Tinkering Lab: Open Studio for Makers

Tinkering Lab: Open Studio for Makers

Build something!

The Tinkering Lab is a new, experimental space where visitors try their hand at engineering whimsical contraptions using real tools and materials. Tinkering Lab activities require cooperation, concentration, and a playful "tinkering mindset": you'll design, test, fail, redesign, and share your creations alongside other participants. Program is designed for adults and families with children age 8 and over. 

Open: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 15: 11 am to 4 pm: “Electric Island” 
Wednesday, April 16: 11 am to 4 pm: “Electric Island” 
Thursday, April 17:  11 am to 4 pm: “Inflatable Art” 
Friday, April 18: 11 am to 2 pm: “Scribble Bots"

Electric Island: visitors build houses and buildings, add electricity to their building for lights and other devices, then add their buildings to a ‘community built’ island city.
Inflatable Art: visitors design and construct 3D shapes and objects using sheets of clear plastic, scissors, and tape. The creations come to life and take their designated shape when inflated with air. 
Scribble Bots: visitors make moving robots that trace fun patterns with markers using weighted toy motors, batteries, wires, and other everyday materials. 

Tinkering Lab Notes: Real Tools Develop Real Skills—the Tinkering Lab uses real tools and small parts and is not recommended for children under 8 years of age. Activities in the Tinkering Lab are designed for in-depth participation; plan on spending 25-45 minutes in the Lab. 

Audience: Families
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Friday, April 18, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm