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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tinkerfest is a one-day festival that celebrates the creative, curious, and innovative spirit in all of us. Tinkerfest brings together makers, artists, and tinkerers to showcase their work while inviting attendees of all ages to join in DIY fun. During the daylong event, the entire Center will be activated, both interior and exterior spaces, with activities that highlight creativity and curiosity.  A hallmark area of Tinkerfest is the "take apart” zone where tinkerers can see, touch, and learn how something works by assisting in dismantling it. Tinkerfest is geared towards a family audience but intriguing for everyone! The event is a platform for where all ages can experiment and learn together.

Tinkerfest is geared towards a family audience but intriguing for everyone and all ages and skill levels can experiment and learn together. Partners and presenters for the event include The Scott Family Amazeum, Black Girls Code, Fix-It Clinic, Howtoons, Noisebridge, Original Scraper Bike Team, Play Well, Project Ember, Tinker Kitchen, Today’s Future Sound, Wonderful Idea Co., Kijani Grows, Cere Davis, Eastbay Astronomical Society, The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, Art in Action, The Oakland Tool Lending Library, College of Alameda, The Ninety-Nines, OSHPark and Rock & Roll Auto Recycling. 

Tinkerfest is included with regular admission to Chabot Space & Science Center; Adult: $18, Youth (ages 3 -12): $14, Seniors (65+) and Students (13-18 or college ID): $15; Members are Free (Find out about becoming a member here)

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online in advance at www.chabotspace.org.

Sponsored by: United Airlines
Other partners include: AT&T, EBMUD, Rock & Roll Auto Recycling, OSHPark, College of Alameda

Current Event Partners and Activities are listed below. Check back often for updates.

The Scott Family Amazeum

The Scott Family Amazeum, a hands-on museum for children and families in Northwest Arkansas, is the dream of a community - to educate people in the best ways possible for whatever lies ahead and to engage the entire family in exploration, learning, and fun.

Black Girls CODE

Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. 

Activity: SmartGurlz is a line of friendly self-balancing robots and action dolls that engage and encourage girls to learn to code. Connected via smartphone or tablet, SmartGurlz allows girls 6 and up to immerse themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  SmartGurlz Inspires the female leaders of tomorrow, today.

Project Ember

At Project Ember, we build big. We teach kids how to safely use professional power tools, announce a surprise design challenge, and unleash our imaginations in our design sessions. Then we build it, test it, improve it, play with it, ride on it, and show it off. Though every week is unique, one thing is guaranteed: kids will always be able to get in, climb on or operate creations of their very own design.

Activity: Join Project Ember as they design and assemble our very own larger than life DNA helix. We’ll use lumber and drills to build a large-scale replica of a helical DNA, assembling base pairs and building the sequence. We need your help to make it huge!

The Original Scraper Bike Team

The Scraper Bike Movement seeks to capture the creativity of youth living within dangerous communities. It gives them a positive outlet that is fun, educational, and promotes healthy lifestyles. The Scraper Bike Movement offers youth a sustainable group of peers that is positive and motivating. We want to expand and enlighten young people’s perspective on life through fixing and painting bicycles. Our goal is to support youth entrepreneurship and cultural innovation. 

Activity: Learn how to scraperize your bicycle from the pros! Experiment with duct tape and bicycle parts to create unique and fun bike designs. Bring your own bicycle rim if you’d like to take yours home with you!

Tinker Kitchen

Tinker Kitchen is a cooking makerspace with specialized, commercial-grade equipment and hard-to-find ingredients like modernist powders, liquid nitrogen, and more. Coming soon to San Francisco's Mission District, it's a community space with plenty of room to cook, eat, and hang out—by yourself or with friends—all with a flexible makerspace-style schedule. tinkerkitchen.org

Activity: Consider the possibilities of specialized culinary equipment with Tinker Kitchen staff as they extrude pasta, concoct fizzy drinks and whip up butter in a centrifuge.

Today's Future Sound

Today's Future Sound (TFS) uses the power of Hip Hop music & beatmaking as an educational and therapeutic intervention in schools, community centers, and juvenile justice settings. Our team of instructors cover progressive techniques employed in Hip Hop and Electronic music production and DJ'ing.

Activity: Join Today's Future Sound for a live interactive beatmaking workshop in the Megadome. This experience will exhibit the music and skills they teach students and community members across the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. DJ's and beatmakers will pull kids from the audience to program drums and play percussion instruments, with an instruction on sampling and remixing classic tracks.

The Wonderful Idea Company

The Wonderful Idea Company is a creative design studio in the East Bay that develops resources to support the exploration of art, science & technology through making and tinkering.

Car Take Apart and Plane Engine Take Apart

Learn how things work by taking them apart! Tinkerfest will feature two take apart stations. Dismantle an entire car and a plane engine with the help of trained mechanics!

Fix-It Clinic

Fixit Clinic, based primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, provides guided disassembly to help people learn to fix their broken stuff. Bring your broken stuff to the clinic. The Fixit Coaches will help you to evaluate the problem, lend you to tools to attack it, and teach you how to use them. If you fix it, great! If you don't, well you probably learn something new about how it was supposed to work. 


Noisebridge is a hackerspace for technical-creative projects, doocratically run by everyone. They are a non-profit educational institution intended for public benefit. They have a 5,200 square-foot space located in the heart of San Francisco. They teach, we learn, we share. Noisebridge is committed to providing a safe space to work, learn, and play. 

