Plan Your Visit

Tinker Tank

Tinker Tank is our hands-on tinkering space in Carnevali Pavilion by the entrance to the Boeing IMAX® Theater. This bright space offers daily engineering and design challenges, and hands-on activities. Guests can expect to see a variety of areas for tinkering with paper airplanes, LEGO, wooden architecture, and much more. Each day Tinker Tank has a staffed drop-in activity, and many different unfacilitated activities that guests can explore on their own. We encourage guests to design, test, and redesign their creations as we work together to solve fun engineering tasks.

Our Philosophy
In Tinker Tank there are no right answers, only different ways of approaching a problem. We strongly believe that testing and redesigning are key features in the scientific design process, and failures are a learning opportunity. Our staff and volunteers are eager to help visitors puzzle through design problems and explore new ideas. We want to give guests the tools they need to persevere through roadblocks, discover new approaches, and to be proud of their work at the end of the day.

Drop-In Activities
Tinker Tank offers both staffed and unstaffed activities all day! Come tinker with thousands of LEGO bricks, or build the next Colosseum out of wooden Keva blocks. Our LEGO bricks, Keva blocks, vertical wind tables, origami tables, and gravity walls are always available for exploration.

Additionally, our engaged and knowledgeable staff host a variety of activities that change once or twice a week. We design activities that are hands-on, open ended and require thinking outside the box. We believe that everyone has the ability to innovate and create something amazing!

On any given day you could see one of these challenges:

  • Hydraulics
  • Circuit Blocks
  • Hootitats
  • Earthquake table
  • Crash test
  • Scribble-bots
  • Lego Dominoes
  • Lego City
  • Paper Rockets
  • Mechanical Limbs
  • Egg Drop, Pringle Drop
  • Duck Regatta
  • Stop on a Dime
  • Air Foils

Tinkering Workshops

For Families
Want to learn to solder? Maybe design your own moving toy, or build an animation machine? Exercise both creativity and technical skill in Tinker Tank’s family workshops, designed to let kids and their parents work together to design, build, and test something fantastic during an in-depth, 90-minute session. New workshop topics debut each month; just make sure to pick up a free workshop ticket along with your admission – seating is limited!

For School Groups
As part of Pacific Science Center’s Exploration Labs Program for school field trips, Tinker Tank is offering reservable morning programs for schools! Join a Pacific Science Center educator for a hands-on tinkering experience. All of our Exploration Labs encourage students to use the science and engineering practices highlighted in the Next Generation Science Standards. Using mathematical and computational thinking, students will work through the design process: creating, prototyping, and iterating on their ideas. Content is tailored to the grade level of students participating.

For an up-to-date listing, and more information about our school programs, click here, or call us at (206) 443-2925.

Upcoming Events:
Full monthly schedule (PDF)

Special events this month:

november, 2017

24nov12:00 pm5:00 pmMaker in Residence: Chris Stanley

25nov2:00 pm3:15 pmTinker Tank Workshop: Paper Circuits

Volunteer With Us!
Do you love to make things? Do you enjoy sharing your passion for building with others? Pacific Science Center and Tinker Tank are accepting volunteers on a continuous basis.

In addition to Tinker Tank facilitator volunteers, Tinker Tank also hosts a Maker in Residence on select days. Akin to an Artist in Residency program, the Maker in Residence program provides space and materials to support individuals looking to develop, expand, and share their skills in science, technology, engineering, design and tinkering. Our goal is to inspire guests to explore engineering, design, and the maker movement and to demonstrate to guests and volunteers applications of skills from those fields.

Click here for information on all volunteer opportunities.

 

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