About Spark!Lab™ Smithsonian

Spark!Lab™ is a hands-on invention activity space developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. There are currently five Spark!Lab locations in the United States, including Draper Spark!Lab in Washington, DC, at the National Museum of American History. 

The Lemelson Center engages, educates, and empowers the public to participate in technological, economic, and social change. Through historical research, educational initiatives, exhibitions, and public programming the Lemelson Center advances new perspectives on invention and innovation and fosters interactions between the public and inventors. For more information, visit http://invention.si.edu.

Inventive Creativity 

A new category of products from Creativity for Kids and Spark!Lab Smithsonian that teaches boys and girls, ages 8+, the process of invention.

Necessity is often the spark of invention, so each Spark!Lab Smithsonian activity presents kids with a unique obstacle to overcome from building a bridge to visit a friend on an island to creating a board game after all the electronic game systems short circuit. With the scenario in front of them and the materials provided as points of inspiration, kids use the Spark!Lab invention process to create their own unique solutions. Watch as their ideas come to life!  Spark!Lab Smithsonian Inventive Creativity Kits show children that they too can be inventors and that the invention process can be fun and exciting even when it is challenging. This product line inspires both analytical and creative thought to show children they can do anything they set their mind to - initiating the spark of invention.