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.
Digital meets physical with a combination of tools and technologies.
Wood and wire kinetic sculptures that animate a character or scene when the handle is turned.
Play around with different materials to build your construction sets.
Use slotted construction to build real or imaginary animals. Rearrange parts in whimsical and unexpected ways.
Design simple or complex shapes in code and bring them into the physical world using a variety of tools.
Use household objects to design creative switches that add delight and whimsy to larger creations.
Add markers to LEGO technic pieces to create art machines that draw patterns as they move.