Exhibits & Programs

Tinker Tank

Join us April 13 for a special Tinker Tank event. So much design in LEGO can be accomplished with the most humble of LEGO pieces: Bricks and Beams. Design LEGO Minecraft creepers, build a model of Pacific Science Center’s arches and create a DNA strand model. Once you’ve warmed up, try your hand at an individualized free-build design. Instructors will be present to assist the building process.

Come check out Tinker Tank, our hands-on design space, in Building 3 by the Denny Way windows. This bright space offers staffed, hands-on activities on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. When the space is not staffed it’s open for exploring paper folding with a variety of origami patterns.

Activities
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

Facilitation/Exploration
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.

Jen Fox - Maker In Residence

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:

Maker Volunteers Needed

Do you love making things, tinkering with objects, building with mechanical parts or experimenting with electronics? Share your passion for making things with others by becoming a Maker Space Facilitator Volunteer. Learn More