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.

Open: Weekends & Holidays
12:00 noon–4:00 p.m.

Design, build, and test your own inventions with the help of UC Berkeley students and staff.

Upcoming Ingenuity Lab challenges:

March–April | Hydraulics
Come and explore hydraulic and pneumatic systems that make it easier to lift heavy objects.

May–June | Structures
How can something as flimsy as newspaper hold weights high above the ground? Come learn how to make a sturdy structure like a table, a bridge, or a building using only newspaper

Previous Ingenuity Lab challenges:

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?