This Hands-On Science Workshop draws inspiration from the tinkering with technology that has made Silicon Valley so famous, sometimes out of a garage workshop, like Bill Hewlett and David Packard founding HP in their Palo Alto garage, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs building Apple computers in a Los Altos garage, or Larry Page and Sergey Brin launching Google out of a garage in Menlo Park.
Tinkering involves a loose process of trying things out, learning from failure, reflecting, and trying again which leads to great new inventions. “Tinkering is the way that real science happens, in all its messy glory.” (Sylvia Martinez).
So grab some safety goggles and a screw driver to take apart and make things, design a jumpy robot with an artistic bent, or partake in a design challenge inspired by The Tech Museum’s amazing ball machine -- located outside at the Park Street entrance. We’ve got everything you need to tinker with technology, and then go forth to create world-changing innovations someday in a garage workshop of your own.
Tinker-Tech Programs and Times
Vincent Van Go-Bot
Learn about simple circuits as you build a vibrobot that draws based on the way you’ve designed it to vibrate.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Construct a ball machine contraption that can make a direct hit on a target thanks to potential and kinetic energy.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Mouse Guts & Other Take-Aparts
Tinker with technology as you take apart a computer mouse or keyboard to figure out how microprocessors and other parts make them work.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Between the above scheduled programs, get inspired by or tinker with ways to make Rube-Goldberg devices in our Hands-On Science Workshop that pays tribute to Silicon Valley innovators who have tinkered in their garage workshops.