Tinkering in the Kitchen at ASPAC 2018
Sep
4
10:00 AM10:00

Tinkering in the Kitchen at ASPAC 2018

In this playful day-long workshop, we’ll tinkering activities with a culinary twist and reflect on the qualities of these experiences as learners. These fun hands-on investigations will serve as a starting point for identifying practical ways to adjust materials, environments and facilitation strategies to support a tinkering disposition.

Our explorations will focus on the STEAM content areas of electrical circuits,  computation, and mechanical movements as we program electronic paper designs and build a collaborative chain reaction. Through these experimental food-themed versions of the activities, we'll reflect on how tinkering can support collaboration, use of familiar materials in an unfamiliar way and an iterative process.

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Figment Oakland 2018
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Figment Oakland 2018

FIGMENT Oakland is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT's mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities.

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Tinkerfest at Amazeum
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Tinkerfest at Amazeum

This one-day celebration of creativity and curiosity hands-on brings makers, tinkerers, artists, and creatives together to share their work with the community. Tinkerfest features STEAM activities from Amazeum Makers in Residence, the local maker community, partner museums from across the country, and the Amazeum team. And, yes, a vehicle will be dismantled.

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East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2018
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2018

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

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WICO Workshop: Illuminate the Mission with Elisabeth Sylvan
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

WICO Workshop: Illuminate the Mission with Elisabeth Sylvan

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a social evening of tinkering for adults (18+) to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials. 

In this #WICO workshop led by maker and artist Elisabeth Slyvan, you will explore the theme of Illuminated Mission (inspired by Mission Possible SF) blending personal stories with public data to create unique interactive data maps that spark deeper connections and conversations. We'll use copper tape, LEDs and programmable microcontrollers to create one-of-a-kind art pieces. 

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WICO Workshop: Light-Up Faux Fur Cat Ears with Amped Atelier
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

WICO Workshop: Light-Up Faux Fur Cat Ears with Amped Atelier

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a social evening of tinkering for adults (18+) to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join in the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials. 

In this workshop led by Amped Atelier, a San Francisco based design studio specializing in tech couture, you will make faux fur cat ears that light-up with LEDs and learn how to sew a circuit with conductive thread.

Some hand sewing is required for this class.

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WICO Summer Camp Week 4 (crafting with code)
Aug
13
to Aug 17

WICO Summer Camp Week 4 (crafting with code)

In this session we'll tinker with the connections between computation, traditional craft, digital fabrication, engineering and circuitry. We'll investigate workshops like paper circuits, sewing with conductive thread and designing vinyl stickers. Our tools and material set will include soldering irons, chibi chips, copper tape and watercolors. 

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Creative Coding PD Workshop
Aug
10
to Aug 12

Creative Coding PD Workshop

In this professional development workshop we will explore computational tinkering — a playful, collaborative, and open-ended approach to exploring digital tools like Arduino, Scratch programming, Micro:bit and Chibitronics Chibichip.

As part of the two-day atelier, educators will experience several hands-on computational tinkering activities as learners, construct our own workshop elements, and brainstorm strategies to integrate new technologies to art, science, and making programs.

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WICO Workshop: Sourdough Secrets with Bread Srsly
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

WICO Workshop: Sourdough Secrets with Bread Srsly

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a social evening of tinkering for adults (18+) to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join in the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials. 

In this #WICO workshop led by the team at Bread Srsly, a delicious gluten free, vegan bakery in the Bay Area, participants will learn about the process of making gluten free sourdough, experiment with unique ingredients and take home a delicious homemade treat. 

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Scratch@MIT 2018
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Scratch@MIT 2018

We'll be collaborating with friends at Coder Dojo and the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio for two hands-on computational tinkering workshops as part of the annual Scratch Conference at the MIT Media Lab. 

Find more info about the Scratch Conference here - https://scratch.mit.edu/conference/

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WICO Workshop: Light-up Japanese Fans with Corinne Okada Takara
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

WICO Workshop: Light-up Japanese Fans with Corinne Okada Takara

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a weekend workshop to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join in the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials.

In this workshop (for tinkerers ages 10 and up) led by artist and maker Corinne Okara Takada, you will make a light-up LED fan based on the designs displayed in Japanese summer festivals and used in Obon dancing. This modern take on the Uchiwa fan illuminates so that when people dance at dusk, the sweep of their hands are traced in the fan’s arc of light.

After the workshop we encoruage participants to take their creations to the 80th annual Ginza Bazaar and Bon Odori in San Francisco's Japan Town and join the celebration. 

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WICO Workshop: Musique Concrète with Pillow Garden & Memeshift
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

WICO Workshop: Musique Concrète with Pillow Garden & Memeshift

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a social evening of tinkering for adults (18+) to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join in the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials.

