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Tinkerers' Club

Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club
Tinkerer's Club

Stop by on Saturdays to play, innovate and solve problems with other curious minds in the Tinkerers’ Club, led by our in-house inventors. Take your invention home and share your creation and stories with friends. Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended.

 

Price per project:

Members: $17
Nonm
embers: $20

 

Get Tickets!

 

Gallery admission is not required. Tinkerers who would like to enjoy the rest of the Fleet after the workshop may purchase admission at a discounted rate. Participants meet at the main entrance ticket counter at 10:15 a.m.

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

Quantities are limited and may not be available the day of the activity. Sign up early to secure your spot!

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


SCHEDULE:

July

July 22

Magnetic Sculpture

Magnets! How do they work? Come learn about the opposing forces of attraction and repulsion and harness those powers to make metals defy gravity! 

Recommended Age: 10+

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.

 

August

August 5

Hydraulic Water Rockets

Come learn about pressure, inertia, gravity and thrust through your very own water-powered hydraulic rockets. 

Recommended Age: All Ages Welcome

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.

August 11

Maker Hour: Creative Tools to Photograph the August Eclipse

Join us for a very special Solar Eclipse Maker Hour in collaboration with the Museum of Photographic Arts. From DIY cardboard viewers to crafty pinhole projections, we’ll explore the many ways to safely and creatively photograph the solar eclipse. We'll kick things off covering the basics of the August 21 solar eclipse, then learn about camera technology and build a head-mounted camera obscura and assorted viewers for safe eclipse viewing. The cost of registration covers supplies for creating a viewer and an information packet with additional resources so you leave prepared to get some awesome shots of this rare event! Grab a drink, make new friends and PLAY! at Maker Hour. 

Recommended Age: 21+ 

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Sudio. 

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August 12 

Intro to Arduino

Learn how to build a basic circuit on a breadboard and control it using Arduino. The class is designed for beginners, but experienced users are welcome to bring in their own projects.  Please Note: Arduino not included.

Recommended Age: 10+

Special Rates Apply: Members $20, nonmembers $25.

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.

August 19

Solar Eclipse Viewer

It’s solar week! Learn about solar eclipses and safe methods to view the sun. Visitors will use everyday items to build a viewer that allows them to safely see the solar eclipses, sun storms, solar flares and more. 

Recommended Age: 7+

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.

August 26

Hydraulic Powered Robotic Arm

Use cardboard and syringes to build your own hydraulic robotic arm that can pick up and move small objects. This is a fun way to learn about robotics, levers, fluid dynamics and other amazing principles of engineering. Ages 10+

Recommended Age: 10+

Special Rates Apply: Members $20, nonmembers $25.

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.

SEPTEMBER

September 2

Magnetic Slime

Did you know that it’s possible to make slime magnetic? It stretches, squishes and oozes down to the floor in a long strand. Adding the element of magnet play makes it even more awesome. Learn the science and chemistry behind this strange slimy concoction. 

Recommended Age: 6+

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.

September 16

Geometric String Art

See how art, math and science connect by constructing a model of a 3D surface with string and cardboard. 

Recommended Age: 10+

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.

September 30

Hydraulic Water Rockets

Come learn about pressure, inertia, gravity and thrust through your very own water-powered hydraulic rockets.  

Recommended Age: All Ages Welcome

Supplies are limited. Advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Tinkering Studio.