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Two girls working on their hydraulic lift. Nearby sign reads Ingenuity Lab: Engineering Design Challenge: Hydraulics; Build a hydraulic system to lift a pumpkin

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.

Spring Science Days in the Ingenuity Lab

Monday, April 3–Friday, April 7
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Enjoy one of our most popular engineering challenges, “Marble Runs,” every day during Spring Science Days. Use a variety of materials, including tubing, ramps, and baskets, to create and test your own unique marble runs.

Upcoming Ingenuity Lab Challenges

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

March–April* | Artbots
Experiment with engineering and motion as you design, build, and test LEGO® artbots. Observe and compare how your motorized contraptions perform as you create surprising and unexpected patterns. Our youngest engineers will experiment with simpler Wobble Bots.

*Please note, the Ingenuity Lab will be open for Spring Science Days, Monday, April 3–Friday, April 7, and will feature “Marble Runs.”

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

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.

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.

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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