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Flex your design muscles

Open Daily June 11–September 5
10:00 a.m.–3:00 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 Summer Program 2016

Do Ingenuity Lab challenges every day in the Ingenuity Lab on the museum floor. Design, build, and test your own inventions with the help of UC Berkeley students, staff, and teen interns.

June 11–July 4: Circuitry
Engage in fun ways to explore circuitry. Create simple and complex circuits, then design, build, and test new inventions using motors, buzzers, light, and movable parts.

July 5–24: 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.

July 25–August 14: 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 press of a lever? Come and design innovative hydraulic and pneumatic systems that can lift, push, or pull an object.

August 15–September 5: 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.

Five Years of Ingenuity

Previous Ingenuity Lab challenges

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.

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.

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

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?

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