Design Lab Activities

Enhance your field trip with a Design Lab Activity session

Design Lab, a new permanent exhibition consisting of distinct “pods”, will allow students to engage in activities, experiments and challenges that provide a deeper understanding of engineering and the design process. The activities in Design Lab present students with challenging problems to incite design thinking and foster engineering skills. Our workshops ask participants to think flexibly, take risks, and explore their creativity and ingenuity.

Each Explainer-led activity session runs 20 minutes (maximum of 32 students).
Free with group admission. Pre-registration required.
Available for Elementary through to High School.

Free with group admission. Pre-registration required. 30 minute session. Maximum 32 students.

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Wreck It!

K – 4th Grade

In the Wreck It! Design Challenge, students engineer a track to destroy an obstacle by investigating and harnessing kinetic and potential energy. In the process, they will use their ingenuity, engineering, and creative thinking skills to accomplish this deceptively challenging task.
Free with group admission. Pre-registration required. 30 minute session. Maximum 32 students.

 

Stuntbot

K – 5th Grade

In the Stuntbot Design Challenge, students engineer solutions to keep a (toy) stunt person safe while it flies, falls, and flails around the space. Relying on their understanding of momentum, materials and design, students will use their engineering skills to design an intervention to protect the “Stuntbot” while exploring kinetic energy, physics, and gravity. Students will make predictions, test design variables, engineer solutions and iterate their designs.
Free with group admission. Pre-registration required. 30-minute session. Maximum 32 students.

 

Air Powered Vehicles

3rd – 8th Grade

In the Air Powered Vehicle Challenge, visitors design a vehicle to harness the wind to traverse different terrains. Using everyday materials and ingenuity, students explore materials, momentum, air, energy and, of course, engineering.
Free with group admission. Pre-registration required. 30-minute session. Maximum 32 students.