Tinkering School @ Burchfield Penney this August!!!

Hello Tinkering School Families,


Tinkering School Buffalo is holding two four-day camps at Burchfield Penney Art Center for ages 4-8 this summer.
Our dates to build are August 4th-August 7th and August 11th-14th. Our camp will go from 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Tuition is $150 and registration is through Burchfield Penney Art Center. Call Joseph Lonzi at 716-878-3215 or email lonzip@buffalostate.edu to register. Space is limited – please register early.

Tinkerers should bring a bagged lunch, and we will provide healthy snacks throughout the day. Our builds will include: pinball machines, marshmallow shooters, and a playground build, we will introduce proper tool use and care throughout the week.




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Pop Up Adventure Play

In early April  the U.K. based program Pop Up Adventure Play will be coming to Buffalo, NY. This is a huge deal for our town. Pop Up Adventure Play is an international program that advocates play. Please join us as we celebrate their arrival. A lecture will be held at Burchfield Penney Art Center one night, then the next morning a free Pop Up Adventure Play day at Burchfield Penney. How great is that?!

More details will come soon. Until then, stay warm and keep playing.





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Tinkering School

Tinkering School Buffalo is now in its third year of summer workshops. Our school is one of the first national extensions of Gever Tulley’s highly regarded experiential learning program http://www.tinkeringschool.com/.

The Tinkering School approach uses open-ended building projects to build children’s creative thinking and problem-solving skills and, by giving them the freedom to fail, helps show them that education is a journey, not a destination.

When given time and the chance to try something new, young people can do amazing things. We encourage them to take chances with their work, and teach them that they can learn as much (if not more) from their failures as they can from their successes.

Our projects can be big (think playground climbing wall) to small, like miniature robots for example. Campers work on their own and in teams. We encourage everyone to take their time, make mistakes, and get to know each other. Typically our team size is 3-4 kids, with one adult collaborator to help out when needed.


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