Something incredibly wonderful happens when you combine children's literature with tinkering activities. As children engage with materials and stories, math moments start to reveal themselves in surprising ways.
Casey is a consultant and trainer to preschool programs and the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, while parenting two young learners at home. She regularly finds ways to connect her work as a woodworker and an educator, whether by building mud kitchens for local Head Start programs, or sharing new tools with toddlers.
Ryoko and I had the pleasure of collaborating with the Scratch Education Collaborative, a group of educators from 41 different organizations committed to supporting learners from historically marginalized communities in their development of confidence in creative computing. Our goal was to provide a hands-on tinkering experience with an eye for multiple pathways for projects and how an analog activity can be extended with computation.
Nathan is a tinkering resident with the Brazilian Creative Learning Network. Nathan is also a researcher and partner of LSITec at POLI-USP's electrical engineering State University and a practicing teacher at Elementary High School.