What is Tinkering?
The Oxford Dictionaries says that to tinker is to “attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory (unfocused) way.”
The Free Dictionary says that a tinkerer is “one who enjoys experimenting with and repairing machine parts.”
The TinkerLab is a place where children are encouraged to follow their curiosities, test how materials work, experiment, and ultimately combine materials and ideas together in new, inventive ways.
Every Tinkerlab is unique and the projects that are worked on inside of them are also very diverse. Below are just a few samples of the things that you can do in the lab:
- Electronics: LED Hula hoop
- Robot building / Robotics
- Snap circuits where you can create exciting projects, such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, and doorbells.
- Take-a-part sessions
- Rube Goldberg machines
We are creating our Tinkerlab from donated recycled materials and inexpensive supplies which can be found anywhere.