I grew up in a small town in Southern Germany with a rich tradition in toy making. Tinkering and playing in our Learning Studio takes me back to the great times I had as a kid, inventing toys and games in my granddad’s toy workshop. In the 15 years between my early tinkering days and my arrival at the Learning Studio, I studied earthquakes in the Chilean Andes, satellite imaging in the boreal forests of Ontario, and Physics and Math in Erlangen, Germany. Throughout my studies and travels I became more and more fascinated with the creative and playful aspects of the natural sciences. When I came to San Francisco in 2005, I found a happy symbiosis between teaching, experimenting, and making things at the Exploratorium.