Exhibits & Programs
Come check out Tinker Tank, our hands-on design space in Carnevali Pavillion by the entrance to the Boeing IMAX Theater. This bright space offers staffed, hands-on activities weekdays 1-5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. When the space is not staffed, it’s open for exploring paper folding with a variety of origami patterns.
We experiment with aerodynamics using some wind tables (vertical wind tunnels), gravity walls, cardboard amusement parks, Keva blocks, electric circuits and much more. We change the activity every couple of months which means you can always expect something new and interesting. We design activities that are hands-on, open ended and encourage people to try out different ways of thinking. We welcome everyone and believe that everyone has the ability to be an innovator and create something amazing
Tinker Tank is founded on the idea of iterating and learning through failure. You are going to have opportunities to build and design and opportunities for those designs not to work. We want to give you the tools you need to keep going, to new approaches, and to be proud of your work. During our facilitated activity hours, staff and volunteers are on hand and eager to help you figure out challenges and help explore new ideas together. In Tinker Tank there are no right answers, but only different ways of thinking about a problem.
Tinker Lab (New!)
Want a deeper dive into activities that you find in Tinker Tank? Join us for a pilot program, Tinker Lab. Families can participate in 1.5 hour long workshop that focuses on one activity with the facilitation of our Tinker Tank Program Leads. This pilot program will feature the following two Lab sessions. Lab sessions are included with general admission and free for Pacific Science Center Members. To sign-up, add the desired session to your general admission ticket.
Tinker Lab: 3D Modeling & Printing
Saturday, January 7 (Room 311 from 2–3:30 p.m.)
Tinker Lab: Paper Circuits/Pop-Up Cards
Saturday, January 21 (Room 301 from 2–3:30 p.m.)
Tinker Lab: Makey Makeys & Scratch
Wednesday, February 1 (Room 311-312 from 2–3:30 p.m.)
Tinker Lab: 2D Design & Vinyl Sticker Making
Saturday, February 18 (Room 311-312 from 2–3:30 p.m.)
Tinker Tank Fix-It Activity Sessions
Do you have old toys, broken appliances or hand-me-downs sitting around? Bring your defective items to a Fix-It Session at Tinker Tank!
Once a month, we’ll have experienced volunteers and staff on-site to help you learn how to fix mechanical and wiring problems in old appliances like toasters, vacuums, toys, speakers and more.
Fix-It Sessions are from 1-5 p.m. and are included with general admission; free for Pacific Science Center Members. Please allow at least 30 minutes to participate in a Fix-It Session. Please fill out the form below.
Meet Our Maker in Residence
Pacific Science Center now has a Maker In Residence. She is Jennifer Fox, a very sharp maker, tinkerer, self-described engineer/maker/educator who loves explaining how you can learn how things work, how to create things, how to fix things, and a whole lot more. She can be found in Tinker Tank most Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Learn more about her in this short PacSci Podcast: