June 25, 2013
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Gizmos, Gadgets & Gears Gets Guests Inventing
A DIY Summer Experience at the Maryland Science Center
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become an epicenter for Do-It-Yourself invention beginning July 1, as all three floors of the Maryland Science Center transform into a hotbed of contraptions, challenges and creative inspiration for Gizmos, Gadgets & Gears—a special summer experience all day, every day, through Labor Day.
Visitors can build it, break it, test it or take it home in dozens of Gizmos, Gadgets & Gears activities and workshops engineered for an imagination-fueled summer of tinkering. Among the 50+ experiences that turn visitors into inventors are mousetrap-built racecar races, rubber band-powered helicopter flight tests, recycled CD art design and pinhole camera construction. Guests should keep their eyes peeled for Pop-Up, Bite-sized and Shock Science demonstrations—unannounced moments of exploring science marvels such as stomp rockets, zoetropes and alka-seltzer powered propulsions.
Those who drop into the scheduled Family Maker Bootcamp for a full-family introduction into the science of skills such as woodworking, wax crafting, kite construction, sewing or wire sculpting will leave with creations they can keep and practical knowledge of a newly learned skill. Family Maker Bootcamps are held on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon until 4:00 p.m.
Thing-a-ma-jigs programs pit participants against design challenges from the brains of Science Center staffers. They will use a multitude of materials including cork, binder clips, straws, paper plates, popsicle sticks and washers to conjure up contraptions such as air-powered balloon jousting or creating structures that can withstand simulated earthquakes. Thing-a-ma-jigs are held on various days throughout the week from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Guests attending Makershops will channel their creativity through a variety of DIY science projects to make take-home toys including robotic drawing devices, hula hoops, hand-bound books, puppets and even instruments. Makershops are held on various days throughout the week from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Gizmos, Gadgets & Gears activities are free with paid admission to the Maryland Science Center. For dates of specific activities, more information and ticket prices, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225.
About the Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is visited by more than 500,000 people each year. Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with more than a dozen full-size dinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; an exploration of the day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of interactive experiments in Newton’s Alley. Other popular attractions in the museum include the Kids Room, the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the world-famous Davis Planetarium.