Tinker's Club

Length: 9 invention challenges
Includes: Detailed instruction and graphics for building; multiple activities; encouragement of creativity
Age/Grade: Elementary-middle school

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How to Use This Course

Presented by Dr. Ed Sobey, for students who learn best when they are creatively engaged, the Tinkers Club is a series of classes that encourage learning by creating, observing, and asking why something happened the way it did, then making changes to bring about the desired result. The lessons are best followed in the order they are presented, as some lessons build on others, but all lessons use, for the most part, ordinary objects that the student can find or obtain easily to build the project for each individual lesson. This class teaches the student to think and observe in order to solve problems that occur with their inventions, which will improve their deductive skills for other projects as well.

Course Introduction

“When curiosity is raised, learning occurs.”  Ed Sobey, Ph.D.

Do you like to invent and build things? One problem we inventors always face is a lack of sufficient building materials. With some creative thinking, however, you can transform common materials into building materials. Thomas Edison said: “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” You probably have a good imagination, so we will help you gather the pile of junk. When you invent, your eyes explore the room in an attempt to find the perfect thing that will make your creation work. The more “junk” you have around you, the easier your job of inventing will be. So where do you find this junk? That’s where our first challenge will help!

Detailed instruction and graphics for building; multiple activities; encouragement of creativity.

  • Wheels
  • Cars
  • Flying Saucers
  • Building a Catapult
  • Building Boats
  • Building from Paper
  • Pop a Balloon with a Magnet
  • LEDs
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Dr. Sobey

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Dr. Sobey is internationally acclaimed for his insights into creativity for kids of all ages! “Dr. Ed”...

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