The Tinkering Space


Visit brand new exhibition The Tinkering Space, plus the exciting Robot Encounters, this summer at the At-Bristol Science Centre

This summer, At-Bristol will be launching a brand new exhibition, The Tinkering Space!

Opening in time for the summer holidays, The Tinkering Space aims to inspire the inventor in us all! The Tinkering Space is for creators, inventors, dreamers and anyone who’ve ever wanted to have a go at making something. The Tinkering Space enables visitors to turn their ideas into something they can touch, design and modify, and even rebuild elements of the space itself.


Opening on 23 July, the permanent exhibition will include a ‘Baxter’ robot (the first in a UK science centre), two 3D printers, an air table for testing flying devices, Shadow Theatres, make-your-own ball runs, and more. The space will be open all day every day, and will include some guided activities with the Live Science Team, which will run for visitors and school groups.

To celebrate the launch of The Tinkering Space, At-Bristol is hosting a season of ‘Robot Encounters’ across the science centre this summer.

Visitors can meet the Robots, and teach new tricks to Baxter, a larger-than-life robot, meet a swarm of Thymio bots, and have a chat with an adorable pint-sized robot Nao.


You can also get to grips with a 3D printed bionic hand as it copies your own movements in Superhuman Lab. Make sure you take part in The Nearly Not Quite Impossible Luminous Robot Circus, a visually spectacular show with a cast of robot performers for the entire family!


Talking about the new zone, At-Bristol’s Creative Director Anna Starkey says: “The Tinkering Space occupies a zone of thinking and doing at the intersection of art, design, technology and science – and that’s where new ideas can emerge, whether it’s your first time making something or you’re a lifelong inventor.”


The Tinkering Space and Robot Encounters exhibitions are free with standard admission to At-Bristol.


When: 23 July-31 August


Where: At-Bristol


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