The Tinkering Studio Projects
The Tinkering Studio is primarily an R&D laboratory on the floor of the Exploratorium, but whenever possible we try to share our projects, activities, and developing ideas following an “open source” model. Learn how you too can enjoy our activities in your kitchen, garage, classroom, and community.
Tinker with a set of open-ended materials and mechanisms to create sound patterns.
This kit of reusable parts supports participants in building kinetic sculptures that balance on a single point.
Build rollers that move in whimsical ways or make surprising sounds as they scoot, wobble, and tumble down a wide wooden ramp.
A varied collection of starting points and artistic expressions on ideas around balance.
Design whimsical kinetic sculptures by tilting, sliding, and suspending everyday objects in surprising arrangements.
Tinker with the video sensing blocks in Scratch to create animations that respond to actions in the physical world.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
See the expansiveness of cause-and-effect, and how to make experiences like these at home.
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.