Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff

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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 ...

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Overview

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".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449361013
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 164,738
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Curt Gabrielson 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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Table of Contents

Dedication;
Foreword;
Preface;
How to Use This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Safari® Books Online;
How to Contact Us;
Acknowledgments;
Chapter 1: Sound;
1.1 Drum Set;
1.2 Torsion Drum;
1.3 What’s Going On?;
1.4 Keep On;
1.5 Internet Connections;
1.6 Standards Topic Links;
1.7 More Tinkering with Music;
Chapter 2: The Value of Tinkering in the Learning Process;
2.1 Why Tinkering Is Essential;
2.2 Tinkering Throughout History;
2.3 Not for Everyone?;
Chapter 3: Magnetism;
3.1 Magnet Toys;
3.2 Electromagnetic Dancer;
3.3 Keep On;
3.4 Internet Connections;
3.5 Standards Topic Links;
3.6 More Tinkering with Magnetism;
Chapter 4: A Good Tinkering Session;
4.1 Tinkering Schemes;
4.2 Frameworks for Tinkering;
4.3 Characteristics of a Good Tinkering Session;
4.4 Students;
Chapter 5: Mechanics;
5.1 Basketball Hoop;
5.2 Carnival Ball Game;
5.3 What’s Going On?;
5.4 Keep On;
5.5 Internet Connections;
5.6 Standards Topic Links;
5.7 More Tinkering with Mechanics;
Chapter 6: Tinkering Logistics;
6.1 Tinkering Space;
6.2 Stocking Your Space;
6.3 Materials and Tools;
6.4 Tinkering Projects;
6.5 Facilitating Projects;
6.6 A Few More Tinkering Considerations;
Chapter 7: Electric Circuits;
7.1 Flashlight and Magic Wand;
7.2 Steadiness Circuit;
7.3 Keep On;
7.4 Internet Connections;
7.5 Standards Topic Links;
7.6 More Tinkering with Circuits;
Chapter 8: The Learning Community & Differentiated Learning;
8.1 The Learning Community;
8.2 Differentiated Learning;
Chapter 9: Chemistry;
9.1 Floating and Sinking with Colors;
9.2 Chemical Reactions;
9.3 What’s Going On?;
9.4 Keep On;
9.5 Internet Connections;
9.6 Standards Topic Links;
9.7 More Tinkering with Chemistry;
Chapter 10: Dealing with Questions and Dishing Out Answers;
10.1 Questions;
10.2 Answers;
Chapter 11: Biology;
11.1 Arm Model;
11.2 Foot and Ankle Model;
11.3 What’s Going On?;
11.4 Keep On;
11.5 Internet Connections;
11.6 Standards Topic Links;
Chapter 12: Standards and Assessment in the Tinkering Environment;
12.1 Standards;
12.2 Assessment;
Chapter 13: Engineering and Motors;
13.1 Hovercraft;
13.2 Motorized Art Spinner;
13.3 What’s Going On?;
13.4 Keep On;
13.5 Internet Connections;
13.6 Standards Topic Links;
13.7 More Tinkering with Motor Engineering;
Chapter 14: Final Notes;
Academic Research On How Learning Works;
Evaluation Questionnaire for Students;
Index;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Teachable

    This book can tell you a lot how to make cool things,and maybe you might be a builder when you grow up

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