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Episode 1: The Tinkering Cycle


The Tinkering Cycle

The Tinkering Together Podcast miniseries kicks off the first episode by outlining the basics of how tinkering works in early learning classrooms.
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Welcome to Tinkering Together a podcast miniseries from the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, in San Francisco, California.

I'm your host Anya Kamenetz, a journalist and author who thinks a lot about how children learn. Basically, I get to learn for a living. And over the next three episodes, we're going to be exploring, tinkering. Okay, so what is tinkering? We're not talking about trying to fix up a car. Tinkering in this context is a pedagogy, a particular approach to teaching and learning. It's aimed at learners of all ages. And some of the basic elements of tinkering as a pedagogy are purposeful play, learner choice, and collaboration. Tinkering can happen anywhere, but one of the places it is practiced is at the Tinkering Studio that's located inside the Exploratorium, the museum of science, art and human perception on San Francisco's beautiful waterfront, the Embarcadero.

Speakers: Anya Kamenetz, Ihuoma Ihuekwumere, Ernesto Rodriguez, Ryan Kurada.

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