Spark!Lab

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What will you Invent?

In Spark!Lab, we believe everyone is inventive.

Every day we provide opportunities for children and families to explore their inventive creativity—to create, innovate, collaborate, and problem-solve—because these experiences empower kids to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed today and in the future.

Spark!Lab was developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

What will you invent?

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In Spark!Lab, we believe everyone is inventive.

Every day we provide opportunities for children and families to explore their inventive creativity—to create, innovate, collaborate, and problem-solve—because these experiences empower kids to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed today and in the future.

Spark!Lab was developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

Our amazing Activities

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  • Shaping Space
  • Vertical Wind Tunnel
  • Gear Heads
  • Towering Teeter table
  • Sketch it!
  • New activities are on a constant rotation so no two experiences are the same.
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Family at spark!Lab
Kids at spark!Lab
As a part of the Spark!Lab experience, you will see, first hand, important inventions from our extensive collection from early inventors. Learn how Indiana history plays an important role in the inventive process.
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Our Amazing activities

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Family at spark!Lab
Kids at spark!Lab
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  • Shaping Space
  • Vertical Wind Tunnel
  • Gear Heads
  • Towering Teeter table
  • Sketch it!
  • New activities are on a constant rotation so no two experiences are the same.
  • New activities will be rotated in so it never gets old!
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As a part of the Spark!Lab experience, you will see, first hand, important inventions from our extensive collection from early inventors. Learn how Indiana history plays an important role in the inventive process.
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Recent News on SPark!Lab

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Conner Prairie Announces Opening of Smithsonian Spark!Lab Invention Space

June 16, 2022

Spark!Lab is Developed by the Smithsonian to Bring Hands-On Invention Learning to Cultural Organizations Nationwide FISHERS, Ind. (June 8, 2022) – Indiana living history museum, Conner Prairie, announces today the…

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Recent News on Spark!Lab

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Conner Prairie Announces Opening of Smithsonian Spark!Lab Invention Space

June 16, 2022

Spark!Lab is Developed by the Smithsonian to Bring Hands-On Invention Learning to Cultural Organizations Nationwide FISHERS, Ind. (June 8, 2022) – Indiana living history museum, Conner Prairie, announces today the…

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When kids can run freely and dig into the dirt, they discover new things about the world. Your generous donation to Conner Prairie helps us make nature more accessible to more people, opening new pathways for inspiration and growth.