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.

Activity choices for  OCT 5 – NOV 1:

Vertical Wind Tunnel Visitors explore and experiment with a vertical wind tunnel. The wind tunnel offers a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects. By making observations about the ways in which an object behaves in the air tube, new designs can be imagined, constructed and immediately tested. Visitors have fun making things float in the transparent tunnel, and tweaking their creations to change the way they fly.

Sketch It – Visitors can use their imagination to create a new invention to solve a variety of scenarios. Start with one of our orange challenge cards, pick a yellow client card and begin thinking about what new ideas could help your client with their problem. By thinking creatively to solve a problem visitors experience the kind of playful, flexible thinking that inventors, designers and artists use every day.

Lincoln Logs – Come explore a classic toy with us in Spark!Lab in celebration of our Forever Forest exhibit! Use the log pieces to build new and interesting structures. Can you make something for animals to live in, or a place for people to learn?

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

Generously supported by The Patricia & David Kepler Foundation