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Father assists his daughter in building a lever with a hand.

Flex Your Design Muscles

Open Weekends & Select Holidays
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Please call Visitor Services at 510-642-5132 for scheduling questions.

It’s fun to use your 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 Daily During Summer

Open Daily, June 10–September 10
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
On A Level

The Ingenuity Lab will be open every day on the main floor this summer. Join us all week long to tinker with hydraulic machines, build custom moving toys, design your own artbot, or create a marble run. Check out the schedule of engineering challenges below and get ready for a summer of engineering fun!

Upcoming Ingenuity Lab Challenges

Design, build, and test wind turbines to harness the power of the wind. In this engineering design challenge, you will experiment with various blade designs to find out how much electricity you can generate!

May–June 4 | Turbines & Windmills
Design, build, and test wind turbines to harness the power of the wind. In this engineering design challenge, you will experiment with various blade designs to find out how much electricity you can generate!

*Please note, the Ingenuity Lab will be open 12:00 noon–4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

June 10–July 2 | 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.

*Please note, the Ingenuity Lab will be open 12:00 noon–3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

July 3–23 | Linkages & Moving Toys
Find your inner engineer and artist by exploring linkages. Use two-dimensional mechanical linkages to prototype mechanisms with specific movements, then design your own animated characters and moving toys.

July 24–August 13 | Circuitry & Artbots
Experiment with engineering and motion as you design, build, and test artbots. Observe and compare how your motorized contraptions perform as you create surprising and unexpected patterns.

Stop by the Ingenuity Lab Monday–Friday to experiment with circuitry and build your own jitterbots, or visit Saturday–Sunday to design custom LEGO® artbots.

August 14–September 10 | Marble Machines
Use ramps, lifts, tubes, and jumps to design, build, and test your own creative ball run that allows your marble to get from Point A to Point B, all while following some really cool paths in between.

Five Years of Ingenuity

Previous Ingenuity Lab Challenges

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, by following some really cool paths in between.

Vehicles
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.

Linkages and Moving Toys
Find your inner engineer and artist by exploring linkages. Use two-dimensional mechanical linkages to prototype mechanisms with specific movements, then design your own animated characters and moving toys.

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

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