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.

Ingenuity Lab Summer Program

Do design challenges every day in the Ingenuity Lab's summer location in Design Quest. Design, build and test your own inventions with the help of UC Berkeley students, staff and teen interns.

Daily, June 13–August 30, 2015
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

June 13–July 5: Circuitry
Engage in fun ways to explore circuitry. Create simple and complex circuits and design, build and test new inventions using motors, buzzers, light and moveable parts. Design and create your own painting machine or build an electronic game to test how quickly you can respond.

July 6–July 26: Marble Machines
Ramps, lifts, tubes, jumps. Design, build and test your own creative ball run that allows your marble to get from Point A to Point B, and following some really cool paths in between.

July 27–August 16: Hydraulics – Water Powered Machines
Have you ever wondered how a crane is able to lift heavy objects or how desk chairs can go up or down at the push of a lever? Come and design innovative hydraulic and pneumatic systems that can lift, push or pull an object.

August 17–August 30: Structures, Linkages & Moving Toys
Find your inner engineer and artist by exploring structures and linkages. Design and build animated characters using cardboard linkages. Explore how strong paper can be as you build and test structures out of various recycling materials and test them for their performance.

Previous Ingenuity Lab challenges:

Come and explore hydraulic and pneumatic systems that make it easier to lift heavy objects.

Water Engineering with ReNUWit
How do engineers influence the water we use and drink? Engineers at ReNUWIt are re-inventing the nation's urban water infrastructure. Be a water engineer and design your own systems to make urban water safe, sustainable, and (re)useable. For more information about ReNUWIt visit their website at

Design and build a mechanical sculpture out of a shoebox. Choose a motion, make the cams, levers, and linkages to turn your shoebox into a cardboard automata that you get to take home.

Design a vehicle to conquer our obstacle course. Try different wheels and treads. Experiment with motors and gears. Program your vehicle to stop, start, and turn its way through the course

Design and experiment with different boat designs and test your boat on the water. How fast does it go? Can it carry some extra weight?