Free events set for Saturdays through Oct. 30, open to all ages
OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 22, 2021) – Tinkering is a scientist’s best friend, and Science Museum Oklahoma officials encourage tinkerers of all ages to join the creative fun during Tinkertober, sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, starting Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and continuing each Saturday through Oct. 30.
An event series with a different theme each weekend, Tinkertober creates a space for community partners to share their areas of expertise and intrigue with museum visitors together through hands-on activities and demonstrations as well as one-of-a-kind experiences.
Tinkertober events will take place each Saturday from Sept. 25 through Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. All Tinkertober events and activities are free to the public and will take place outdoors at the museum’s main entrance. More information can be found at www.sciencemuseumok.org.
Tinkertober – Mechanics
Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SMO and Carter Chevrolet are teaming up to bring back a tinkering fan favorite as attendees can help take apart a vehicle as part of this Tinkertober event. Other hands-on activities include designing and building jitterbots as well as constructing automata using cranks, cams, shafts and followers to make a moving creation. Combat Robots of Oklahoma also will demonstrate competition-level combat robotics, as they use their inventions to take down an opponent.
Tinkertober – Song and Dance
Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No strings, no sticks, no mouthpieces needed to make music as The Oklahoma Theremin Society joins SMO to give attendees the chance to make music with the movement of their body. Local musician Jarvix also joins the fun to encourage everyone to get experimental with live looping and trying to make some music on a giant keyboard. Creativity is key as visitors create a dancing marionette fueled by movement and brain power.
Tinkertober – Space
Saturday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In celebration of World Space Week, SMO explores the world of possibilities with drone demonstrations from the Unmanned Systems Research Institute of Oklahoma State University, space-themed activities from The Oklahoma History Center and robot demonstrations from
Team OKC Robotics. Attendees also can use the power of air to launch their own pneumatic rockets.
Tinkertober – Visual Arts
Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The “A” in STEAM takes center stage as Tinkertober explores the visual arts during this event. Attendees can draw sequential art with Literati Press creators. Painting will never be the same once visitors use a pendulum to create a unique work of art. Museum staff also will show visitors the ways to use ancient animation technology to make modern cartoons with phenakistoscopes.
Tinkertober – Momentum
Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This Tinkertober celebrates the principles of momentum as attendees build helicopters, planes and cars. Special guests from the Prairie Dog Boomerang Club also will be at SMO to help create things that soar through the air. Momentum is all about harnessing energy for movement. Team Rocket from Mount Saint Mary’s robotics will be on hand showcasing their creations and inspiring attendees. Join the Wardlaw family in building rubber band helicopters to celebrate the launch of Mars Ingenuity. How can you build a car to conserve momentum and powered by gravity and elastic tension? Build, test and tinker until it goes the farthest it can go.
Tinkertober – Spooky STEAM
Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
STEAM activities get a Halloween reboot during this Tinkertober installment that brings pumpkin-carving with power tools and a deep dive into forensic osteology with Skeletons: Museum of Osteology. Attendees also can experience what it’s like to traverse a cave with CaveSim. Creaturealm Oklahoma brings Cosimo the Celestial Wizard to demonstrate the ways technology, engineering and puppetry combine to create amazing creatures.
ABOUT SCIENCE MUSEUM OKLAHOMA
Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum and, with over 390,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation. With a mission of enriching lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science, Science Museum Oklahoma demonstrates the relationship between the physical sciences and everyday experiences. The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, live planetarium and science shows, educational outreach programs and special events. The museum’s clear mission and firm focus on science literacy encourages families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences.