Popular Tinkering Garage Returns for the Holidays on Nov. 24 at Adventure Science Center

Tyler Whetstone # State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Guests are invited to connect with family and friends in Adventure Science Center’s newly redesigned Tinkering Garage beginning Nov. 24 and running through Jan. 15, 2018.

This popular hands-on experience returns this year with even more tools, more materials, and more opportunities to design and build something incredible. The space celebrates the entire design process from brainstorming to building to testing and evaluating and offers custom experiences for inventors of every age, individuals, and groups. Tinkering Garage is included with admission to the science center.

Along with an expanded gallery space that offers room for a lot more tinkering, this year’s Tinkering Garage includes additional new activities and is organized into “zones” to help guests choose just the right kind of projects:


Guests choose a pre-designed project related to transportation, robotics, animals, holidays, or games. They “shop” for supplies, grab a seat, and follow the project instructions to build an invention. Some include an opportunity to test the final product on a test track or in a wind tube, while others are able to be taken home.


Designed for ages 0-5, this zone provides the opportunity for caregivers to engage with budding builders through special “Storybook STEM” challenges. Each challenge is tied to a classic children’s story and includes modified materials that are safer for young children to use.


Families or groups of friends can work as a team to meet a different building challenge each week. Unlike projects in other zones, these challenges require collaboration and group decision-making, and create an open dialogue about the engineering design process through challenges that can only be accomplished through teamwork.


Guests can choose their own tools and materials to build projects they dream up or explore how electronics work by taking them apart and putting them back together. Located in the back of the space, this zone will offers a safer place for guests to use heavier tools and saws.

For more information, visit www.adventuresci.org/tinkering.

About Adventure Science Center

For more than 70 years, Adventure Science Center has been bringing science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee and across the U.S. The Science Center offers engaging learning experiences and science fun through hands-on, interactive exhibits; innovative programs; and fulldome productions in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium. Adventure Science Center strives to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville.