Toledo Tinkers: Through a Child's Eyes
This program supports the development of a mobile tinkering outreach program. The curriculum is designed to help children ages 11-13 and their families establish personal connections with making and tinkering. Making and tinkering activities engage students in hands-on, open-ended skill building projects that encourage innovative thinking and problem solving. They are powerful tools for engaging children and families with STEM education and its inquiry-based learning methods. Toledo Tinkers: Through a Child’s Eyes strengthens partnerships with organizations serving children in our community and deepens the science center’s capacity to serve individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Enhance access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning opportunities by determining and addressing cultural and socioeconomic barriers to informal learning in science education.
- Develop and deliver a mobile tinkering lab and curricula to expand community access to transformative and innovative STEM learning opportunities.
- Create a community narrative exhibition showcasing the diversity of our community and Toledo's rich history of making and tinkering.
- Develop a framework for the implementation of a community-specific model of inclusive making and tinkering.
Enjoy interactive science and engineering with a spark of creativity during Imagination Station's Tinkering Takeover. Get excited about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) with hands-on activities exploring circuits, coding, fabrication and more!
Maker Club is an opportunity for middle school youth to flex their engineering design muscles by incorporating practices of making and tinkering. During 10-12 week afterschool sessions at community centers and other sites in the area, Maker Club places value on past knowledge and lived experiences of Northwest Ohio's youth.
Imagination Station is proud to bring Maker Clubs to Boys and Girls Clubs, the Wayman Palmer YMCA, East Toledo Family Center, Escuela SMART Academy and more.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant #MA-245768-OMS-20) and is presented in partnership with Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Northwest State Community College. Additionally, this project is supported by the Stranahan Foundation, General Motors Corporate Giving, KeyBank Foundation, Toledo Rotary Club Foundation through the Greater Toledo Community Foundation, the Elsie and Harry Baumker Charitable Foundation and the City of Toledo Department of Parks and Youth Services