The Scott Family Amazeum will host its fourth annual Tinkerfest on Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to members, and non-members pay regular Amazeum admission fees.
Tinkerfest features hands-on activities that promote making and tinkering, as well as problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking for all ages, according to an Amazeum press release.
“This one-day festival celebrates the creative, curious and innovative spirit in everyone,” according to the Amazeum. “What started as an event to introduce the Amazeum to the local community has grown into the largest convening of makers, tinkerers, artists, creatives and DYI [do-it-yourself] enthusiasts in the four-state area.”
Popular returning activities include a car disassembly. Two mechanics will guide in the disassembling of two cars during the day.
Other activities include a 3D printing station, “technology dissection and upcycling” and interactive activities created by students at regional schools, according to the Amazeum.
New to Tinkerfest this year is Fix It Café, sponsored by Rogers Experimental House. Volunteer engineers, makers and tinkerers at Fix It Café will work with guests to diagnose and attempt to repair broken small appliances, gadgets and toys. No large appliances, phones, software or computers will be accepted, according to the Amazeum.
“Tinkerfest exposes young and old to science, technology, engineering, art and math in novel and interesting ways to promote critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, as well as introduce concepts of sustainability, reuse and repurposing items,” according to the Amazeum.