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Father assists his daughter in building a lever with a hand.

Flex Your Design Muscles

Open Daily, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
A-Level

It’s fun to use your 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.

Upcoming Ingenuity Challenges

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

January 25—February 23 | Optical Illusions
Design, build, and test your own optical illusion while learning about the human eye as part of our newest Ingenuity challenge. Observe and compare how optical illusions work as you create fun and unique designs.

February 25–March 22 | Linkages and Moving Toys
Find your inner engineer and artist by exploring linkages. Use mechanical linkages to prototype mechanisms with specific movements while designing your own animated characters and moving toys.

March 24–May 3 | Marble Machines
Use ramps, lifts, tubes, and jumps to design, build, and test your own creative marble machine. Get your marble from Point A to Point B, all while following some surprising paths in between.

May 5–June 7 | Pinball Palooza
Learn the inner mechanics of a pinball machine, then construct your own! Use everyday materials to create flippers, plungers, and ramps to make your pinball machine uniquely yours.

Join us Memorial Day weekend for a special card activity from May 23rd–May 25th. Explore circuits while creating your own unique greeting card that can light up with the use of copper tape, LEDs, and more.

Five Years of Ingenuity