So my 5th grade club this rotation is Tinkering. It's something I want to encourage more in our choice-based art room, so I found this a good setting to learn with the kiddos before I roll out a tinkering center in my room. I know the basics of tinkering, but I really wanted to see how the kids would think critically and creatively. So far, so good!
This group of 21 kiddos is amazing. They've gone right to work as teams and share between each other the pieces and parts they have gathered so far! Awesome! We started out taking apart some broken machines... Old film strip projectors, a calculator, CD headset, an iron, remote controls, and an old wax laminator thing! I love seeing their dedication... And our 34 minutes together is not enough! Apologies to their 4th period teachers. I know these kiddos are running late because they are so into figuring out wiring and building. I ask them to clean up at least 5-6 minutes before the end of our club... but they have a hard time switching gears (pun intended)!
So...stay tuned to see what creations these kids make. Plans include a flashlight, boat, robots, and a couple of cars. I'm so impressed after 4 days and can't wait to see their problem solving skills come full circle!
In what ways do you encourage tinkering in your classroom?
Artfully... Nikki K.