This Thursday: Scratch Day at the Tinkering Studio

We are hosting a Scratch Day event on Thursday in honor of the 10th anniversary of Scratch. Come by the Tinkering Studio and connect Scratch with the curious objects and phenomena of the physical world.


Tinkering about Thinking about Seymour

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

MIT Papert Event


Recent Computational Tinkering Experiments

Earlier this month, Nicole and I traveled to the MIT Media Lab for the 2016 Scratch conference. At the event, we led a workshop on scratchpaper and shared some of our recent experiments around computational tinkering.


Developing Scratchpaper Workshop

Nicole and I will be leading a tinkering workshop at this year's Scratch Conference at the MIT Media Lab. We've been experimenting with different ways of incorporating scratch programming and computational thinking into some of our tinkering workshops. As we've been preparing for the workshop, we've focused on paper circuitry as a interesting way to investigate some of these topics.


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:


Scratch Paper Sound Experiments

Over the past couple of weeks, Nicole and I have been preparing for a workshop for the upcoming Scratch Conference at MIT Media Lab around programming paper circuits. We started to experiment with these ideas a few months ago when we hosted a BAME meetup for a half-baked smorgasbord of programming provocations.


Programming and Paper Circuits Workshop

Lately we've been thinking a lot about how to provide an introduction to programming through visual languages like scratch with visitors on the museum floor.


After Dark: Sexplorations 2016

February is a time for love, romance, and at the Exploratorium, a chance to delve into the science of sex. Once again we participated After Dark: Sexplorations and brought a bit of tinkering spirit to the evening. The following post discusses activities and artists from an adult program dealing explicitly with human sexuality, and therefore may not be suitable for a young audience.


Sensors, LEDs and Feedback Loops

This week we've been continuing experiments inspired by the PIE sensor garden workshop using the seeed grove kit and scratch programming as entry points to the idea of computational tinkering.



Physical Programming & Sensor Garden Prototyping

Our recent experiments with ScratchX, Seeed Sensors, and programming have produced some really interesting prototypes that I think can shed some light on the process that our group goes through when working out new tinkering activities. We've all been sharing ideas with each other and it's been really interesting to see how initial investigations build on one another and lead to new pathways.


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