Tinkering, 1Ed (PDF)

Tinkering, 1Ed (PDF)

Tinkering is the imprecise art of meddling, poking, breaking, and experimenting! Learn how hands-on tinkering at home can teach science and other valuable educational skills.


After-school and out-of-school programs as well as home schooling have been growing steadily for nearly a decade, but instructors are still searching for high-interest content that ties into science standards without the rigidity of current classroom canon. The author draws on more than 20 years of experience doing hands-on science to facilitate tinkering: learning science while fooling around with real things.

In this book, you'll learn:

  • Tinkering techniques in key science areas
  • How to let kids learn science with hands-on tinkering
  • Engaging techniques for science learning at home, in school, or at a makerspace or library
  • Step-by-step instructions for activities that don't end with a single project, but that provide many paths for "tinkering forward".

Curt Gabrielson

Curt runs the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop and works with science education in East Timor. He has been a science educator for more than 20 years, with positions in the California public schools, the National University of East Timor, and San Francisco's Exploratorium Teacher Institute.

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