The Tinkering Studio is primarily a research and development laboratory in the Exploratorium in San Francisco, but whenever possible, the museum shares its projects, activities, and developing ideas following an “open source” model. One free activity invites students to adorn their bodies with electrifyingly awesome jewelry that they build themselves. Another invites them to turn old plastic bags into beautiful new fabrics that they can use to make a variety of fashionable items. The guides on the site are free to download and use to help students get started with tinkering, whether at home or in their school or other educational institution.
Nearly five years ago, Gurnee District 56 embarked on a journey to equip students in the district with iPads to be used as their primary curriculum delivery tool. As we began that journey, there were no road maps to follow, and many times it felt as if we were walking in a dense forest with no idea what lurked five feet ahead of us. In a truly collaborative effort, we began to clear the forest and discover enough light to chart a clear path forward. We have come so far since then.
With Let’s create! Pottery HD Lite for iOS and Android by Infinite Dreams, students can become artists and create one-of-a-kind ceramic pottery items by imagining, designing, and even printing their 3D pots.