A STEAM ACTIVITY AREA AT TRAINFEST

NEW IN 2019 – A designated Kids Layout Section in the Kids’ Zone.

This new section of Trainfest will feature layouts built by kids ages 5-14. Varying levels of skill and detail are encouraged.

Young modelers can bring their train and set it up creating an imaginative display with their toys and items made from household items. (Cereal boxes can make great buildings and water bottles cut in half make nice watering troughs for animals!)

Older kids will apply their STEAM learnings by creating a model railroad module that links to other modules.

NEW!

CALLING ALL KIDS. BRING YOUR TRAINS TO TRAINFEST!

Space is limited. Register today!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH OCTOBER 1ST

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participation age levels are broken out between elementary (5-10) and middle school (11-14) ages. Program is open to everyone and it’s free.

  • Individual children
  • Children participating in clubs (4-H, Scouts, Community Centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.)
  • Summer camp participants
  • Students in organized after school activities or classroom projects

Fun. Prizes. Free Train Stuff.

WIN AWARDS

All participants will receive a Trainfest Builders t-shirt, a Make ‘n Take model to showcase on their layout, and a certificate of participation.

Each display will be judged. Categories range from best use of a dinosaur to a best building technique. Prizes and award plaques provided.

Plus, participants can receive donated trainsets and scenery grab bags.

BE AT TRAINFEST FROM START TO FINISH

All participants will set-up their display on the Friday before Trainfest.

Then on Saturday and Sunday of Trainfest, all participants will have the opportunity to interact with the public while they run their trains. It’ll be fun!

All participants – and their parent/guardian – must be present during all of Trainfest show hours.

There is no fee to participate.

Trainfest Builders get free admission to Trainfest! (Mom, Dad or Guardian does too!)

REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH OCTOBER 1ST. SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTER TODAY!

PICK YOUR CATEGORY TO PARTICIPATE

[Category 1] Toy trains set on any size layout board themed by the child

[Category 2] A Display of running trains incorporating elements of model building

[Category 3] Build a Module to Specs and theme it as you wish

Your Child Can Exhibit Their Layout!

REGISTER YOUR CHILD TODAY!

Registration is open through October 1st. Space is limited.

Categories 1 & 2

Table top displays are ideal and should not exceed 4’x8’. Floor displays are possible and can exceed 4’x8’.

 

Category 3

All modules need to contain at least one element demonstrating model building. It can be a constructed, painted model building or a piece of scenery. Modules will be joined together to create a large display.

Download Module to Spec Standards here

Have a question about which category your layout belongs? Don’t find the right category? Just email us. We’ll find the right spot for you!

Space is limited. Register today!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH OCTOBER 1ST

NEED FREE HELP?

ATTEND A TRAINFEST BUILDERS' CLINIC

Expert modelers are on hand to help Trainfest Builders build a module or answer questions.

On select Sundays between Noon and 4pm at the Lake Park Pavilion Community Center in Milwaukee, expert modelers will be on hand to help Trainfest Builders with their modeling or to answer questions.

2019 session dates: May 19, June 16, July 21, and August 18.

Event is free. All ages are welcome. (Children need to be accompanied by parent/guardian.)

Teachers/Leaders are encouraged to attend the May 19 session to maximize student summer participation and learn more about the program.

COME TO A WISE YOUTH GROUP MEET

The WISE Youth Group meets most Saturdays throughout the year between 1-4pm at the Waukesha Gandy Dancers Club House in downtown Waukesha.

All ages are welcome. (Children need to be accompanied by parent/guardian).

Expert modelers at all meets. Come to ask questions on starting a project.

Plus varying demonstrations and hands-on clinics are held. Topics include: Benchwork, Scenery, Model Building, and Electronics.

Membership in the WISE Youth Group is not required. Event is free.

NEED SOME INSPIRATION?

Operate a Home Layout

Created for the Trainfest Junior Engineer program for Jr. Engineers who have achieved Stage 2, the “Operate a Home Layout” program is open to registered Trainfest Builders.

The home layouts are expansive, incredibly detailed, and provide inspiration at every curve.

Operate a Home Layout gives children and their parent/guardian the chance to operate trains with the railroad owner. Layouts are in metro Milwaukee area. Operating sessions are two to four hours and are held on either a Saturday or Sunday. It’s free to participate. Email us for more info.

WHAT IS STEAM?

Officially, it’s the grouping of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math academic disciplines to enable children to apply classroom knowledge successfully through analysis and problem solving.

At Trainfest, STEAM is more than just having fun with trains. It’s about taking what’s learned in the classroom and applying it to model building.

Model Railroading offers a unique opportunity to put all the academic disciplines to work in an integrated project. Electronics to power a train. Math and Engineering to design a layout. Science and Art to build models. Plus it’s just fun!

To learn more about a STEAM education, visit Educate Closet and The U.S. Department of Education.

Visit STEM FORWARD for a list of greater Milwaukee STEM activities, camps, and resources for educators.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU REGISTER TO BE A TRAINFEST BUILDER?

You will receive an exhibitor packet with specific details on move in times and other information.

Attend a Trainfest Builders’ Clinic or a WISE Youth Group Meet … or both! Then get to work on the layout. Parents can help their child on the display — unless the layout or module is being completed as part of a school or club project that have rules otherwise.

Registration

To participate in the NEW Trainfest Builders area, a parent or guardian must completely fill out and submit the form below.

TRAINFEST BUILDERS REGISTRATION

  • Child Participant

  • Parent/Guardian

  • Parent/Guardian/Chaperone while at Trainfest

  • Person Filing this Form (if different from above)

  • Exhibit Information

    Indicate Club name, Summer Camp name or School & Teacher below selection if one of these have been chosen.
  • Exhibit Category

    Select one
  • Want more information

  • Parental Consent

  • You will receive a confirmation of your registration. Only confirmed registrants will be allowed to exhibit.