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Tinkering, 2nd Edition

Book Description

How can you consistently pull off hands-on tinkering with kids? How do you deal with questions that you can't answer? How do you know if tinkering kids are learning anything or not? Is there a line between fooling around with real stuff and learning?

The idea of learning through tinkering is not so radical. From the dawn of time, whenever humanity has wanted to know more, we have achieved it most effectively by getting our hands dirty and making careful observations of real stuff.

Make: Tinkering (Kids Learn by Making Stuff) lets you discover how, why--and even what it is--to tinker and tinker well. Author Curt Gabrielson draws on more than 20 years of experience doing hands-on science to facilitate tinkering: learning science while fooling around with real things.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Chapter 1: Sound
    1. Drum Set
    2. Torsion Drum
    3. What’s Going On?
    4. Keep On
    5. Internet Connections
    6. Standards Topic Links
    7. More Tinkering with Music
  9. Chapter 2: The Value of Tinkering in the Learning Process
    1. Why Tinkering Is Essential
    2. Tinkering Throughout History
    3. Not for Everyone?
  10. Chapter 3: Magnetism
    1. Magnet Toys
    2. Electromagnetic Dancer
    3. Keep On
    4. Internet Connections
    5. Standards Topic Links
    6. More Tinkering with Magnetism
  11. Chapter 4: A Good Tinkering Session
    1. Tinkering Schemes
    2. Frameworks for Tinkering
    3. Characteristics of a Good Tinkering Session
    4. Students
  12. Chapter 5: Mechanics
    1. Basketball Hoop
    2. Carnival Ball Game
    3. What’s Going On?
    4. Keep On
    5. Internet Connections
    6. Standards Topic Links
    7. More Tinkering with Mechanics
  13. Chapter 6: Tinkering Logistics
    1. Tinkering Space
    2. Stocking Your Space
    3. Materials and Tools
    4. Tinkering Projects
    5. Facilitating Projects
    6. A Few More Tinkering Considerations
  14. Chapter 7: Electric Circuits
    1. Flashlight and Magic Wand
    2. Steadiness Circuit
    3. Keep On
    4. Internet Connections
    5. Standards Topic Links
    6. More Tinkering with Circuits
  15. Chapter 8: The Learning Community & Differentiated Learning
    1. The Learning Community
    2. Differentiated Learning
  16. Chapter 9: Chemistry
    1. Floating and Sinking with Colors
    2. Chemical Reactions
    3. What’s Going On?
    4. Keep On
    5. Internet Connections
    6. Standards Topic Links
    7. More Tinkering with Chemistry
  17. Chapter 10: Dealing with Questions and Dishing Out Answers
    1. Questions
    2. Answers
  18. Chapter 11: Biology
    1. Arm Model
    2. Foot and Ankle Model
    3. What’s Going On?
    4. Keep On
    5. Internet Connections
    6. Standards Topic Links
  19. Chapter 12: Standards and Assessment in the Tinkering Environment
    1. Standards
    2. Assessment
  20. Chapter 13: Engineering and Motors
    1. Hovercraft
    2. Motorized Art Spinner
    3. What’s Going On?
    4. Keep On
    5. Internet Connections
    6. Standards Topic Links
    7. More Tinkering with Motor Engineering
  21. Chapter 14: Final Notes
  22. Appendix A: Academic Research On How Learning Works
  23. Appendix B: Evaluation Questionnaire for Students
  24. Index
  25. About the Author
  26. Footnotes
  27. Backcover