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Children having fun in Design Quest exhibit

Design. Build. Invent.

Design Quest inspires kids to come up with their own ideas, build prototypes, and test their designs to see if they can rise to the challenge. Check out what you can do in Design Quest today.

Design Quest challenges inspire collaboration and innovation in visitors of all ages. Tinker with unexpected materials, design wind turbines, and tell your story with stop-motion in select elements from the Design Quest exhibit. Explore engineering design challenges in the Ingenuity Lab on weekends and holiday breaks.

What can you do in Design Quest?

Mars Rover landing on surface

NASA’s Mars Rover Landing Game

Rover missions allow scientists to study planets that are too far for astronauts to travel. These missions use human ingenuity and advanced technologies to safely land on the surface of other planets.

Planetary Rover

Rocket Launch

Launching a rocket into space is a difficult task because of various factors. The efficiency, reliability, and safety of a rocket all depend on the quality of engineering design.

Planetary Rover

Planetary Rover

Planetary rovers are designed to carry astronauts and tools across various terrains. Whether navigating rocky soils, sand dunes, or steep slopes, rovers help us explore the worlds beyond the landing site.

Ramps and Rollers

Ramps and Rollers

Ramps are one of the basic mechanical devices that allow humans to do work more easily. We use ramps as tools to do ordinary things like loading a truck, or pushing a wheelchair up to an entrance while avoiding the stairs. We also employ ramps for really fun engineering, like designing roller coasters!

Fold and Fly

Fold and Fly

Airplanes are a wonderful example of the power of science and engineering. Over the past 100 years, aeronautics engineers have made numerous modifications to these flying creations that carry us around the world in mere hours.

Wind Works

Wind Works

Engineers, especially those in the Bay Area, are working toward sustainable energy solutions by using the power of the wind to generate electricity. The need for wind power is continually growing.

Fly High

Fly High

Engineers use their knowledge of air to do things like land safely with a parachute, fly planes, stabilize helicopters, and much more. Can you do the same with our wind tubes and hover table?

Stop-Motion Stories

Stop-Motion Stories

See your own stories and ideas come to life using stop-motion. Stop-motion is an animation technique that has been used by filmmakers for over 100 years to create movement, using still objects and even drawings. Now's your chance to get creative with our new stop-motion stations.

Make Station

Make Station

Creativity combined with engineering helps us prepare for the future by developing inventions that enable us to both survive and thrive in environments like space, the deep ocean, and our ever-changing Earth.

Ingenuity Lab

Ingenuity Lab

It’s fun to use your human ingenuity to solve problems and meet challenges! By approaching things in creative ways, and by applying your own talents and skills, you can discover solutions that are uniquely you.