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Durham science museum opens 'Makers' pop-up exhibit

Posted November 7, 2016

Credit: Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham opened a pop-up exhibit over the weekend called Tinker Works.

The "Makers" pop-up exhibit runs through Nov. 20 during normal museum hours and sits inside the museum's main building. It's best for kids ages 7 and up.

For the next couple of weeks, the museum's popular Contraptions and Keva exhibit galleries will be converted into a special tinkering space. Families are invited to invent with creative materials including circuits, large-scale building supplies and fiber arts, according to a press release. Each activity area will be stocked with materials for drop-in exploration throughout the day.

Tinker Works includes the "Building Zone" where you'll find large-scale "Thinker Linker" planks and "Big Builder" cardboard pieces that encourage whole-body creative construction and comparisons in size and scale.

Circuit Tinkering let's visitors build with circuit blocks. Families can complete a human circuit to discover how movement impacts the electric flow.

In Fiber Art Exploration, kids can play with a large-scale loom and make their own pom-poms and pot-holders.

As part of Tinker Works, a museum educator will lead Science Together programs. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, they'll offer different activities in the different zones.

Tinker Works is free with admission, which is $16 and $11 for kids ages 3 to 12.


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