Tinkerfest

Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR RII Award No. OIA-1301789

Tinkerfest, held at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, allows children and the adults who care for them to experience over 50 fun and exciting activities, such as a car take-apart, blacksmithing, robotics, carpentry, and weaving. The inaugural Tinkerfest was held in October 2017, with more than 7,000 people participating; 11,000 individuals attended Tinkerfest 2018 - smashing attendance records for the museum. Admission to the museum and all Tinkerfest activities is free thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR. 

“Tinkerfest is a unique, innovative and never-before-seen event for Oklahoma and we are eager for the community to experience it,” said Science Museum Oklahoma President and CEO Sherry Marshall. 

“Tinkering is at the core of all learning — it all starts with an idea, and tinkering gives you a chance to turn that idea into a reality. It is discovering how to act on ideas, craft thoughts into actions, collaborate and let imagination run wild,” Marshall added.

“Oklahoma EPSCoR is pleased to sponsor Science Museum Oklahoma's Tinkerfest. This exciting day of hands-on science experiences provides outstanding opportunities for children to discover the many possibilities of STEM,” said Ray Huhnke, Ph.D., director of Oklahoma EPSCoR.

“We at EPSCoR are especially excited that this event is designed to not only inspire the next Orville Wright or Bill Gates, but also young girls, who may become the next Marie Van Brittan Brown, inventor of the first home security system.”

The daylong celebration of curiosity and creativity encompasses the entire museum and grounds. (Note: Specialty exhibits may require a fee--see the museum website for details.) Advance registration is not required, however guests must check in at the museum’s box office upon arrival to receive a wristband, which will grant access to the museum and all Tinkerfest activities. Event times and dates will be posted as information becomes available.

All Tinkerfest activities will take place at the museum located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City. 

For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma’s Tinkerfest, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org/tinkerfest