ONGOING EXHIBIT

PATENTS PENDING IS AN ENVIRONMENT DEVOTED TO EXPERIMENTATION, CURIOSITY, INVENTION, PROBLEM-SOLVING AND TINKERING.

It’s a lively, eclectic laboratory environment where visitors encounter design and engineering challenges and then work to create and test their ideas. Using large-scale testing stations, visitors evaluate the performance and durability of their inventions. Some stations, such as Drop Zone, Air Towers or Quake Proof, pose specific design problems for visitors to address with materials available at work tables.

Can you create something that will withstand a 14-foot drop? A sudden blast of air? An earthquake? Others, such as Contraption Challenge, combine construction and testing as visitors manipulate open-ended, mechanical cause and effect. The wide range of inventive opportunities engages both kids and adults in the eye-opening process of trial and error.