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Flex Your Design Muscles

Open Tuesday–Friday, 2:15–3:45 p.m.
Weekends & Select Holidays, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

In Room 175 (C-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 Lab Challenges

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

February | Urban Water Challenge (ReNUWIt)
How do engineers influence the water we use and drink? Engineers at ReNUWIt are reinventing the nation's urban water infrastructure. Be a water engineer and design your own systems to make urban water safe, sustainable, and (re)usable. For more information about ReNUWIt, visit renuwit.org.

March–April | Circuitry and Artbots
Experiment with engineering and motion as you design, build, and test artbots and jitterbots. Observe and compare how your motorized contraptions perform as you create surprising and unexpected patterns.

Spring Science Days: March 30–April 8, 2018 | 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.

May | Turbines and Windmills
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!

Five Years of Ingenuity

Previous Ingenuity Lab Challenges

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.

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.

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.

Design and build a mechanical sculpture out of a shoebox. Choose a motion, then make the cams, levers, and linkages to turn your shoebox into a cardboard automata that you get to take home.

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