Tinkering encourages you to explore how things work and create what you imagine.

TinkerTech is a set of programs for people of all ages, skill levels, and areas of interest who want to explore science through hands-on activities. We believe that learning occurs most deeply when you personally experience the world around you. With this in mind, we utilize the Museum’s 84-acres of indoor and outdoor learning environments for inquiry-based and project-oriented activities during our tinkering programs.

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Helpful Tips to Get You Started

  • Participants must be current 6th-8th students during the 2017-2018 school year for Project TinkerTech
  • Participants must be at least 6 years of age for TinkerTech Family Workshops

Have Questions??

Contact the Program Coordinator by emailing tinkertech@lifeandscience.org.


Project TinkerTech

Project: TinkerTech has arrived! This project-based class is designed and led by our TinkerTech Team here at the Museum. Each ten-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. Themes are determined by the interests and levels of our participants for a truly unique experience.

TinkerTech-ers will utilize the engineering design process to develop problem solving (and finding!) skills as they tackle projects with the assistance of our educators. Create a heart valve. Program micro-computers. Practice prototyping and develop iterative design skills. No matter the project, each session will be packed full of opportunities to explore science and spark their imaginations.

Spring Class Dates: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Classes are from 1:45 pm–3:45 pm

Helpful Tips to Get You Started

  • Fall session meetings occur every Tuesday starting January 9, 2018 and ending March 13, 2018
  • Participants must be current 6th-8th students during the 2017-2018 school year
  • Questions? Visit our Project: TinkerTech FAQ Page.

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TinkerTech Family Workshops

Tinker-ers of all ages and abilities will love these hands-on workshops! Once a month join our team of expert educators as you explore the latest technologies such as 3D printing pens and wearable electronics, while developing skills that create real-world connections to science, technology, and engineering.

Cost: $25 per person*
* Price does not include cost of admission.

Best for ages 6 and older*
* All participating children must be accompanied by an adult. We kindly request that one adult accompany every two children if the participants are under the age of 12.

Spring Workshop Dates

Thermal Reactions—Explore the Science of Thermodynamics! | January 19&20, 2018 | Register Here!

Acoustical Engineer–Create, Play, Test! | February 16&17, 2018 | Register Here!

Roving Robots—Design, Build, Program! | March 16&17, 2018 | Register Here!

Solar Sensations—Print, Charge, Create! | April 20&21, 2018 | Register Here!

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Have questions? Check out our FAQ here!


Prices and Booking

Project: TinkerTech

Members: $200 per session
Non-members: $220 per session

Changes and Cancellations
The Museum can grant refunds and perform session changes only when received by December 29, 2017. Each session change or refund comes with a $30.00 processing fee per session. After December 29, 2017 we are not able to process any changes or refunds.

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TinkerTech Family Workshops

$25 per person*
*Does not include the price of admission.

Changes and Cancellations
The Museum can grant refunds only when received by the end of business the Friday the week before the session. After the Friday the week before the workshops, we are not able to process any refunds. You may cancel your registration by calling the Museum at (919) 220-5429 ext. 313, Monday thru Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm.

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Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!