Tinkers Club

Ed Sobey

Welcome to the SchoolhouseTeachers.com Tinkers Club

“When curiosity is raised, learning occurs.” 

Ed Sobey, Ph.D.

President, Northwest Invention Center

tinkers_octAdd some bright decoration to your clothes, hats, or backpacks. You can light them up using LEDs.

If you had lights in your clothes, would you want them on all the time? Or would you like to be able to turn them on and off. Maybe you could signal your friends with red LEDs that light up to mean “yes” and yellow LEDs for “no.” Or would you like the lights to cascade up and down your shirt? You can easily add LEDs to whatever you want. We’ll explore how.


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Dr. Sobey is internationally acclaimed for his insights into creativity for kids of all ages! “Dr. Ed” globetrots to deliver a powerful message that kids learn best when they are creatively engaged. First a research scientist and later a museum director, Ed discovered the power of creative learning as Director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. During the day he worked with the world’s most successful inventors to discover what gave them the passion to make discoveries. He saw the same passion evolve at home as his young sons invented, played, and learned.

Seeing the same learning process at work in preeminent inventors and school-age children led Ed to develop the Kids Invent! Approach, an educational program sought by educators and policymakers all over the world.

You can find out more about Ed’s work at the Northwest Invention Center at www.invention-center.com.

And, you can watch a video on Ed, “Curiosity, Exploring, Failure, and Plan B” at: http://vimeo.com/67350649.

Car Models that Zoom coverunscrewed - scannedEd is the author of several books. His newest, published August 2013, is Car Models That Zoom: Creativity in Motion (Creativity in Motion series, CreateSpace Independent Publishing)

He is also the author of Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2011).