Test Lab

ACTIVITY

Where

Test Lab
Scienceworks
2 Booker Street
Spotswood, Victoria, 3015
What's On

Test Lab - for a limited time

Are you an inventor, a tinkerer or a fixer? Have you ever pulled something apart to see how it works? 

Test Lab is a temporary, pop-up maker space for older children to come and try making all types of things and be inspired by innovations made by others, including local makers and inventors. Drop in for general tinkering in the Shed.

Don't miss your chance for some hands-on making and tinkering! 

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult
 

Tinkerers in Residence

We’re excited to be hosting experimental artists Jesse Stevens and Dean Petersen from Cake Industries as Tinkerers in Residence in Test Lab at Scienceworks. 

Jesse and Dean enjoy exploring and exposing the inner workings of things. They use mechatronics, robotics, carpentry, 3D printing, and reworked everyday objects to create kooky and surprising works.

At Scienceworks they will be working with the Young Maker Club Melbourne to create all sorts of strange and creative mechanisms. If you’re 12-18 years old and interested in joining the club, see below.
 

The Incredible Marble Machine

Take part in our creative engineering challenge. Use tubes, levers, pulleys, bells and a range of other mechanical equipment to devise a machine that moves a marble down a pegboard.

Can you make a machine where something goes up? What about a machine that makes as many noises as possible? How kooky can you make your machine?

Turn on your creative thinking skills to tackle a challenge of your choosing!
 

Young Makers Club Melbourne

The Young Makers Club Melbourne (YMCM) at Scienceworks is a monthly club for 12-18 year olds. YMCM members build and share together, while developing new skills and making friends with similar interests.

Participants use hand tools, power tools, electronics, mechanics, computers, and any other related items to build and create things in a facilitated group environment. You don’t need any skills or experience to join the club, just a willingness to get involved, learn along the way and work with others in a social facilitated group environment.

Keen to join? Fill in this application form

For more information contact Kate Barnard via mvbookings@museum.vic.gov.au

Gallery

Girls testing paper balloons on a wind table
Girls testing paper balloons on a wind table at Test Lab, Scienceworks.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Adults and children sitting at tables wearing aprons and safety glasses as they construct paper automatons in The Lab Workshop, part of Test Lab activities in Scienceworks.
Adults and children constructing paper automatons at Test Lab, Scienceworks.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Girl making coloured patterns on a magnetic wall
Girl making coloured patterns on the magnetic wall, part of Test Lab activities in Scienceworks.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Girl using 3D pen in Test Lab workshop at Scienceworks.
Girl using 3D pen in Test Lab workshop at Scienceworks.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Taryn Ellis
Children working with brightly coloured cogs on a wall
Children with brightly coloured cogs in Test Lab at Scienceworks
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Teenager making musical instruments in the Test Lab activity area.
Test Lab.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Parent assisting Teenagers in making musical instruments in the Test Lab activity area.
Test Lab.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Father and son looking at paper automations
Father and son looking at the Paper Automatons Wall of Honour in the Test Lab in Scienceworks
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Children constructing a ball run using plastic pipes on a wooden peg wall
Children constructing a ball run using plastic pipes on the wooden peg wall, part of Test Lab activities in Scienceworks
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Children making a ball run using plastic piping on a peg board at the temporary cafe space in Special Exhibition Space.
Test Lab.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Girl using hot glue gun
Girl using hot glue gun in Test Lab workshop in Scienceworks
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Taryn Ellis
Teenager making musical instruments in the Test Lab activity area.
Test Lab.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
Setting up a chain reaction experiment.
Test Lab facilitator Jens Altheimer setting up a chain reaction experiment. Jens' Ingenious Contraptions project was seeded by City Of Melbourne through ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: ArtPlay
Teenagers making musical instruments in a workshop
Teenagers making musical instruments in the Test Lab activity area during the 2016 Winter School Holiday Program at Scienceworks
Source: Rodney Start
Photo: Museum Victoria
Setting up an LED wearables circuit at Test Lab, Scienceworks.
Setting up an LED wearables circuit at Test Lab, Scienceworks.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
A young boy setting up a project at the Test Lab workshop in Scienceworks
A young boy setting up a chain reaction project. Ingenious Contraptions project seeded by City Of Melbourne through ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: ArtPlay
Boy with brightly coloured cogs
Test Lab at Scienceworks
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
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