Animate Your World
Animate Your World Using only a computer and a webcam, interactive animations allow learners to animate their world using Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu) and their own movements. We use a tool called video sensing that uses motion picked up from the webcam to start and engage with digital animations on the screen. The result is something no...
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.
Animate Your World: Bring a Book to Life
Take your Animate Your World projects a step further by using video sensing to bring your books to life.
A varied collection of starting points and artistic expressions on ideas around balance.
Design whimsical kinetic sculptures by tilting, sliding, and suspending everyday objects in surprising arrangements.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Chain Reaction Explorations
See the expansiveness of cause-and-effect, and how to make experiences like these at home.
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
A collection of circuit and electricity ideas that focus on tools, people, and self-expression.
Computational Tinkering Explorations
Digital meets physical with a combination of tools and technologies.
Cranky Contraption Explorations
Experiment with motion and mechanisms through constructing automata.
Wood and wire kinetic sculptures that animate a character or scene when the handle is turned.
Creative Construction Explorations
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.
Digital Drawings with TurtleArt
Design simple or complex shapes in code, 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.
LEGO Art Machines
Add markers to LEGO technic pieces to create art machines that draw patterns as they move.
LEGO Tinkering Explorations
Combine LEGO with everyday materials through delightful and varied activities.
Light and Shadow Explorations
Take time to notice the shadows in your life and experiment with new ways to play with light.
Create striking images and illusions using nothing more than a camera, a light source, and a little practice.
Paper Circuits: Tiny Theaters
Take Paper Circuits to a new level by telling a story with light and shadow inside a box.
Turn old plastic bags into beautiful new fabrics that you can use to make a variety of fashionable items.
Make a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace its path.
Watch your friends’ eyes light up, as you light up the LED on your clothing just by wearing it!
Draw on top of a shadow - what do you see? Share you shadow with friends and build a collection of imaginative illustrations.
From a tabletop to a computer screen, take whirlwind tour of all things spinning!
Make a spinning top with common household materials like yogurt cups, bottle caps, pencils, cardboard cutouts and more!
Use homemade conductive and resistant play-doh to build electronic sculptures that light up, move, and make sounds.
Tinkering for Young Learners Explorations
Looking at tinkering through an early childhood lens, there's so much to explore!
Stack ordinary objects to build unusual towers in this simple activity for makers and tinkerers of all ages.
Toy Take Apart
Do you ever wonder what’s inside your toys? You’ll make some exciting and surprising discoveries!
Build your own Unstable Table (inspired by the Exploratorium exhibit with the same name!) with everyday materials.
Wind and Air Explorations
Wonderfully windy contraptions are on display, see where the winds of inspiration take you!