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

Flex Your Design Muscles

Open daily from 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 Lab Challenges

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

Tuesday, May 1–Friday, June 8 | Wind Turbines
Design, build, and test wind turbines to harness the power of the wind. In this engineering design challenge, you will experiment with blade designs to find out how much electricity you can generate!

Join us for a special activity on Sunday, May 20, where you can design, build, and test your own artbot to create surprising and unexpected patterns.

Saturday, June 9–Thursday, July 5 | 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 push of a lever? Come and design innovative hydraulic systems that can lift, push, or pull an object.

Friday, July 6–Wednesday, July 25 | 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 really cool paths in between.

Thursday, July 26–Wednesday, August 15 | Circuitry and Artbots
Experiment with engineering and motion as you design, build, and test artbots. Observe and compare how your motorized contraptions perform as you create surprising and unexpected patterns.

Thursday, August 16–Monday, September 3 | Linkages and Moving Toys
Find your inner engineer and artist by exploring linkages. Use two-dimensional mechanical linkages to prototype mechanisms with specific movements while designing your own animated characters and moving toys.

Five Years of Ingenuity