Have you ever wanted to invent something? Perhaps you need a machine that can freeze time so you can finish your homework? Or maybe your school has flooded with JELL-O and you need to make something that can help to clean it up? In the Innovation Lab, you can create all of these things — and more — with our Mystery Box Challenge.
Every day, our Mystery Box Challenge presents kids with a prompt to invent something. Just one catch: you can only use materials inside a box. Kids are challenged to think in terms of design — What does this invention need to do? How can I build it so it does that AND stays together? Throughout the process kids tap into their critical thinking skills and can also develop their communication skills by explaining the steps they took. And, of course, they get to take home what they make or leave their inventions on display in the Innovation Lab to inspire others.
The Innovation Lab also hosts our guest Innovators for monthly workshops. Meet some of the Bay Area’s most innovative artists, educational game developers, and technologists and help design the media tools of the future!
WORKSHOPS THIS MONTH
Saturday, May 11 | 12:00 to 2:00pm
Aha! Zump and the rest of the CCM Critters want to make new friends. Come design and make your own plush critter to take home. Drop in. (Ages 3-12)
Saturday, May 11 & 25 | 12:00 to 2:00pm
Create collaborative, digital drawings with Drawp, a social drawing app for families. (Ages 3-12)
Saturday, May 18 | 12:00 to 2:00pm
Meet the creators of Timbuktu, an iPad magazine for children and learn how to create a pizza from scratch! (Ages 6-10) Learn More
Every Saturday | 2:00 to 4:00pm
TndrBOX provides families with a fun and engaging ways to enjoy science together. Meet them in our Innovation Lab all month long to check out their latest projects. These drop-in workshops are perfect for children of all ages. [more]
Check our events calendar for additional upcoming events.
IN THE NEWS
Check out this feature about our Innovation Lab on ABC7 News!