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Jun/17

Pinhole Cameras with Modesto Tamez

For the past two weeks we've had a special guest visiting us at Tinkering Club - artist and senior scientist at the Exploratorium Modesto Tamez! To continue our exploration of light and shadow, we worked with him to create Pinhole Cameras. We thought this would be a fun connection to previous weeks' ideas, but with a new twist. For example, when we made light paintings we were creating long exposure digital images.

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Apr/17

Making Stained Glass Window Hangings with Tinkering ASP

To continue our explorations of light, shadow, and color at Lighthouse's Tinkering Club Afterschool Program, the next activity we dove into was making stained glass art. There are a few big reasons we chose to make this our next activity. First, it builds on students' interests and prior skills. In past activities, soldering has always been one of the most popular elements to participate in, but all of our previous soldering has been related to circuitry. Making a stained glass window uses those same tools and materials, but in a different way and for a new purpose.

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Nov/16

After School Tinkering: Wood Automata

During the fall session at Lighthouse Community Charter School, the Tinkering Studio developed and delivered after school tinkering curriculum focusing on projects that used mechanisms and motions. One of the projects in the series was wood automata, where students used what they had learned previously in Tinkering Club to build automata entirely from wood.

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Jul/16

Creating Programming Curriculum

For the past two weeks we've been lucky to have two teachers from Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland in residence with us. Over the next week we'll be sharing posts on their reflections, experiments, and ideas they want to take back to school with them.

From Sarah:

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Jul/16

Mini Shadow Boxes!

For the past two weeks we've been lucky to have two teachers from Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland in residence with us. Over the next week we'll be sharing posts on their reflections, experiments, and ideas they want to take back to school with them.

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Jul/16

Homemade Switches in Afterschool

In our partnership with Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland we spent the last semester focusing on circuits. After a brief exploration of Circuit Boards we decided to try diving into ideas of conductivity and insulation more deeply by making our own homemade switches.

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Jul/16

Tiny Theaters at Lighthouse ASP

Many of the activities we host in the Tinkering Studio are inspired by artist residencies and collaborations. This year's visit by tinkerer-in-residence Tim Hunkin was not only a great time to work together, but also prompted a new activity for us to try with students in the after school program at Lighthouse Community Charter School. Continuing on the idea of Tim Hunkin's "peep shows," we spent several weeks making Tiny Theaters.

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Apr/16

Research + Practice

This spring we have the privilege of working with the After School Program at Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland to explore tinkering and making in after school time, and how it has the potential to make connections with learning in outside experiences (you can read more about the project here).

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Mar/16

Paper Circuits in After School at Lighthouse

For the past several weeks we've been heading to Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland to collaborate with their After School Program to host tinkering activities (you can read more about the history of the partnership here).

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