Tinkerfest

The Museum of Discovery held a Tinkerfest Saturday August 4, 2012. Fun was had by all there. The Department of Physics and Astronomy added to the festivities by letting everyone build a Trebuchet and a “Star wheel”, an astronomical tool to find constellations in the night sky.

Dr. Tony Hall working with a Tinkerfest participant.
Dr. Tony Hall working with a Tinkerfest participant.

Dr. Tony Hall showing off a trebuchet.
Dr. Tony Hall showing off a trebuchet.

Dr. Patrick Treuthardt amazing the crowds with a fresnel lens that later was used to make solar smores!
Dr. Patrick Treuthardt amazing the crowds with a fresnel lens that later was used to make “solar smores!”

Dr. Patrick Treuthardt with the interested onlooker.
Dr. Patrick Treuthardt with the interested onlooker.

Dr. Patrick Treuthardt has a young man launch a bottle rocke
Dr. Patrick Treuthardt has a young man launch a bottle rocket.

Here are the making of the solar smores using the large fresnel lens.
Here are the making of the “solar smores” using the large fresnel lens.

UALR Student Volunteer putting the finishing touches to the smore.
UALR Student Volunteer putting the finishing touches to the “smore.”

UALR Student Volunteer watching the sun cook a marshmallow.
UALR Student Volunteer watching the sun cook a marshmallow.

More fun with building trebuchets.
More fun with building trebuchets.

UALR Student Volunteer working on a better design for the trebuchet.
UALR Student Volunteer working on a better design for the trebuchet.

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