Tinkering & STEM

My "Tinkering" tool box

My “Tinkering” tool box

Last week I began the Coursera course, Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning. This free MOOC, taught by the folks at The Exploratorium in San Fransisco, has been on my radar for many months. This past week laid the foundation for the concept of tinkering, and whetted our appetites for some of the upcoming hands-on projects.

This Wednesday, we start building. I’m ready. The kids are ready. I’m going to try and post some of our projects to the blog as we go…even some of our failures. The course focuses on circuits and I’m looking forward to becoming more comfortable with allowing the kids to mess around with electricity. I’m also taking notes for next year’s camp. I really like the idea of a “maker” camp in the near future.

The MOOC course provided a list of materials that we needed to purchase...thank goodness because I'm not quite sure what all of this stuff does!

The MOOC course provided a list of materials that we needed to purchase…thank goodness because I’m not quite sure what all of this stuff does! The Makey Makey doesn’t count…we cracked that open as soon as it arrived!