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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1 hour to complete

Introduction to Tinkering

What is tinkering? What does it mean to you? Is it different from engineering or other forms of making? We'll explore these questions in the readings and forums while getting a sneak preview of the activities we'll be sharing over the following modules....
Reading
3 videos (Total 12 min), 5 readings
Video3 videos
Course Overview1m
Preview of Activities6m
Reading5 readings
Week Overview10m
Your turn10m
Course Overview10m
Course format10m
Credit Requirements10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Initial Explorations

Tinkering is all about making, so let's get started. In this module we begin with a basic circuit board activity, which helps learners make physical and conceptual connections between electrical components. You will learn how to build your own set to play with and why we designed it this way....
Reading
6 videos (Total 32 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
Designing for Tinkerability: Circuit Boards8m
Inspiration: Shih Chieh (CJ) Huang8m
Making Circuit Boards5m
Classroom Connection: Circuit Boards3m
Pedagogical Perspective: Rob Semper3m
Reading2 readings
Week Overview: Initial Explorations with Tinkering10m
Your Turn10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Learning Dimensions

In this module, we'll explore erratic motion and art-making with an activity called Scribbling Machines. We'll also investigate how tinkering maps on to different indicators of learning....
Reading
6 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
Designing for Tinkerability: Scribbling Machines6m
Inspiration: Evil Mad Scientist8m
Making Scribbling Machines6m
Classroom Connection: Scribbling Machines5m
Pedagogical Perspective: Edith Ackermann7m
Reading2 readings
Week Overview: Identifying Dimensions of Learning10m
Your Turn10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Tinkering Tenets and Personal Expression

We'll explore the aesthetic dimensions of tinkering with a full rundown of our Paper Circuits and Sewn Circuits activities, including key design elements and important principles....
Reading
6 videos (Total 40 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
Sewn Circuits7m
Paper Circuits7m
Inspiration: Jie Qi10m
Pedagogical Perspective: Mike Eisenberg7m
Classroom Connection4m
Reading2 readings
Week Overview: Personal Expression Through Tinkering10m
Your Turn10m

Instructors

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Mike Petrich

Director, Informal Learning Center
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Karen Wilkinson

Director, Tinkering Studio
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Luigi Anzivino

Professional Development Lead
Tinkering Studio

About Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we’ve built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. We use the same tools and approaches to design compelling professional development programs for teachers ranging from novice to expert, elementary to high school, and formal and informal, in fields of science, math, and engineering. To date the Exploratorium has provided in-depth, multi-year programming to thousands of educators from over 450 school districts in 47 states and in many different countries....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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