Tinkering EU: Building Science Capital for All

Friday, September 1, 2017 to Monday, August 31, 2020
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions | Projects
Environment Type: 
Afterschool Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development and Workshops
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Educators/Teachers
Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Low Socioeconomic Status
National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Italy

“Tinkering EU: Building Science Capital for All” aims to develop activities and resources that support a learner-centred culture, improve science education and develop 21st century skills - all of which are fundamental for active citizenship, employability, and social inclusion. To do this, it adopts ‘Tinkering’, an innovative pedagogy developed in the USA, which is used by museums, and has proven able to create a lifelong engagement with science for everyone. Tinkering works particularly well for people who argue that “they are not good at science” or are disaffected from any formal teaching and learning process. It can be a powerful tool to tackle disadvantage. The project integrates Tinkering into the school curriculum to develop the science capital of disadvantaged youth through the use of museums. It addresses students from 8 to 14 years old (primary and junior high schools).

Coordinator: National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci

University of Cambridge – UK
NEMO Science Museum – The Netherlands
Science Gallery Dublin – Ireland
CosmoCaixa – Spain
Science Center Network – Austria
NOESIS – Greece

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Funding Program: 
Erasmus+ Programme of the EU

Team Members


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