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

Flex Your Design Muscles

Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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.

September 15–November 4 | Hydraulics—Water-Powered Machines
Have you ever wondered how a crane is able to lift heavy objects? Or how a desk chair can go up and down at the press of a lever? Come and design your own innovative hydraulic systems that can lift, push, or pull an object.

November 6–December 2; December 22–January 6 | Marble Machines
Use ramps, lifts, tubes, and jumps to 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 surprising paths in between.

December 4–December 21; January 8–January 31 | Pinball Palooza
Learn the inner mechanics of a pinball machine, and construct your own! Use everyday materials to create flippers, plungers, and ramps to make your pinball machine uniquely yours.

Five Years of Ingenuity