Design Quest

Wednesday – Sunday

All Ages

Accessible

Design. Build. Invent.

Design Quest inspires kids to come up with their own ideas, build prototypes, and test their designs to see if they can rise to the challenge. Check out what you can do in Design Quest today.

About Design Quest

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Engage and Discover

Design Quest challenges inspire collaboration and innovation in visitors of all ages. Tinker with unexpected materials, design wind turbines, and tell your story with stop-motion in select elements from the Design Quest exhibit.

Design Quest

A young child setting a ball at the top of a ramp

Ramps and Rollers

Ramps are one of the basic mechanical devices that allow humans to do work more easily. We use ramps as tools to do ordinary things like loading a truck, or pushing a wheelchair up to an entrance while avoiding the stairs. We also employ ramps for really fun engineering, like designing roller coasters!

A child creating a Stop-Motion Story

Stop-Motion Stories

See your own stories and ideas come to life using stop-motion. Stop-motion is an animation technique that has been used by filmmakers for over 100 years to create movement, using still objects and even drawings. Now’s your chance to get creative with our new stop-motion stations.

A child creating her own invention at the Make Station exhibit

Make Station

Creativity combined with engineering helps us prepare for the future by developing inventions that enable us to both survive and thrive in environments like space, the deep ocean, and our ever-changing Earth.

A child catches a scarf flying in the air.

Fly High

Engineers use their knowledge of air to do things like land safely with a parachute, fly planes, stabilize helicopters, and much more. Can you do the same with our wind tubes and hover table?

Two happy young people experimenting at the Wind Works station

Wind Works

Engineers, especially those in the Bay Area, are working toward sustainable energy solutions by using the power of the wind to generate electricity. The need for wind power is continually growing.

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Rocket Launch

Launching a rocket into space is a difficult task because of various factors. The efficiency, reliability, and safety of a rocket all depend on the quality of engineering design.

A youth experiments with the eartquake-safe structure.

Shake & Rattle

Design, build, and test your own earthquake-safe structures. Explore how buildings behave when the earth starts to shake, and how engineers use science to build safer homes & offices.

Plan Your Visit

Now open Wednesday through Sunday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Admission

General

Age 3+: $20

Kids under 2: FREE

Members: FREE

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