Project Highlights

Spark!Lab is an informal, inquiry-based learning lab where children can create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment and invent
In 2012, Spark!Lab opened a one month pop-up installation in Kyiv, Ukraine through a grant from the US State Department
More than 32,000 people attended the opening of Spark!Lab at Art Arsenal
Nearly 100 student volunteers from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, one of Ukraine’s top universities and chief collaborator on the Spark!Labs project contributed to the success of exhibit
The Lemelson Center hosted two members of Kyiv museum’s staff and spent two weeks collaborating on a prototype of different activity ideas for a new learning lab space at Art Arsenal in Ukraine
LOCATION(S): Ukraine

In 2008, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation opened Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History. Activities at this open space laboratory incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with art, history and creativity. Staff and volunteers aim to show kids and their families that that invention is a process, rather than a single “Ah-Ha!” moment. Spark!Lab demonstrates the central role that invention plays in American history. After its success in Washington, DC, Spark!Lab launched the Spark!Lab National Network, an active community of museum professionals that fosters inventive creativity in families in their own neighborhoods. And now, that effort is going global.

In 2012, Smithsonian brought Spark!Lab to Kyiv, Ukraine through a grant from the U.S. State Department. Tricia Edwards, Head of Education at the Lemelson Center, led her colleagues in opening Spark!Lab at Art Arsenal, a contemporary art museum located in the heart of Kyiv. More than 32,000 people attended the Spark!Lab’s opening.