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TINKERTOY: Build Your Imagination

There’s no limit to what kids can do in TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™, a new, interactive exhibit on temporary display inside Harsco Science Center!

February 2 - June 2, 2019

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. This special exhibit is INCLUDED in Harsco Science Center admission  (free for Members).
Don't miss this and our other special exhibit; Castle Builder: A LEGO® Building Exhibit (on exhibit through March 31).
Visitors to the exhibit will 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. 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, andserve as a reminder that “If at first you don’t succeed...”
TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit was developed by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in
collaboration with PLAYSKOOL® and GE. TINKERTOY is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. and is used with permission. © 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

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