Unlike a Science Lab, the Tinkering Lab is not meant for achieving specific goals. Therefore, the content is quite dynamic. The amazing thing about a Tinkering Lab is that it can be set up at any kind of educational institution or activity centre. For Example:
- Primary Schools
- High Schools
- Colleges (Arts, Science, Engineering, etc.)
- Hobby Centres
- Science Parks
- Science Museums
- Tuition centres
This list is just indicative. Apart from providing activities for students, programs can be conducted for parents and trainers.
Following is a brief about what to expect from a Tinkering Lab Setup.
The Initial Setup
The first stage of the setup is about having the right kind of work space and storage space. We need a lot of storage space in a way that will help us organise all the material.
Cabinets: For books. For structural material and components.
Drawers: For the wide variety of electrical components, hardware components, binding material (tapes and glues)
Racks: For paper and plastic sheets. For gadgets and display of projects.
This is an optional expense, but adds a lot of value to the child’s learning. If it doesn’t fit the budget, it can be skipped or minimized. This includes:
Interactive Wall Murals: Such murals provide hours of fun to children while developing their logical and problem-solving skills.
Wall Panels: These panels may be informative or interactive.
Hanging Exhibits: Models, light effects, illusions and many more interesting things can be hung from the wall.
Light and Electricity Activities: Children and play with these and see how bulbs glow on connecting wires.
Mechanical Activities: Simple machines, like levers, pulleys, and gears keep children amused.
For senior students more tools and gadgets are needed than activities and panels.
Tables: Large tables with ample space for many students to work together.
Carpets: This is an alternative to large tables, as it is cost effective.
Workstations: The workstations are theme based, for a set of activities or experimentation.
We’ll be listing the categories of material here shortly. Keep a watch on our blog for material and activities your can do at your home or school. Write us for queries, ideas or suggestions at email@example.com.