About Our Work
Tinkering is a hands-on learning approach and way to develop understanding about the world. Learning through tinkering relies on direct experiences with real phenomena, things that learners can see and touch. The Tinkering Studio believes that tinkering experiences empower both learners and educators to develop an understanding of science processes and ideas, as well as their own potential as learners. We do this work in the following ways.
Tech & Play
The Tech & Play project brings together educators from different countries to develop and practice playful approaches to learning with technology.
Early Childhood Tinkering
We are exploring the ways tinkering can open up new possibilities in the early childhood field with our play-based practice.
Tinkering at Home
Tinkering is an active, hands-on approach to learning about the world. Try this collection of prompts for tinkering at home using everyday materials and accessible tools to explore and create.
Research and Development
Activities and exhibits are developed in The Learning Studio, the creative engine (adjacent to The Tinkering Studio) where ideas are generated, discarded, tested and perfected.
The Tinkering Studio itself
We share daily tinkering experiences, in-depth workshops, lightly facilitated activities, and inspirational installations in the Tinkering Studio on the public floor of the museum.
Our work with artists, tinkerers, and makers of all stripes is critical as we attempt to demystify the process of making, and to infuse our work with new ideas.
We are constantly engaged in a process of being reflective about our own work, and try to articulate our ideas and philosophy via a range of publications.
Introductory and advanced Professional Development workshops, to support educators in developing a practice and ethos of tinkering.
After School Tinkering
We collaborate with several after school programs to share tinkering projects with teachers and kids.
Story Time + Tinkering
The Tinkering Studio is teaming up with Mr. Limata's Story Time to share a collection of tinkering activities connected to story books.