Makers and Tinkers

Makers and Tinkers is an early childhood engineering and design program intended for school-age children from Kindergarten through Second Grade.

During each “Makers and Tinkers” session for grades K through 2, work will begin with a read-aloud focused on a specific concept (such as this week, “The Power of Air,” which looks at Air Pressure and “Air as a Push”). During the class, the group will look at Physical Science and Engineering concepts found in the Massachusetts Frameworks for Science and Engineering, such as Simple Machines, Sink vs. Float, etc. Children will work independently, in pairs or in small groups to practice critical thinking and collaboration skills, and concepts will relate to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in the area of Technology and Engineering. Children will create with loose parts, engage in the planning process of engineering, and “attack” STEM challenges from different angles.

According to the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework (DESE, 2006), The “Skills of Inquiry, Experimentation, and Design” include the ability to:

  • Ask questions about objects, organisms, and events in the environment.
  • Tell about why and what would happen if?
  • Make predictions based on observed patterns.
  • Name and use simple equipment and tools (e.g., rulers, meter sticks, thermometers, hand lenses, and balances) to gather data and extend the senses.
  • Record observations and data with pictures, numbers, or written statements.
  • Discuss observations with others.

Makers and Tinkers will seek to touch on these skills, providing opportunities to apply them in context.

Contact Us

If you are interested in enrolling your child in Makers and Tinkers or are looking for more information, please contact Kathryn through the web form or call 617-680-2728.

Each session of Makers and Tinkers will take place on a Lynnfield Public Schools half-day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; each preschool session takes place one Saturday morning a month for an hour. Please check our calendar (under the tab “session dates”) for up-to-date information. For session dates, please check the “Session Dates” tab; to register, use the “Registration” tab.

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