Tinkering at the LEGO Foundation’s Partner’s Meeting

Last month the Tinkering Studio team traveled to Billund, Denmark to participate in the LEGO Foundation’s Partners Meeting. Over two days educators, funders, and leaders from all over the world came together to discuss Learning through Play, which is the focus of LEGO Foundation’s work.


Tinkering about Thinking about Seymour

“You can’t think about thinking without thinking about thinking about something.” – Seymour Papert

MIT Papert Event


LEGO Balance: Extra Materials and Iteration

Over the past few months, we've been prototyping a tinkering activity using LEGO pieces to construct balancing sculptures. We're currently putting the idea on hiatus for a while as we prepare for an upcoming LEGO event, but we thought that in lieu of posting a detailed instructable about how to do the activity, I'd write a couple blog posts to share our groups reflections so far and the questions and ideas we're excited to pursue when we return to this topic.


LEGO Tinkering Pegboard Instructable

As we experiment with LEGO parts to explore with motions, mechanisms and linkages, we've also been working on custom elements to help us and visitors with the process of tinkering with these materials.



LEGO Robot Orchestra

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been trying some initial prototypes of LEGO linkages in the Tinkering Studio workshop. We built on our previous robot arm experiments in the learning studio, but as we continued to prepare the activity to be tested on the museum floor, we shifted the focus more toward sound making and music as a prompt for exploration.


LEGO Linkage Experiments

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been working with LEGO foundation to think about how to incorporate LEGO elements into tinkering experiences. We started out with exploring art machines and in the process noticed the ways that the technic pins encouraged participants to think about systematic iteration and appreciated the complexity of the different types of motion, including linkage based mechanisms.


LEGO Art Machines

Over the next couple of months, we'll be working with LEGO Foundation to investigate possibilities for activities that use LEGO as a material for tinkering. We've identified a few starting points that we will use for initial explorations, including both adaptations of current tinkering studio activities and other ideas that are brand new for us. The first thing that we've started messing around with are versions of scribbling machines built with LEGO elements.


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