Join Curator of Communications & Information Technology Kristen Gallerneaux to discover women’s contributions to technology and art, found in the collections of The Henry Ford.
  • Thursday, 6/18: Join Associate Curator Katherine White for a Twitter Chat to discuss the important role that collaboration played in Charles and Ray Eames’ designs.
  • Thursday, 6/25: John Burroughs was a keen observer of the natural world. His writings extolled the wonders of animals, birds, flowers and nearby landscapes. Explore the life of John Burroughs with associate curator Andy Stupperich.


Kid Inventors, all ages, 12 p.m. EDT (30 min.)

Get an inside look at what inventors from Invention Convention Worldwide are doing throughout the world to solve today's problems.

  • Friday, 6/5: Meet ninth-grader Ethan Klein of Connecticut, who created the 3DuxDesign cardboard-based modeling system, which is on sale throughout the country.
  • Friday, 6/12: Meet 10th-graders Bridgette Castronovo and Taylor McNeal from Kennesaw, Georgia, who created the Biodegradable straw.
  • Friday, 6/19: Meet ninth-grader Arthur Zhang from Winchester, Massachusetts, who created AWARE, a network of sensors that use artificial intelligence to make predictions about natural disasters.

Weekends: The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation

Watch new episodes of Emmy® Award-winning The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation on CBS (check local listings), or download episodes from six seasons anytime on

View upcoming themes for our learning virtual series and access past webinars:

3/30: Mobility
4/6: Design & Making
4/13: Social Transformation
4/20: Agriculture & the Environment
4/27: Information & Communications
5/4: Power & Energy
5/10: Be Empathetic
5/17: Stay Curious
5/24: Take Risks
6/1: Learn from Failure
6/7: Challenge the Rules
6/14: Collaborate
6/22: Be Empathetic
6/29: Stay Curious
7/6: #THFTakeRisks
7/13: #THFLearnfromFailure
7/20: #THFChallengetheRules
7/27: #THFCollaborate

You Are Innovation Nation Challenge
Eight Weekly Innovation Challenges: July 6-Aug. 28, 2020

Team up with the rest of your family to tackle a series of hands-on, brains-on weekly challenges from the inspired minds and experts at The Henry Ford.


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