Spark!Lab® Smithsonian

Everyone can be an inventor!

Activities in Spark!Lab incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum, and creativity. Facilitators will assist Spark!Lab visitors by employing inquiry-based learning techniques to help participants work through challenges, identify design solutions, and create their own unique inventions!

Spark!Lab is included with Full Museum admission. Entry is first come first served; space is limited.

Spark!Lab Hours

Fall & Winter Hours

Tuesday 9:30 am –  12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am –  12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm
Thursday  12:30 pm – 3:30 pm; 4 pm – 7 pm
Friday 9:30 am –  12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm
Saturday 9:30 am –  12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

Activity choices for  February 16 – March 15:

Towering Teeter Table – Because they’re always trying to solve new problems, inventors are constantly learning new skills and rules. The Towering Teeter Table challenges visitors to use blocks to build structures under challenging – and unstable – circumstances. To build towers, buildings, and other structures, visitors have to be creative in how they use the building space and balance their structure.

Design a Space Habitat Visitors use their imagination and ingenuity to help us colonize a new planet. Using recyclable materials, visitors will design and construct a model of a habitat for settlement on a different planet. Once it’s complete we’ll add your habitat to our growing settlement!

Activities change on a regular basis, ensuring that regular visitors have something new to explore.

Generously supported by the Dow Corning Foundation and The Patricia & David Kepler Foundation