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Oh, The Tinkering You Will Do | Ecology of Education

Oh, The Tinkering You Will Do

TED Talks describes Gever Tulley this way:

A software engineer, Gever Tulley is the co-founder of the Tinkering School, a weeklong camp where lucky kids get to play with their very own power tools. He’s interested in helping kids learn how to build, solve problems, use new materials and hack old ones for new purposes. He’s also a certified paragliding instructor.

While this talk focuses nearly entirely on the Tinkering School, it leaves copious room between the lines for us to consider some of the larger ramifications in education reform. We know well enough that true understanding comes through experience, but often neglect to implement curricula that achieves such.  Mr. Tulley, demonstrates the incredible potential in applying experiential education tools for inspiring exploration, cultivating curiosity, and planting seeds for understanding concepts in engineering, physics, and applied mathematics.

We could all take a page (or a gadget) out of his plan book.

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Author:Jason Flom

Learner. Educator. Reader. Writer. Cyclist. Part-time Polyanna. Husband. Daddy. Founder, Ecology of Education. Director of Learning Platforms, Q.E.D. Foundation. Twitter: @JasonFlom. LinkedIn: Jason Flom; Edutopia's Green School Group; and doing dishes while pretending to be a professional underground rapper. "I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self denial, and above all, compassion." Kurt Hahn