Tinkering is free-form experimentation with use of screwdrivers, motors, wires, glue, and more that allows people the opportunity to slow down and immerse themselves in a workshop environment.
Nearly 30 work stations will be set up both inside and outside the museum. Visitors will have the opportunity to construct elegant and delicious geometric shapes with gum balls and bamboo skewers; make one-of-a-kind jewelry from junk; take apart appliances and computers to actually see how they were designed and how they operated; repair recycled bicycles; make fun accessories, purses and wallets with duct tape; see a three-dimensional printer in action; disassemble a vehicle, and much more.
"Some of the best inventions have started as tinkering projects. It's what has helped shape our nation," said Joel Gordon, visitor experience director for the museum.
Museum partners from around the country, including The Exploratorium in San Francisco, San Diego's Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will participate in Saturday's TinkerFest event. All three have strong working relationships with the Museum of Discovery and the Arkansas Discovery Network.