This past June, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to sponsor the third annual TinkerFest at the Mid-America Science Museum here in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The TinkerFest explored different kinds of tinkering and showed how it can be a fun learning tool for children.
What is tinkering exactly? Tinkering is the learning theory that supports the idea that the process of hands-on building can be even more beneficial than the product itself. For example, the process of taking apart and rebuilding something allows one to see how the item works and the importance of each part. In the end, the tinkerer will have a better understanding of why that thing – and things similar to it – work.
At the museum, over fifty Tinkering Stations were set up to help inspire young innovators. Alliance rubber bands were featured at a couple of stations including a tie-dye decorating table and a station where wheels were powered by CDs and rubber bands. Kids also got a chance to play with a giant rubber band ball!
Just as Alliance Rubber shows innovation in their products, tinkering can be the first step in new innovative solutions in many aspects of work and at home. Check out some more tinkering activities including rubber bands here: http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/tinkering/2012/04/30/developing-a-new-activity-water-craft. This first one is called “Water Craft.” Try out this one, or other tinkering activities and let us know how it goes!