About Tinkering for Grown-Ups:
Almost from the day we started Tinker Camp, parents have said, "I wish
you would do this for adults."
And so we did.
We had to put a pause on Tinkering for Grown-Ups because of the pandemic. Now that we have our own family-friendly maker space, we are rebooting TFG in out new space. Our goal is to offer a similar building/making/tinkering experience as we offer the kids at our summer camps.... albeit more compressed and with beer. Of course we are doing this to have fun, but also to demonstrate how our narrative-based, open tinkering system works. We hope that you will expand your understanding of narrative based, open tinkering, and maybe you can share this idea with the kids in your life, whether your own or the kids in your classroom.
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Season 1 of Tinkering For Grown-Ups (2019)
if it was your responsibility to save humanity. In this episode, we will
be doing just that by creating a spacecraft capable of carrying a select
crew into the furthest reaches of space. Using motors, tape, lights and
anything in our mad collection of materials and tools we will undertake
a number of tinkering challenges designed to get us all into space.
loves a carnival. There are exhilarating rides, unusual characters and
animals and challenging games. In this episode, we will put on a carnival
that you design, build and run. Want to invent mini-carnival rides from
used toys? Have you ever dreamed of making hand cranked mechanical toys?
Then join us for an evening of carnival fun. You may get a chance to try
out juggling, tight-rope and stilt walking, and you'll participate in
a variety of theatrical and artistic experiences all based on the fascinating
world of The Carnival. Come one, Come all!
|| March 13th
||Cities in Your Future
all engineers, builders, entrepreneurs and civic-leaders. Help your community
and design a city of the future. Use your engineering skills, creativity
and knowledge about the place you live to plan, build and 'tinker' the
kind of city you want to see in the future - and all to scale. Light the
streets, create public and residential zones, designate eco-spaces, prepare
for natural disasters and build all the places you need to help your community
||Characters & Costumes
have dedicated a lot of building time with kids and at faires creating
costumes, armor, belts, masks and so on, all out of cardboard. In this
episode, we set the stage for a improvised creation event -- ala exquisite
corpse -- where we build the narrative first using a game. We draw a place,
time and event from a deck of cards and then we will create costumes and
characters to fit that story. A medieval faire set in the future? A masquerade
in 18th century Central Park? It could happen!
||The Beautiful Machine
||Episode five will turn the idea of narrative upside down.
Instead of building to fit a narrative, it is your difficult task to build
a machine that tells a story. Is it an automata that tells the story of
a great tragedy? Will you design a diorama that displays plot events using
LED lights? Can you create a marble run that depicts the events of your
favorite teen novel? Does it shimmer?
||A World of Light and Color
||The world has descended into darkness. The minds and hearts
of the people and creatures have been focused on fear and anger. A group
of hopeful artists, dreamers and builders have banded together with a
dream to bring light, color, and joy back to the world. They have visions
of whimsical creations that will inspire those around them to laugh and
smile. Join us for an evening where we explore and create with light,
color and movement.