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Flex your design muscles

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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 Fall Program

October/November: 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.

December/January: 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.

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