Tinkering EU


Tinkering EU: Building Science Capital for All

funded by Erasmus +

“Tinkering EU: Building Science Capital for All” is a European program with international collaborations, which uses the innovative “Tinkering” educational approach to develop 21st century skills. and the Science Chapter for young people from disadvantaged social groups.

“Tinkering” is an innovative educational approach introduced by the Exploratorium in San Francisco. It promotes the construction of knowledge in the context of making personal artefacts and gives the opportunity to the participants to “think with their hands”, in order to understand and develop skills useful for their whole life. The Science Chapter draws on Pierre Bourdieu’s work and summarizes the various influences that a young person’s experiences may have on his or her scientific identity and participation in science-related activities. It offers a different perspective on education and science and is a powerful tool for developing active citizenship, employment and social participation.

The European program “Tinkering” is addressed to students from 8 to 14 years old (Elementary and High School), teachers and museum staff, with the following activities:
• “Tinkering” actions in museums and then work in the classroom.
• A series of seminars for teachers and museum staff.
• An electronic version, which will analyze the relationship between “Tinkering” and the Science Chapter.
• A reflection tool for teachers to consider the impact of this project on their work.
• Various communication actions at local, national and European level.
• A European community with practices that will focus on the use of “Tinkering” and the Science Chapter.

The program is a continuation of ‘Tinkering: Contemporary Education for the Innovators of Tomorrow’, funded by the first Erasmus +, which implemented Tinkering’s innovative educational approach at European level, with activities and resources for adults and educators, in standard and informal educators.

National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci – Italy – coordinator
• University of Cambridge – United Kingdom
• NEMO Science Museum – Netherlands
• Science Gallery Dublin – Ireland
• CosmoCaixa – Spain
• Science Center Network – Austria
• NOESIS – Greece
The Tinkering Studio of the Exploratorium in San Francisco participates in a consulting role in the project.

Elisabeth Constantinou
Responsible for Communication and Promotion
6th km Thessaloniki- Thermi, 57001 Thermi, Greece
Email: konstantinou@noesis.edu.gr
Tel: +30 2310 483 000, ext. 105
Fax: +30 2310 483 020