K-12 Student Outreach

Tinkerfest, held at Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO) in Oklahoma City, allows children and the adults who care for them to experience dozens of 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; subsequent events have continued to set attendance records.

“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,” according to Sherry Marshall, SMO President.

“Oklahoma NSF 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, Director of Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR.

Admission to the museum and all Tinkerfest activities is free thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, Oklahoma NSF 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.”

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