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Tinkerers' Club

Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club
Tinkerers' Club

Join us for the Tinkerers’ Club every Saturday in the Tinkering Studio! Dream it, create it, and take it home!

Tinkerers are invited to learn new skills and make awesome take-home projects! Open to tinkerers of all ages (with an accompanying adult). From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.


Price per project:

Nonmembers $15 Members $12. Please note online fees may apply.

Please Note: Registered program participants and their families will need to purchase Fleet admission in addition to the Tinkerers' Club activity fee. Registered Tinkerers' Club participants should enter the museum though the main rotunda entrance and arrive at the Tinkering Studio (located on the Science Center's 1st floor next to Cellular Journey) by 10:30 a.m. to enjoy the fun!

Science Center members can always enjoy access to the exhibit galleries with their current membership pass. Members must purchase tickets online or at the ticket counter.

Quantities are limited and may not be available the day of the activity. Sign up early to secure your spot! All applicable online fees apply. No tickets can be bought online the day of the event.

Questions? Call the Fleet at: (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

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All About Space

August 16: Star Art

TINKERERS’ CLUB: Chemical Skills Lab

Tinkerers will explore chemical reactions and what happens when massive stars explode! Using vinegar, baking soda and paint, tinkerers will create supernova-inspired artwork on canvas.

Family Science Saturday: Star Geometry! Tinkerers will use geometric forms and color to create exploded star-inspired artwork. 

August 23: Living in Space

TINKERERS’ CLUB: Space Farming. What would it be like to farm on the International Space Station? Tinkerers will explore “farming” with unusual materials such as plastic bottles and plastic bags. They will create a habitat for a seedling in the Tinkering Studio, and then take their vegetable home.                 

Family Science Saturday: Create your own Bio-Domes and “Martian Housing” from recycled and biodegradable materials. 

August 30: Red Rover, Red Rover, Explore All Over

TINKERERS’ CLUB: Solar-Powered Vehicles. Make your own solar-powered vehicle and test it out in the San Diego sunshine (weather permitting).

Family Science Saturday: Get up close to the Fleet’s model Lunar Rover and use it for inspiration to create your own space-inspired vehicles from recycled materials. 


September 6
Solar Energy: Firefly Mason Jars

Tinkerers will create their very own solar powered lanterns in this week’s Tinkerers’ Club.  Using solar panel technology, tinkerers will learn how to harness the power of the sun to create eco-friendly lighting for their backyards. 

Family Science Saturday: Fun with Physics!
This month, Tinkerers will have the opportunity to conduct biology, physics and chemistry experiments in the Tinkering Studio.   

September 13
Basic Building and Chemical Skills Lab: Decoupage!

Use basic building skills to construct a wooden tangram puzzle. Then Tinkerers will use chemistry skills to create a clear adhesive medium that can be used to apply paper, cloth and other materials to the tangram pieces to customize it as their own.

Family Science Saturday: Papier Mâché!
Use papier mâché to construct robots, rockets ships, hot air balloons and more from recycled materials. Paint and decorate your creations!

September 20
Soldering Skills Lab: Solder Away!

Can you solder? This Saturday in Tinkerer’s Club, we will explore circuits and use soldering techniques to attach LED lights to miniature circuit boards. Tinkerers will have their very own light-up creation to take home.

Family Science Saturday: Circuit Workshop!
Explore circuits! Learn the difference between closed circuits and open circuits. Use circuits to make your own lights, spinning motors and more.

September 27
Basic Building and Chemical Skills Lab: Pinhole Cameras and Printing

This Saturday Tinkerers’ will explore photography techniques and design their own pinhole camera.  Tinkerers’ can create Van Dyke prints of their outdoor images. 

Family Science Saturday: Camera Obscura
Explore the origins of photography and how the eye works. View the world upside down with your very own camera obscura.