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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

The Ingenuity Lab will be temporary closed September 6–27, 2016
Learn about the Hall’s Annual Closure, and visit the Ingenuity Lab weekends and select holidays starting October 1, 2016.

Open Weekends & Select Holidays Starting October 1, 2016
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.

Ingenuity Lab 2016–2017 Program

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

October–November: 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.

Winter Weeks (12/17–1/1): 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, all while following some really cool paths in between.

December–January
Find your inner engineer and artist by exploring linkages. Engage in problem solving as you explore linkages in this hands-on engineering design activity. Tinker with two-dimensional mechanical linkages to explore different movements, then design your own moving toy.

February: RENUWIt
How do engineers influence the water we use and drink? Engineers at ReNUWIt are reinventing 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 renuwit.org.

March–April: Circuitry & Artbots
Engage in fun ways to explore engineering, circuitry, and motion. Tinker with circuit boards to explore simple and complex circuits, and design, build, and test your own LEGO® artbot that draws as it moves.

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.

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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