Tinkerfest 2017 has now passed. We hope to see you again next year! Please check back for information on Tinkerfest 2018.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Free with Price of Admission to Chabot Space and Science Center
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.
Youth (ages 3 -12): $5
Seniors (65+) and Students (13-18 or college ID): $5
Members are Free (Find out about becoming a member here)
Event Partners and Activities:
The Scott Family Amazeum
Bio: 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.
Activity: Giant Multi-player Pac Man - we utilize makey makey and some large touch pads so two people have to work together to play this arcade game.
Black Girls CODE
Bio: 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: This interactive booth gives participants the opportunity to program and play with round robots. The hands-on experience will bring coding to life while showcasing how fun it is to learn the fundamentals of computer science.
Bio: 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
Bio: 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. http://originalscraperbikes.blogspot.com/
Activity: Stop by this booth and learn how to deck out your bicycle!
Bio: Tinker Kitchen is a makerspace in the Mission in San Francisco with all the cooking gadgets you can’t fit into your kitchen. Join them at the kitchen, swap cooking tips with other food hackers, learn cool new things, and embark on your own cooking adventures! They are currently under construction and will be opening in a few months. https://tinkerkitchen.org/
Activity: Come and play with your food at this booth!
Today's Future Sound
Bio: 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.
Bio: Rich DDT is an interactive installation designer, live electronic music producer/performer, and event organizer who is passionately repurposing the latest technology to create an awe-inspiring, open and supportive environment for human connection. He has been designing and installing interactive digital installations since 2008, curating experiences that encourage collaborative group creativity in digitally augmented environments.
Activity: Jiggle Jam Playshop-Turn Play-Doh and other unusual objects into musical instruments by connecting them to an Arduino-based microcontroller. Learn about sensors and connect them to the board. Experience musical improvisation in a group jam session. No musical or technical background required!
Bio: Tinkering Labs is a San Francisco start-up and the inventor of the Electric Motors Catalyst, a kit that allows kids and parents to build electric motor prototypes using real hardware and tools. There are no step-by-step instructions with the Catalyst. Instead, a booklet and videos provide you with the basics for building your own projects—and the parts can be reassembled countless times, teaching problem-solving skills, promoting creativity, and building STEM literacy. Each box also includes 10 challenges like "Build a machine that can scramble an egg," each lasting 30-60 minutes, that jump-start the imagination. Catalysts also come in 10-packs for classroom use, and booster packs are available to augment the fun.
Activity: Kids & grownups and up are invited to get their hands and minds busy inventing all kinds of machines with the Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst. Using electric motors, real wood and metal components, rubber bands, and washable markers you'll be challenged to "Build a machine that draws curvy lines," "Invent a Robot that moves without wheels," and "Build something that can launch a wheel across the room." And if you want to create something else, go for it! Age 6 and up.
The Wonderful Idea Company
Bio: 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.
Activity: Join us to create a large-scale collaborative chain reaction machine. We'll be using everyday materials in really unusual ways, making circuits with home-made switches and salvaged toy parts, and ending with a big finale! Spend some time building a section of this playful machine, and stick around to see it go off at 1 and 4 o'clock.
Tech Take Apart, Car Take Apart and Plane Engine Take Apart
Learn how things work by taking them apart! Tinkerfest will feature three take apart stations! Take apart everything from computer towers to toasters at tech take apart; dismantle an entire car and a plane engine with the help of trained mechanics!