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1500 E Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 482-6767
Fax: (541) 482-5716
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Hours: Every Day, 10 am - 6 pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day

TinkerFest - September 21 & 22, 10am - 5pm


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TinkerFest Postcard

TinkerFest pays homage to those artists who spend hours creating from cast-off materials...celebrates the inventor building rockets in her garage, artists crafting textiles that think..and revels in the zany contraptions that come from back-yard innovation.  TinkerFest brings technology together with craftspeople, educators, families, artists to learn from each other.

Car Take Apart at TinkerFest
Creatures from the Deep exhibit by Arline Fisch
Robotics Workshop
Dancing People Co.

TinkerFest focuses on hands-on, open-ended discovery that celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and creativity. Parents and children will have the opportunity to play at a wide variety of tinkering tables which offer such  opportunities as  dismantling  and fixing  small appliances, constructing copper-wire trees incorporating LED lights, building sculptures from odds and ends, crafting wiggly recycled tire creatures, and manipulating robotic warriors.  You won't want to miss the car take apart!  We provide the tools and you discover what actually goes into making a car.

Admission is $5 per person per day, including members.  Proceeds from the weekend will support building a Tinkering Studio at ScienceWorks.  

Activities & Participants
  • Car Take Apart - RCC & Ashland Automotive
  • Upcycled Art - Ashland Art Center
  • Music in Motion - David Bithell, SOU professor of Music
  • Tinkering with Technology, Take it Apart, Interactive Programming, 3D Printing Demo - Rogue Hack Lab
  • Trees of Light - Gregg Stephens Design
  • Wiggly Tire Creatures, Kenetic Bicycle  - Tom Hitchcock
  • Chalk Art - Ernesto Ramirez
  • Playing with Radio - KSKQ
  • Dueling Robots - Chris Duval
  • Steam Punk Hacked Vehicle - Bob Thompson
  • Much, much more!
Performances & Presentations
  • Electronic music​ - Compos Mentis
  • Physics of Motion - Dancing People 
  • Good old fashioned music - Sweet Malloy
  • Frisbee Throwing Robot demo - Ashland Robotics Club
  • Stepping Outside the Box - Richard Jarel
Tinkering Outdoor Films (40 minutes) 
Saturday, 7:30 PM (weather permitting)
ScienceWorks Lawn
Bring your picnic blanket and imaginations for the Tinkering Outdoor Films. Beginning at sundown, The Exploratorium is joining with ScienceWorks to show a handful of short films about tinkering, fiddling, dabbling, monkeying, messing with, destroying, creating, and otherwise playing with your hands!  Each film is just a couple minutes long and was chosen specifically for the Rogue Valley!  Don't miss this quirky, quizzical look at machines, science and film.
PlayShops - Sunday only​
Pre-registration required*

Click on PlayShop names for details and registration.
Stop-Motion Animation with Georgina Hayns, creative supervisor of puppet fabrication at Portland's LAIKA animation studio. Get insight into the studioís creative collaborative process, from concept drawings, to final production puppets.  Then youíll get an opportunity to create your own animated sequence. Donít miss out on this rare opportunity! 
Time: 1:30 - 4 pm
Cost: $45 + $5 materials fee

Copper Wire Crocheting with Arline Fisch, Professor of Art at San Diego State University, and contemporary jeweler.  Knit and crochet your own jellyfish sculptures.  
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Cost: $45 + $25 materials fee

Sumo Robotics Rumble! with Chris Duval, regional robotics instructor. 
Work on a team with other kids to build, program and compete robots in sumo fighting battles! ​Best suited for kids ages 9 - 13.
Time: 1 - 4pm
Cost: $25

Online registration is closed.  

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