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April 10, 2018 > Tinkerfest focuses on discovery and play of science

Tinkerfest focuses on discovery and play of science

Submitted By Chabot Space & Science Center

Back by popular demand, Chabot Space & Science Center will present its second annual, all-day Tinkerfest Saturday, April 14, designed to inspire and reveal the tinkerers and inventors in everyone. Tinkerfest continues Chabots commitment to a wide and changing variety of participatory science events and programs that engage all ages. Tinkerfest will bring together makers, artists, and tinkerers from the Bay Area and across the U.S. to showcase their work while inviting the public to join in the DIY fun. During the day-long event, the entire Center will be activated inside and out with activities that highlight creativity and curiosity.

Tinkerfest is geared towards a family audience but intriguing for everyone; all ages and skill levels can experiment and learn together. Partners and presenters for 2018 include The Scott Family Amazeum, Black Girls Code, Fixit Clinic, Howtoons, Noisebridge, Original Scraper Bike Team, Play-Well TEKnologies, Project Ember, Tinker Kitchen, Todays Future Sound, Wonderful Idea Co., Kijani Grows, Cere Davis, Eastbay Astronomical Society, The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, Art in Action, The Ninety-Nines, OSHPark, and Rock & Roll Auto Recycling. Tinkerfest is sponsored by United Airlines and AT&T, with additional support from Rock & Roll Auto Recycling and OSHPark.

A hallmark area of Tinkerfest is the popular take apart zone where tinkerers can see, touch, and learn how something works by assisting in dismantling it. This year the take apart area will include two cars. Other activities will include a giant Lego city build, a learning to solder workshop, how to safely use power tools, how to deck out your bike, cardboard city, creating your own stop motion animation movies, programming and playing with robots and more.

Science is sometimes perceived as complicated, technical, and only for highly-trained professionals, when the truth is, actually doing science can be creative, inspiring, super fun, says Chabot Space & Science Center Executive Director Adam Tobin. Everything around us in the human-made world comes from science and the creative process of tinkering leads to scientific discovery, understanding, problem-solving and a whole lot of entertainment. Come join us for a day of taking things apart to see how they work, putting them back together to see if we can, learning how video games, cooking, fashion and robots work!

Activities include:

Black Girls CODE
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. Their interactive activity will give 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.

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

The Original Scraper Bike Team
The Scraper Bike Movement offers youth a sustainable group of peers that is positive and motivating, expanding and enlightening young people s perspective on life through fixing and painting bicycles and supporting youth entrepreneurship. Tinkerfest participants will learn how to deck out their bicycles.

Tinker Kitchen
Tinker Kitchen is a makerspace in the Mission District in San Francisco with all the kitchen cooking gadgets imaginable. Join them at the kitchen, swap cooking tips with other food hackers, learn cool new things, and embark on your own cooking adventures!

Fixit 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; Fixit Coaches will help you evaluate the problem, lend you to tools to attack it, and teach you how to use them.

Engage with hands-on projects that empower kids to unleash their creativity and learn through play, understanding the science behind toys they build themselves. Designed for kids 7-12, each kit comes with everything they need to create, learn, and play, plus a comic book story and bonus content. Howtoons will showcase and demo their most popular kits.

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.

Today?s Future Sound
Join Today's Future Sound for a live interactive beat making 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. DJs 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 Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
MADE is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of video game history and 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.

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 Dahlsens 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.

Tinkerfest is included with regular admission to Chabot Space & Science Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online in advance at

Saturday, Apr 14
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland
(510) 336-7373
Admission: $18 adults, $15 students/seniors, $14 children 3-12, under 3 free

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