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September 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Details

Tinkering, a popular activity that is a key component of the nationwide “Maker Movement,” takes place every day in the Museum of Discovery’s Tinkering Studio. Once a year at Tinkerfest, tinkering takes over the entire museum and neighboring streets for a day-long event with more than 40 hands-on, interactive activities. Each activity engages children and adults, teaches visitors how everyday objects such as cars and computers work, and provides opportunities to explore the engineering and science behind building objects.

We need Tinkerfest volunteers!  Sign up here! 

Tinkerfest 2017 Activities

Crazy Straw Felt & Washer Stringing
DIY Robot Hands
Squishy Circuits
Shrinky Dinks/Jewelry Making
Tiny Drawings
501st Legion (Empire/Dark Side Star Wars characters)
Rebel Legion (Star Wars characters)
Lego Garverville
Lego Balancing Sculptures
Lego Pinball
Lego Art Bots
Lego WeDo
Lego Battle Track
Lego Rover Build Challenge
Harding Robotics Team
SPP – Circuit Blocks & Energy Grid
Dassault Falcon Jet – Airplane Design
Amazeum – Makey Makey
ASC – LED Flower/Skull Pins
ASU – Finger Knitting
AMNR – Blinky Bugs
Car Take Apart (Two Cars!!!)
East Harding – Construction
Kiewit – Climb in a Construction Rig & Kappla
Cardboard Creations
Welspun – Spiral Pipes
Mr. Plastic – Acrylic Sculptures
Baldwin & Shell – Making Connections with Materials
Dowel Rod Geometric Structures
Giant Lincoln Logs
Water Play (Four Stations – Great for small children
Newspaper Domes
Make Your Own Gondola – Zip Line
Stomp & Shoulder Catapults
Giant Rubber Band/Yarn Art
Pan Flutes
Sound Exploration/Grammaphone
Spin Art
Natural Dyes


We are very thankful for our corporate sponsors.