Tinkertoy exhibit -
|Build Your Imagination at Discovery Gateway!|
Discovery Gateway would like to thank its local sponsors for their support of TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination:
GE Capital Bank
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
GE Capital Americas
Reaveley Engineers + Associates, Inc.
Hamilton Partners, Inc.
Ron & Carolyn Reaveley
Maria Stillman Farrington
Steel Encounters, Inc.
Get Involved with TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination
For more information about upcoming events and sponsor benefits, please contact Maria Farrington via email or at 801-456-5437 ext. 106.
Now open September 22nd through January 6th.
Included with Admission!
Discovery Gateway's new English/Spanish bilingual traveling exhibit is a larger-than-life throwback to the clasic toy so many of us grew up with. Put those fine mortor skills to use and gather the whole family for good, old-fashioned fun!
Giant replicas of the classic TINKERTOY® construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. Bring the whole family to the exhibit and enjoy a variety of activities that promote imagination and collaboration:
Invent – Children are encouraged to think about where ideas come from, and to explore the emerging field of biomimicry – nature’s influence on design. Visitors can match real inventions with their natural inspiration and create a design of their own.
Collaborate – Dual-sided panels allow visitors to work independently or with a partner to create TINKERTOY designs.
Energize – Children can explore GE’s commitment to renewable energy as they use a kid-powered fan to test their own wind-powered TINKERTOY creations.
Change – A Rube Goldberg-like contraption illustrates the power of creative thinking and how simple mechanisms work. The activity lets children select and position words to build silly – but thought-provoking! – sentences that serve as the springboard for innovation.
Process/Connect – TINKERTOY-inspired equipment lets children explore the concept of filtration, while a companion activity invites them to build ball tracks that illustrate how GE technologies help address the challenge of providing clean water. Finding the correct path through a graphic maze answers children’s curiosity about “Where does the water go?”
Develop – Visitors will enjoy filling a life-size human form with TINKERTOY hubs, providing a great photo opportunity and revealing the elements of a healthy lifestyle – and emptying the piece is fun, too! A special rotating TINKERTOY hub array inspires children to consider the impact of their personal choices, highlighting one of our most important responsibilities: taking care of ourselves so that we can do anything!
Create – This open play area reserved for children age 3 and older features a spectacular assortment of TINKERTOY pieces – the perfect place to build their imagination. Pictures of remarkable TINKERTOY creations and special tips provide guidance and inspiration.
The Tinker Tank – A walk-in size replica of a TINKERTOY canister is the starting point for the exhibit’s challenging scavenger hunt, a must for those with an eye for detail and a nose for knowledge! The Tinker Tank contains a variety of educational materials that attest to the impact of unconventional ideas on some of the world’s greatest – and strangest – inventions, and serve as a reminder that “If at first you don’t succeed…”