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Arkansas museum adds tinkering

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SMACKOVER, Ar. (KNOE 8 News) - The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources is expanding its educational reach with a tinkering studio designed to foster imagination and invention among visitors of all ages.

A ‘Tinkering Studio' is a place where visitors can spend time working with a variety of tools and materials. Tinkering is free-form experimentation with screwdrivers, motors, wires, glue, and more, allowing people to spend hours creating and building. It allows them to slow down and immerse themselves in a workshop environment. Visitors can become intensely engaged by combining science, art, technology and ideas.

"The Tinkering Studio is a platform where one can work independently or with others, experimenting along the way. The ample supply of varied materials, many of which are recycled, means people can create, test, and try again. With no right or wrong answers, it is a place of making, learning and sharing," explained Pam Beasley, Superintendent of the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources.

The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources will host a two-hour tinkering program for children and adults on October 13, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The first of a series of programs will be the making and racing of a Scribbling Machine. A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace its path. The machines will be made from simple materials, based on the idea of motion created by an offset motor. At the conclusion of the program, a Scribbling Machines race will be held and participants will observe the paths left by these unique contraptions. Space is limited, so please call 870-725-2877 for reservations.

The mission of the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources is to collect, preserve and interpret Arkansas's natural resources with particular emphasis on petroleum and brine used for bromine extraction. Exhibits throughout the museum demonstrate the discovery and uses of petroleum and brine. Temporary exhibits change every six months and focus on various topics.

The museum is one of 52 Arkansas State Parks. Museum hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday –Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free.

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