Tinkering and Innovating in Education
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About Us | School Factory

"The School Factory is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that creates value-creating communities and spaces that transform education.

 

 ... Space Federation -- We support and create community environments like hackerspaces, makerspaces, co-working spaces, and other places where diverse communities come together to build, make, and teach one another.

 

 ... Emergentcy Schools -- We support and create programs that engage people in the creation of communities of practice--focused on a culture of creativity, constructivism, and project-based learning.

 

... The Space Federation -- The Space Federation program helps connect people who make hackerspaces, makerspaces, co-working spaces and other creative/community environments to share resources and ideas.

 

> Any space can join the Space Federation for free.

 

> Activities are created and delivered according to open source principles and philosophies where possible. This is about the commons.

 

> Being a member means joining our online community, participating in events and activities, and contributing to the growth of these spaces overall by sharing your experiences and ideas.

 

> We also provide non-profit incorporated spaces with fiscal sponsorship, enabling them to receive tax-deductible grants, donations, and contributions from the start, for which we charge a small administrative fee. Fiscal sponsorship is not required for membership in the Space Federation." from source: http://schoolfactory.org/

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As I am making my way into the emerging world of Maker Spaces and Emergentcy Schools and such, The School Factory demonstrates an exciting concept of not only supporting a geographically local community, it is connecting other such organizations as well. I imagine The School Factory would be a good resource for any group who intend to start or setup a tinkering or making space for education, training, and fun. 

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Tinkering School: Think, Make, Tinker!

Tinkering School: Think, Make, Tinker! | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Gever Tulley founded Tinkering School in 2005 in order to learn how children become competent and to explore the notion that kids can build anything, and through building, learn anything. The foundation of Tinkering School is putting power-tools in the hands of 8 year-olds; using real tools and real materials to build big projects. Really big projects.

 

Starting with a rollercoaster in 2005 (100' of track and big enough for any of the kids or adults to ride), the kids at Tinkering School have built a 3-story 30' tall treehouse (with no permanent attachment to the tree), a rope bridge made from plastic shopping bags (strong enough to hold all 8 tinkerers - simultaneously), and any number of vehicles and boats (tested, of course, on the Pacific Ocean waters of Half Moon Bay)."

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This is a great site for examples about Tinkering in education. It has links to Partner Programs in other locations, recent projects, school news, 2013 sessions list, Highlights, and more. Also listed is a new project, Brightworks, an innovative K-12 alternative school that is dedicated to hands-on, engagement based learning.

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