What are RIMOSA “Asynchronous” Distance Learning Kits?

Art In Nature — Rock Stacking

Can’t take one of our Distance-Learning classes? Don’t worry – these kits will help you have a  RIMOSA experience on your own!

    • We provide a box of physical materials needed to participate in some of the hands-on STEAM programming RIMOSA is known for.

    • Kits can be mailed, dropped off or picked up at 763 Westminster St., Providence, by appointment.

    • These kits provide the materials, while the included written material and video links provide the inspiration any time you have the time to access the internet.

    • Remote participants are encouraged to email images or videos of their creations to inforimosa@gmail.com so their work can be uploaded to RIMOSA social media, to help create a community of makers sharing their creations and responding to others.

    • All participants keep their kits for further experimentation!

How much do RIMOSA Asynchonous Distance Learning Kits cost?

Individuals can order single kits for $20 each, or a full suite of 6 programs for $120.  An additional charge is required for shipping and handling, which can be waived if you are able to pick them up at the museum.



What makes RIMOSA Asynchronous Distance Learning Kits Different?

Although there are a variety of “science kits”, even “science kit subscription services” available, RIMOSA’s service is different because:

1. RIMOSA Kits don’t contain detailed instructions to follow to reach a specific end goal. They contain introductions to ideas and encouragement to creatively problem solve with open-ended and hands-on suggestions.

2. RIMOSA Kits contain sufficient materials to work with, but encourage the creative addition of any other materials participants can find. For example, a roller coaster built only with the materials provided will be fun, but participants are encouraged to add shoes, books, recycled materials and so on.

3. RIMOSA Kits have an element of community. Since the kits are open-ended, there are a myriad of possibilities for what individuals will create within the guideline. Having an online space for the posting and sharing of ideas introduces young would-be makers to others with similar enthusiasm, allows them to give and receive feedback in a moderated setting, and teaches them the importance of learning from peers and collaboration.

Art In Nature:

Use natural materials such as rocks, sticks and colored leaves (kit leaves are paper) to construct Goldsworthy inspired sculptures. Be inspired by Michael Grab, Rocky Byun and other artists, and practice the patient and gravity-defying art of rock stacking. Try your hand at stacking other natural or household items.

Part of the Artists and Inventors Suite #1, available now!

RIMOSA Art in Nature Distance Learning Program
RIMOSA Marble Rollercoaster Distance Learning Program

Marble Roller Coaster:

Learn about Rube Goldberg, the man behind the cartoons. Then explore the connection between potential and kinetic energy by using tubes, tape and other household materials to create creative marble “roller coasters”. 

Part of the Artists and Inventors Suite #1, available now!

Mobiles & Stabiles:

Be inspired by the work of Alexander Calder. Design and create your own kinetic, colorful, and balanced mobiles out of wood, wire and colored shapes that students form themselves.  In other work, use 2D materials – colorful cardstock – to create 3D works of art and engineering.

Part of the Artists and Inventors Suite #1, available now!

RIMOSA Mobiles and Stabiles Distance Learning Program
RIMOSA Quilting Stories Distance Learning Program

Quilting Stories:

Tell your own story through art using fabric scraps and cardstock. Inspired by Faith Ringgold’s unique style, make your own quilt squares to share your experience.

Part of the Artists and Inventors Suite #1, available now!

Biomimicry & Kinetic Wind Sculptures: 

Design and build wind-powered kinetic sculptures based on the anatomical inspiration of Leonardo da Vinci’s ornithopter and Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests.

Part of the Artists and Inventors Suite #1, available now!

RIMOSA Kinetic Sculptures Distance Learning Program
RIMOSA Yarn Storming Distance Learning Program

Yarn Storming:

Use simple materials to build a “spool knitter” and use it to make a material. Then take your creation and use to draw attention to some common object and make people smile, as is done in the public art of “Guerrilla Knitting” or “Yarn Storming”.

Part of the Artists and Inventors Suite #1, available now!

Coming Soon! A second suite of 6 STEAM programs!

Color Chemistry: 

Explore the junction of color and chemistry! Learn about the use of chromatography in real life, how to separate pigments in ink (is black really black?),  and use this technique to create unique water-color type artwork or secret messages.

Coming soon!

Nano / Thin Films:

A nanometer is 1 billionth the size of a meter! Learn about nano-scale and nanotechnology. Do hands-on activities including making iridescent 500 nanometer thick “thin films” you can manipulate and play with.

Coming soon!

Space Origami:

Learn how the art of folding paper has inspired designs for NASA – from satellite solar panels to a “starshade” to other types of hardware. Make “solar panels” on a mock-up satellite fit into the “rocket” designed to bring it into orbit.

Coming soon!

Perspectives / Constellations:

Explore the 3 dimensional form of space – how different common constellations look when viewed from places other than Earth. Design and build images that change according to where they are viewed.

Coming soon!

Math in Nature / Tessellations:

Learn about tessellations – fascinating mathematical structures made up of repeating patterns, like tiles or honeycomb. See how artist M.C. Escher used them to create dizzying artwork, then learn how to easily make some of your own!

Coming soon!

Leonardo da Vinci / Catapults:

Using da Vinci’s catapult as inspiration, design, build and test your own mini catapult using the provided household objects.

Coming soon!