Exhibits in the Science Museum will be closed November 22 - November 24 for the annual Holiday Bazaar.

Please join us at the Holiday Bazaar featuring over 200 artisans and craftspeople. 

Inventor Center

Inventor Center

Inventor Center will reopen with the Powering Mars challenge on 9/20!

 

Location: RMSC Third Floor
Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Power cities, build cars, harness wind, and fire catapults in Inventor Center.

We proudly present a fascinating “maker space!” You can participate in engineering and design challenges as you tinker with raw materials to create working inventions that can be tested and shared. Dive into a hands-on exploration of the inventive process — you might become the next Thomas Edison or Mary Anderson!

Our Inventor Center encourages you to explore the thrilling process of invention. As the first phase of a developing exhibition focused on innovation, the Inventor Center includes a series of participatory stations: learn, build, test, and share. Learn about a problem, build a prototype, test your results, and share your ideas or inventions with others (not necessarily in that order). Hop into the process at any point and see what you can do!

A new main challenge will be presented in Inventor Center every four to five months, and it’s up to you to solve it. Here’s today’s challenge:

 

Powering Mars

Sept. 20–May 4

Develop a system using solar and wind energy to light up a city on a Martian landscape, even when the sun is blocked by dust storms! We need a team to use solar panels and a wind turbine to generate enough electricity to light up a city on Mars. Measure the volts, connect the wires, and forces of motion will cause energy transformation. 

 

Inventor Center Hours

Free with regular Museum admission . To reserve your organized group, call 585.697.1942.

Academic Year Hours: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays; 2–4:30 p.m. on Monday–Friday
Summer Hours: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Monday–Sunday

Click here for regular and holiday Museum hours. Check back with us for updates.

Our Inventor Center is recommended for families with children ages 7 and older.


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