In this #WICO workshop led by local artists and musicians Pillow Garden and Memeshift (Sarah H. Chung and Morgan Sully), you will experiment with sound sampling or musique concrète, music constructed by mixing recorded sounds, first developed by experimental composers in the 1940s. Each participant will learn the basics of soldering as they create their own contact mic by adding wires to a piezo electric device.

We'll then spend some time sampling and recording fun objects throughout the space and will then use these recordings to come up with our own 4 bar sequences to play and share!

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WICO Summer Camp Week 2 (crafting with code)
Jul
16
to Jul 20

WICO Summer Camp Week 2 (crafting with code)

In this session we'll tinker with the connections between computation, traditional craft, digital fabrication, engineering and circuitry. We'll investigate workshops like paper circuits, sewing with conductive thread and designing vinyl stickers. Our tools and material set will include soldering irons, chibi chips, copper tape and watercolors. 

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Ethical Creativity Institute 2018
Jun
28
9:00 AM09:00

Ethical Creativity Institute 2018

We'll be leading a tinkering workshop at the Ethical Creativity Institute (ECI), a weeklong professional development and curriculum design program created and hosted by The Brandeis School of San Francisco that combines the emergent fields of design thinking, tinkering, and constructionist education with Jewish traditions and ethical frameworks. 

Learn more about the workshop here - https://www.sfbrandeis.org/page/about-us/ethical-creativity/ethical-creativity-institute

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Workshop at Museum of Discovery
Apr
26
7:30 AM07:30

Workshop at Museum of Discovery

We're leading a one-day professional development workshop for collaborators of Museum of Discover in Little Rock Arkansas. It will be an exploration of art machines and programming paper circuits and a chance to have deep discussions about the implications of learning through tinkeing.

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STEAMConf2018 Barcelona
Apr
18
to Apr 21

STEAMConf2018 Barcelona

We're partnering with Christa Flores to lead a intensive tinkering workshop with a group of art, science and technology educators. Ryan will also give a presentation on "Tinkering and “Unplanned Learning” in the Classroom" at the conference

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Tinkerfest 2018
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Tinkerfest 2018

Join us for a pop-up stop motion animation workshop at Tinkerfest, a hands-on DIY celebration at Chabot Space and Science Center. We're excited to join many makers and tinkering from around the Bay Area at this inspiring event. 

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Learning Through Play Conference
Apr
5
9:30 AM09:30

Learning Through Play Conference

Ryan will join colleagues from the Lego Foundation to present about tinkering at the Learning through Play conference at Billund Library in Denmark. 

Here's the description of the workshop from the organizers. 

"The creator culture is popular in many years in many Danish libraries. And it is not without reason: the willingness of the MAKER movement to share knowledge, skills and ideas is in accordance with the public library's values.

The purpose of the conference is to dive into the essence of MAKING, its societal potential and the skills that the professional professionals must possess in an exploratory and experimental environment."

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Lighthouse & Lodestar School Maker Faire
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Lighthouse & Lodestar School Maker Faire

We'll be sharing a few of our recent experiments with micro-exhibits and computational tinkering with Lighthouse and Lodestar students at their School Maker Faire. 

Here's the description of the entire event:

At Lighthouse and Lodestar, we have a long tradition of recognizing and celebrating Making. To support our students as they finish their independent projects in different elective classes, we have set up a School Faire at our campus. Students will be facilitating hands-on activities with guests and will showcase their work in our Making, Programming and Robotics classes. This is also a day of celebration in honor of Cesar Chavez.

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WICO / Maker Lab Extreme
Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

WICO / Maker Lab Extreme

We'll be partnering with our friends at the Walnut Creek tinkering space, Maker Lab Extreme. Join us for an exploration of electricity, motions and mechanisms and the intersections between art science and technology.  We'll use a mix of familiar and unusual materials to create delightful contraptions that make beautiful patterns with light, paint and sound as they move and dance. 

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Art Machines at High Museum
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Art Machines at High Museum

Join us for a tinkering workshop at first Friday at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA highlighting the intersection of art and science. We’ll construct vibrating, jumping and spinning bots out of everyday materials that create beautiful patterns as they move around the space. At the end of the night we’ll display the collaborative artwork made by the little scribbling machines.  

 

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ASTC 2017 - Vending Machines, Tinkering Trucks, and Tweets
Oct
22
10:15 AM10:15

ASTC 2017 - Vending Machines, Tinkering Trucks, and Tweets

Description from the ASTC program website:

As making spaces pop-up in museums, new educational programs can result in entrepreneurial experiments, including tinkering trucks, vending machines, and websites. In this hand-on session, leaders from a variety of science centers big and small will share successes and failures for extending learning beyond the walls of the museum.

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