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Tinkering Studio Is Now Studio X!

With the goal of remaining on the forefront of fun, engaging and memorable experiences, the Fleet Science Center has transformed its Tinkering Studio into Studio X. The expanded space, located on the first floor of the science center, boasts new colors and finishes, reflecting the studio’s ongoing development of exciting events and activities.

The studio’s redesign energizes and improves the space, opening it to a wide variety of activities, from messy projects to digital design workshops. In its redesigned home, Studio X is the space for Fleet visitors to dream, design and create.

Studio X is an innovation and maker space that offers tools, materials and inspiration. Fleet visitors can drop in during any open studio hours to participate in the project of the day, which might be designing and flight-testing a gyrocopter or building a scribble-bot and setting it loose on butcher paper to create artwork.

Those who have their own creation in mind are welcome in Studio X. The Studio X team can help visitors design whatever they dream up.

In addition to open studio hours, Studio X provides dedicated time for projects in the Make-It Workshop, where participants learn to build something—and they get to take it home. Studio X also offers 3D Printing Workshops for ages 7 to 107 and Maker Hour for the 21-and-up crowd.

“We’re responding to changes in technology and expanding the range of activities that encourage our visitors to gather, learn and play,” said Paul Siboroski, Exhibits Director. “Studio X enhances our ability to deliver better experiences for visitors of all ages.”

In an ever-changing world of making and doing with tools new and old, Studio X plays a vital role for those who love to eXperience, eXplore, eXpress and eXperiment!

 


On the Blog

Make Your Own Cardboard Automata

A completed automata.

Building automata is one of our favorite activities at the Tinkering Studio. It is a great way to explore how cams and levers work as well as how to incorporate movement into your art.  Automaton tells a story through its motion.

Simple automata are easy to make. We like to use cardboard boxes as a frame, but you can also use other materials such as wood or plastic cups. There are many types of automata. Look on the web for many inspirational works by automata artists who create these amazing moving machines.

For more details and step by step instructions, check out our blog
 


Getting to Know You

 Meet some of the faces you'll see on the Gallery Floor: 

 

Akiko Hicks, Exhibits Experience Lead

1. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
Possum—because they have remarkable ability to find food, a super strong immune system and they do not have to be cute.

2. What’s your favorite medium to work in?
This is a hard question. I like paper in general, and fabric.  I worked with clay for many years, and recently I fell in love with cardboard.

3.  If you could live anywhere in the universe, real or fictional, where would you live?
San Diego!  

4.  Who’s your S.T.E.A.M. hero?
My Dad!  He is a chemist, engineer and artist.  

5.  Why do you like being an Innovator?
I love tinkering and the environment of our studio. It is a safe place to take risks, where every mistake you make becomes a learning opportunity.

 

 

Jackie Valentine, Exhibits Experience Lead

1. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
Peregrine Falcon. I've always loved the concept of flight and when I am experience something even remotely similar (ziplining, bungee jumping, etc.), I feel more free than at any other time. Peregrine Falcons can fly super fast too, so that makes them extra cool.

2. What’s your favorite medium to work in?
My favorite medium to work in is this T-shirt I got at Expo Day a few years back. It's a size medium. Just kidding! I really like working in cardboard. I really like how it's a material we have a ton of and that we interact with all the time, but most of us just end up throwing it away. It can actually be really versatile when used properly.

3.  If you could live anywhere in the universe, real or fictional, where would you live?
I would probably live in Malibu at Tony Stark's house. Because then that would mean that I'm Tony Stark and that would be amazing.

4.  Who’s your S.T.E.A.M. hero?
Adam Savage is a huge hero of mine.  I love his attitude toward science and the maker community and his encouragement of the upcoming generation.  

5.  Why do you like being an Innovator? 
It gives me a space to share with other people some of the stuff I've learned as well as learning from other people who might even know more than I do. Plus as an Innovator I can test out ideas for builds that may or may not work on the first try. Also there's not a ton of room in my apartment to put in a hot glue station.

 

Marla Andrade, Studio X Coordinator

1. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
If I were an animal, I’d be a Flamingo. I think they are very majestic and exotic creatures with their pink colored plumage and ability to migrate long distances. Flamingos are also very social birds that live in highly populated colonies, something I identify with.

2. What’s your favorite medium to work in?

Wood: the look, the feel, the smell; everything about it makes me excited. It's extremely versatile and a timeless medium to work with.
Cardboard: the most underrated material in the world. It holds, it shelters, it transforms, it's widely available and it’s my best tool in the studio.
Mixed Media: a mix of paint, tape, string and paper. Because of my art background, I do not shy away from mixing different types of media and finding out what works together.

3.  If you could live anywhere in the universe, real or fictional, where would you live?
I would definitely stay in the west coast. One of the most culturally diverse cities in the world is San Francisco. SF has been one of my favorite cities since I was kid and it still maintains one of my top spots. A city full of innovative people: artists, makers, designers, musicians, architects, chefs—you name it, the energy there is contagious. On top of that, with the beautiful lush green landscapes everywhere you turn, what else can you ask for? The Bay Area is a very special place. 

4.  Who’s your S.T.E.A.M. hero?
I have to stick with my passion for design and modern architecture and go with Charles and Ray Eames, “The Eameses.” They were not only two of the most important innovators, designers and pioneers of their generation, they also worked in the fields of industrial design, fine art and film, and that’s the kind of creativity and ambition I aspire to have. You’re as good as what you know, and for me, I believe knowing something about any field you’re curious about is a way to keep growing and to stay inspired.  

5.  Why do you like being an Innovator? 
I love being curious and learning new things. Reinventing something, finding the solution to a problem, collaborating with others that share my ambition ... these are things Innovators and Makers do and seek everyday. The fact that I get to teach and inspire younger generations while at the same time expanding my own knowledge is the best part of being an Innovator.

 

Anthony Keifer, Exhibit Technician

1. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
A cyborg, because biology is limiting.

2. What’s your favorite medium to work in?
Wood and metal.

3.  If you could live anywhere in the universe, real or fictional, where would you live?
On a planet with very little gravity but a really thick atmosphere.

4.  Who’s your S.T.E.A.M. hero?
Carl Sagan.

5. What’s your favorite hands-on interactive at the Fleet?
Turntable. 

 

 

John McKay, Lead Exhibit Technician

1. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
Border Collie. Smart, driven to complete a task and always looking for something to do. 

2. What’s your favorite medium to work in?
Ferrous Metals. I enjoy the creativity, beauty and mystique of hand-fabricated metal work.

3.  If you could live anywhere in the universe, real or fictional, where would you live?
1950s Southern California. The nation was filled with optimism and California was the epicenter. Manufacturing and prosperity spread across the state. The SoCal car culture was in full swing, while the palm trees swayed gently in the ocean breeze. The Golden State was brimming with artistic creativity,  unbridled enthusiasm and ambition.

4.  Who’s your S.T.E.A.M. hero?
Angus MacGyver. Although a fictional character, he exemplifies the power of creative thinking, using less-than-ideal components to solve complex problems. 

5. What’s your favorite hands-on interactive at the Fleet?
Kugelbahn. A masterpiece of inspired craftsmanship and simple physics, with a touch of a Rube Goldberg aesthetic.