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Innovation Pop-Up Space

The Innovation Pop-Up Space, the first of its kind in a U.S. children’s hospital, gives patients a place to create their own inventions while they’re receiving treatment. Bass Center patients and their siblings are welcome to use the space at any time to let their imaginations run wild.

The space includes a 3-D printer, which lets patients print an object from one of thousands of existing designs or create their own, and a circuit-building station, which so far has produced everything from doorbells for patient rooms to a remote-controlled cup that drops pom-poms on the heads of unsuspecting nurses. The space was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Check out the videos below for inspiration, and stop by the space to get started. It’s located in suite 150, room 1554, of the Bass Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and volunteers are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays to help you get started.