Whenever we facilitate activities for our visitors, we thrive to support the kind of learning we describe in our Tinkering Learning dimensions framework. We often reflect on the drop-in workshops we do day to day in the tinkering studio with a specific aspect of the LDs in mind. One of the qualities I value a great deal in tinkering activities is that learners are encouraged to work without a blueprint whenever possible. I think that this process of “inventing” instead of copying fosters a deeper understanding of the topic at hand.
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