Online - After School Tinkering
Come make something amazing with us!
Join our May after school programs!
CATALYST KIT TINKERING – Back by popular demand
COMPUTATIONAL CREATIONS – NEW
Our online Tinkering programs have a 1:4 staff to camper ratio. Every participant receives all the attention and support they need, and our camps provide genuine interactive collaboration and engagement.
We might not be able to leave the house, but we can still Tinker together!
Scholarships available ? Details can be found at the bottom of the page.
Parent of an Online Tinkering Camper ~ "Just wanted to say thanks again for putting together this virtual camp. Our son again told me it was the best camp ever, it was great to see him so engaged and interested. He really liked his collaborator, and I could tell they had a great rapport, so please thank him for us."
CATALYST KIT TINKERING
Come join us this May for some tinkering fun as we build with Catalyst Kits (included in tuition) and common household items and tackle exciting daily tinkering challenges together. Get ready to stretch your imagination!
The best-selling Electric Motors Catalyst kit includes 50+ high-quality parts. It’s more than a toy — real hardware and tools help kids connect the parts with the world around them.
Ages: 8 - 12+
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Tuition: Includes one Catalyst Tinkering Kit and free shipping ($60+ retail value)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a $35 refund if you already have your own Catalyst kit and don’t need a 2nd
*NEW - COMPUTATIONAL CREATIONS
This May, we are excited to launch a new experimental online after school Tinkering program where we will explore a set of computational tools including BBC micro:bit, LEDs and servo motors. (Included in tuition).
In this 4 week program, tinkerers will get an introduction to block based coding and will get to construct and control a variety of weird and wonderful creations that combine high tech materials with everyday materials like aluminum foil, recycled plastic and cardboard.
Ages: 10 - 15
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Tuition: Includes digital components kit and free shipping ($50+ retail value)
No programming/coding experience required. See technology requirements below.
Additional Program Information & Resources
Waitlists: If your preferred session is full, be sure to still add your name to the waitlist. Spots occasionally open up and it’s free of charge to join.
Scholarships: Tinkering School is committed to making our programs available to everyone. We offer scholarships on a pay-what-you-can basis while funds last. All families will be asked their tuition assistance preference during the registration process.
Materials from around the home:
We encourage campers to incorporate household materials into their Catalyst and Computational Creations projects. This is in no way required, but if you have time to collect a few of these items, it could be useful for your campers to have them on hand.
Extra AA batteries
Extra sheets of paper
Pencils / Crayons / Pens
Tape (masking tape or scotch tape)
Balls of various sizes (marbles to grapefruit)
Toilet paper / paper towel cardboard tubes
Spoons and other utensils
Computational Creations - Technology Requirements
If you have a desktop or laptop computer, iPad or tablet, you can code!
Mac or PC computer: you can access the web-based coding program with your standard internet browser. (See recommended browser versions here).
iPad or tablet: you can download a free app and pair your device with your micro:bit using bluetooth.
Additional tech instructions / support will be provided in your welcome letter before camp begins on May 12.
Online after school Tinkering focuses on four goals:
Becoming better teammates and friends
Learning from interesting failures
Trying harder than usual
Making the most with what we have on hand