Play-Well TEKnologies

Join Play-Well TEKnologies for a giant Lego© city build! Imagine what your future city might look like and put your engineering skills to the test! 

Play-Well TEKnologies was founded by Tim Bowen in 1997. Introduced to the LEGO® building system in 1996 and recognizing it to be both a popular play medium and a tremendous learning medium, Tim began to develop projects which drew on his professional experience and combined the elements of fun, challenge, and learning. With steady growth of the company, project development is now undertaken by a staff of instructors bent on constantly improving the programs. Play-Well TEKnologies strives to build problem-solving skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression, foster a greater appreciation of how things work and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self confidence in children. They do this in the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects, activities that both the children and the instructors enjoy!

Kijani Grows

Kijani Grows is a farming technology organization located in West Oakland California. They use aquaponics to improve lives in urban and rural communities by utilizing traditional concepts, local materials and modern technologies. Their vision is to reduce disparities by addressing common basic needs using aquaponic technologies and systems through education, job creation and local food access. 

Cere Davis

Cere Davis grew up in parts of Washington and Alaska. After spending a year at the South Pole station of Antarctica she moved to the Bay Area in 2013. She began using her creative energy and professional background in physics and engineering to explore her passion for creating art-science works that are influenced and made possible by the East Bay’s creative Maker resources. Now she produces, collaborates, and participates in a range of projects including dance performance, science exhibits, and art festivals. 

Her works have shown in galleries, science festivals, conferences and public outreach events throughout the U.S. She an educator and the artistic director at Counter Culture Labs and is a resident artist fellow at Manylabs in San Francisco, California, where she collaborates with scientists and artists to inspire curiosity and inquiry through interactive works.

Michael Chiaravelotti

Michael Chiaravelotti will bring his giant sanorimba, a musical instrument created almost exclusively from building materials repurposed from Chiaravelotti’s remodeling business. PVC pipes., granite slabs and synthetic house wrap help Michael produce interesting musical sounds. Visitors can enjoy learning about how different materials create different pitches and resonance. 

Eastbay Astronomical Society

Telescope Makers’ Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Bring your interest and curiosity, and we’ll provide knowledge, enthusiasm, and advice to help you complete your telescope-making projects. No experience necessary.

Originally founded in 1930, the Telescope Makers’ Workshop has operated continuously since 1967, guiding hundreds of members in building their own telescopes. People of all ages and backgrounds have successfully completed fun-to-use instruments that provide hours of enjoyable observing of the night sky. Many have gone on to build more complex designs that are available to the amateur telescope maker today.

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment

The MADE is the only all-playable video game museum in the world. We were the first dedicated open to the public video game museum in the United States. Our collection houses over 5,300 playable games. The MADE is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of video game history, and to educating the public on how video games are created. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of game developers. 

Stop by and play Oakland Minecraft!

Art in Action

REMAGINATION with Art in Action.

Children will use their ingenuity and creativity skills by joining forces with others to imagine, design, engineer, and build a large-scale version of Dahlsen's Totem using found objects. Every child will have a chance to add a lasting and personal touch to the Totem and will leave with their very own Kuriosity Krate to explore more at home.

The project is inspired by Dr. John Dahlsen, an award-winning Contemporary Australian Environmental Artist. Dahlsen uses found objects in his work, especially plastic ocean litter picked up on Australian beaches, to inform his audience of his social and environmental concerns. 

The Ninety-Nines

The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.

Established in 1929 by 99 women pilots, the members of The Ninety-Nines, Inc., International Organization of Women Pilots, are represented in all areas of aviation today. And, to quote Amelia, fly "for the fun of it!”

The Oakland Tool Lending Library

The Oakland Tool Lending Library currently offers over 5,000 tools available for loan, as well as books and how-to videos and DVDs. The tools can be used for a variety of purposes, including home improvement, remodeling and repairs, gardening and landscaping and seismic retrofit. This is a free service to Oakland, Emeryville, and Piedmont residents and property owners. 

Rock & Roll Auto Recycling

Rock & Roll Auto Recycling is an automotive parts recycler who inventories new, used, rebuilt and aftermarket auto parts and truck parts. We stock most auto makes and models of cars, trucks and vans. We have Asian auto parts and US domestic auto parts for 2000 and newer. Thank you to Rock & Roll Auto Recycling for the donation of two vehicles for our Car Take Apart Zone!


The Northern California Sound and Communication Apprenticeship program, in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association, offers apprentices with an opportunity to forge a career in the Sound and Communication electrical construction industry. During the three-year program, apprentices learn to install and service complex telecommunications and data technology, through a comprehensive program of related supplemental instruction and on-the-job training.

Visit our booth to pull wire, activate a Fire Alarm System, complete a telephone circuit, talkinto microphones, and build electrical circuits. Ages: 8 & Up

ArtBot Toys

We develop a line of robotics kits that combine technology with art. The kits are highly versatile, easily assembled and reassembled, and build upon learned skills. The assembly is only half the fun though. Power on your bot and watch it draw! From entry-level to advanced, we have a launching point for every stage.

East Bay Municipal Utility District

EBMUD has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The District’s award-winning wastewater treatment protects San Francisco Bay and serves 685,000 customers. 

Learn the science behind moving water with experts from EBMUD!