Welcome to TinkerTech
Kids learn so much through hands-on maker and coding projects but it can be hard to find the right projects quickly, let alone gather all the materials you need in one place.
I set up TinkerTech to do the hard work for you, creating fun maker projects and coding challenges that get children creating and inventing quickly. These projects are delivered through our classes in Marin County, California, and across the States through a program that is licensed out to schools and after-care providers. So far this year, over 10,000 children have enjoyed our classes.
TinkerTech projects are created by a team of maker educators working in schools and maker spaces. We use a mix of simple maker materials (card, copper tape and leds) and edtech tools and love to tell the stories behind the companies making these tools, often start-ups themselves. Look around this website and you'll find interviews with makers, maker educators, and inventors from the Bay Area who share why they feel that learning to make, code and invent is one of the best way to inspire the innovators of tomorrow.
Where does the name TinkerTech from? Listening to our audience of educators, parents and students! We're all about encouraging creativity through curiosity and tinkering summarises that process perfectly. Technology is what we all use to help us make and share those great projects. Exploring how to use these tools is fun - knowing how they are built and understanding how they work is the key to creating the tools of the future. In an increasingly connected world, this is incredibly empowering.
The purple giraffe was designed by a TinkerTech teacher. Why a giraffe? Well, in part, it's homage to the original Electric Giraffe that Claire first saw at the Maker Faire San Mateo. But then again, we just like giraffes. That's the thing with maker, you make it what you want!
* MarinLink serves as TinkerTech's fiscal sponsor
Claire Comins brings together her experience editing educational magazines at the BBC and teaching maker and coding in Marin County, California to create TinkerTech, the go-to resource for fun maker and coding projects suitable for kids aged 3-12.