Tinkering @ Home #3: The Tinkering Toolkit

by Barb Noren, Lead Tinkering Facilitator, reDiscover Center There are a few different modes of building that I’ve observed: tinkering, prototyping, and making. These modes are flexible and overlapping, but have different intentions, benefits, and challenges. Tinkering is experimentation; often open-ended, without an end goal. You may reach one, but pure tinkering doesn’t have...

The Tinkering Toolkit

Updated March 2017 Originally posted on November 3, 2014 on https://paperstatic.com/tinkering-and-prototyping-materials/ There are a few different modes of building that I’ve observed: tinkering, prototyping, and making. These modes are flexible and overlapping, but have different intentions, benefits, and challenges. Tinkering is experimentation; often open-ended, without an end goal. You may reach one, but pure...

Links for Ideas and Inspiration

Exploratorium The Exploratorium in San Francisco is a kids' STEAM museum with a tinkering lab tucked away inside, and they produce tons of entertaining, inspiring, educational content, like websites, activities, and even apps. Instructables A website where anyone can post tutorials for tool tips and specific projects. Make Magazine Whether you have a subscription or not,...

Tinkering Prompt Generator

Stuck trying to come up with tinkering ideas? Use the lists below as a tinkering prompt generator! Take a word from the first list (Modes of Tinkering) and pair it with a word from the second list (Topics for Tinkering) to start you on your way! Examples: Origami + Underwater = an aquarium full...

Rosie Revere is an Engineer. But is she a tinkerer?

Andrea Beaty’s Rosie Revere, Engineer is a beloved modern classic children’s book. Rosie is a kid who never stops inventing fantastical machines, such as python-repelling cheese hats. Through the course of the story she overcomes failures, embarrassment, and fear, with a little encouragement from her great-great-aunt Rose, a WWII Rosie the Riveter. It’s a...

ReDiscover Yourself: Making a 3D Selfie

Part of the magic of reDiscover Center is that you never know exactly what materials might be waiting for you to explore! Facilitator Caitlin Dobbin found an empty coffee canister, tongue depressor, bottle caps, beads, yarn, lanyard, twine, burlap, straws, film negatives, moveable sign letters, puzzle pieces, metal clips and cardboard rings and, with...

Tinkering@Home

What exactly is tinkering? A question we often get asked at reDiscover Center. Our response? Tinkering is more than just making things. It?s experimenting, letting your creativity loose, letting yourself fail and learning from the experience. Tinkering is a way of expanding your mind and your conceptions about what can be done, and more...

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