TinkerTech mobile maker classes are for pre-K up to 6th Grade (ages 4 to 12). We offer classes in schools and through Rec Centers.

Registration opens in December for our classes at these Rec Centers from January 2018. Course codes will be listed here to help you secure a place quickly as these after-school spots go very fast!

To enquire about setting up new classes for your school or group, email hello@tinkertech.me

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click this image to view tinkertech's google calendar where new classes are posted

Hello! 

TinkerTech is a program of mobile maker and coding classes based in Marin for K-8.

Our experienced teachers are happy to provide classes for small groups with a minimum class size of six students and a maximum of 15.

For the 2017-2018 school year, we are pleased to offer the following paid classes, part of a year-round schedule that includes community events for our students and their families. Classes can be broken down into three areas that all feed into each other - Tinkering and Making, Coding, and Robotics.

TinkerTech Group Classes for 2017-2018

Tinkering and Making

TinkerTech Inventors
For Pre-K to Grade 2

Make a creative project every week in this dynamic and imaginative class. Students explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through TinkerTech’s unique themed activities. Inventing fun and hands-on tinkering for curious kids! Students enjoy project-based learning using a mix of low-tech maker materials and popular edtech tools such as LittleBits, CircuitCubes, Tinkering Labs and Lectrify.
Some take-home projects in this graduating program where students build on skills learned across the year.

TinkerTech Invent and Code
For Grades 3-5

Make a creative project every week and learn to code games in this dynamic and imaginative class. Students explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through TinkerTech’s unique themed activities. Inventing fun and hands-on tinkering for curious kids!
Students enjoy project-based learning using edtech tools such as LittleBits, MIT’s makeymakey - and the latest inventions from the Bay Area’s CircuitCubes, Tinkering Labs and Lectrify. Coding is in Scratch, the popular and successful block programming environment from MIT.
Some take-home projects in this graduating program where students build on skills learned across the year.

Coding

TinkerTech Be A Coder! Learn to Code in Swift
Grades 3-8

Here’s your chance to learn to code using Apple’s powerful programming language, Swift. Swift is designed to be easy to use and lets you see what you’re creating with code as you write it. In this class, students start with Swift Playgrounds on iPad that teaches the fundamentals of programming. Great for students who have tinkered with code before (eg Scratch) and want to understand more about how it works so they can start building their own games and apps. This class can be taught to all ages as children progress at their own speed through the program with the teacher acting as a coach and facilitator.
Swift Playgrounds can also be used to program Dash and Dot and Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots making this class a fun and empowering introduction to code.

Robotics

TinkerTech Robot Programmer. Dash and Dot Robot Club
Grades 3-5

Dash and Dot are robots designed to teach programming through hands-on challenges. Students in this class set up their own Dash and Dot Robot Club and are invited to enter international competitions to share their new-found skills. Hands-on learning through a block-based coding language that leads students into robotics in a fun and friendly environment.

TinkerTech Robot Programmer. Lego Mindstorm Club
Grades 3-5, 5-8 or 6-8

Lego Mindstorm sets allow students to design, build and program their robot to compete in challenges. Robots might need to find their way out of a maze, create a sequence of lights and musical notes to solve a puzzle, or follow a specific path to buried treasure and uncover it. For these in-class challenges, students must accept the challenge and work to overcome any problems that arise to be successful and, possibly, victorious! This is a hands-on, small group, building and coding course involving several separate activities of varying intensity in a fun and friendly environment.

 

Classes are scheduled in a minimum of 6-week blocks that fit with the school year. Based on a six-week block of one-hour classes, fees are $150 per student for coding and robotics and $180 per student for maker classes where we provide materials for take-home projects.

We can offer discounts for larger group classes and workshops. TinkerTech is a non-profit and our aim is to offer scholarship places for children in underserved communities.

We love teaching STEM and are always happy to tell you more about our classes and students projects! For more information, contact TinkerTech’s Founder Claire Comins claire@kidscontent.org