The Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco, California, is a learning laboratory for exhibits and programs that offers hands-on explorations that focus on play and inquiry. Activities include Rube Goldberg–inspired chain reaction contraptions, sewn and paper circuit projects, and light painting. Its pedagogical model focuses on developing 21st-century skills by scaffolding tinkering experiences that are compelling, integrate high-tech and digital tools, are socially inclusive, and support personal interests, motivation, and understanding. This entry explains the concept of tinkering, the tenets that guide activities at the Tinkering Studio, and how these activities correspond to learning 21st-century skills.


Making has been practiced by individuals throughout time and across cultures. Making is a broad term, including everything from ...

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