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Flex your design muscles

Weekends & 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 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.

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

Ingenuity Lab Spring Program

March/April: Space Robots
Engage in fun ways to explore electricity and make space robots. Create simple and complex circuits and design, build, and test new inventions using motors, buzzers, light, and movable parts.

May/June: Windmills & Turbines
Imagine you are building a settlement on Mars. Design and build a windmill or a turbine that can power your settlement. Test various types of blades to optimally harness the wind's energy, and then see if your windmill can lift a weight.

Five Years of Ingenuity

Previous Ingenuity Lab challenges

Hydraulics
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 renuwit.org.

Automata
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.

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

Boats
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?

See and share Ingenuity Lab photos on Flickr