Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 am-4 pm; Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
Spark!Lab is a dynamic learning space where children, families, and groups create, innovate, collaborate, problem-solve, and invent.
Through hands-on activities, they learn about the invention process, inventors and inventions in American history, and innovations that are changing our world today. Most importantly, they are empowered to create their own inventions and to solve problems in individual and unique ways.
Spark!Lab offers a new approach to hands-on making and learning. Visitors don’t follow step-by-step instructions or work to create a specific product. Instead, they identify problems and challenges, develop solutions, and put their own ideas into action—all while building important 21st century skills like creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and adaptability.
Beveridge Family Foundation
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
Donald and Francine Pratt
Originally opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2008, Spark!Lab is the flagship educational initiative of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
This is a great time for the Springfield Science Museum. Over the next few years, we will completely renovate the Science Museum! Our vision for this transformation is to make bold changes in how visitors experience and learn about the natural world – recreating spaces to support wonder and curiosity. New spaces for learning, tinkering, playing, and exploring will be alongside the classic exhibits you know and love.