"To tinker is to bravely embrace the unknown, being unafraid to learn by accepting challenges, creatively solving problems and tenaciously pursuing success; to not know how or why something works but to be curious and motivated to find out."
Building experiences happen everyday for the students at New Roads School, Santa Monica, CA, in the DISCOVERY CENTER. Teacher, Stu Scolnik, uses project based learning and construction to excite students about STEM. "Building confidence, patience and sticktoitiveness are by products of woodworking and engineering." Children eagerly look forward to see what new skill they will learn in the Discovery Center. As one student said, " We either build it, blow it up or eat it!" Stu began transforming his laboratory in to a Tool Shop. Thinking about organization, safety, tools, noise, and soon students were learning how to cut, drill, hammer, sand, screw, assemble and test materials. A variety of projects have been built by students beginning in Kindergarten. Most recently they constructed varieties of boats.
Stu presented at Early Childhood STEM Conference on February 6, 2015 (www.ecstem.org) and shared with educators how to successfully implement such a program. For more information, contact Stu at firstname.lastname@example.org.