professional development


The Art of Tinkering Workshop

This workshop is a three-day Professional Development session designed to support educators develop a practice and ethos of a tinkering pedagogy. This approach will support a new lens when designing activities, developing facilitation strategies, and building environments that can support your teaching and learning goals.


The Art of Tinkering Workshop – September 2017

The Art of Tinkering
– A three day workshop about tinkering, making, thinking, and learning –
September 19-21, 2017 @ the Exploratorium


The Art of Tinkering Workshop – November 2016

The Art of Tinkering
– A three day workshop about tinkering, making, thinking, and learning –
November 16-18, 2016 @ the Exploratorium


Singapore Workshop - Day 3

Our final full workshop day in Singapore focused on creating a giant, collaborative Chain Reaction machine. Ling Ling and Ryan found some amazing items while shopping before the workshop started, which led us to choose the Year of the Goat as the theme. Each group received a small plush goat and one inspiring object (like dancing Frankenstein or Jack in the Box) to help them get started building their machines.


PD x 3 .......(3 Professional Development models for making & tinkering)

You're invited to join us this week  

Thursday - Feb 5th at 11PST for a Community of Practice Hangout


Community of Practice Hangout - January 22nd @ 11PST

You're invited to join us for a quirky hangout in 2 weeks. This ASTC Community of Practice (CoP) hangout will explore the topic of self-serve* activities in maker/tinkering spaces (*activities that don’t require facilitation).


Making and Tinkering Reading Group starts this Thursday at 11PST

As part of our ASTC Community of Practice for Making and Tinkering in Museums we're launching an online reading group this week. And you're invited to join us! We’re calling it a reading group instead of a book club, because we’re not going to tackle entire books together. Instead, we want to increase our collective awareness around seminal educational work as well as contemporary writings. Ultimately, we want to get to the point where we can dive into Dewey together, but thought we’d start in the present.

Professional Development

A large part of our mission is to be reflective about what it takes to support tinkering activities as rich opportunities for learning, and then articulate those ideas and disseminate them throughout the field. One of the most effective ways we have found of doing so is by offering in-person introductory and advanced Professional Development workshops, to support educators in developing a practice and ethos of tinkering.


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