Having Fun and Learning through Tinkering

Monday, June 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Research Products | Research Brief
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs
Museum/ISE Professionals
Engineering | General STEM | Technology

Petrich, Wilkinson, and Bevan (2013) explore three areas of design principles related to tinkering. The authors share their thinking related to the activity design, environmental design, and facilitation practices involved in creating and supporting rich tinkering experiences for museumgoers. They wrote a chapter on tinkering, which describes how the group initiated, cultivated, and facilitated a making and tinkering space on the floor of a museum. Specifically the chapter outlines principles for the activity design, the tinkering space, and the facilitation practices. The authors conclude by connecting these principles to conceptions of learning in general and engineering practices more specifically.


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Molly SheaAuthor

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