Tinkering School

come make amazing things with us

Our Philosophy

We operate from a few basic assumptions:

Kids are more capable than they know.


The use of real tools to tackle real problems creates a unique atmosphere of trust and responsibility. From six-year-olds to highschoolers, we empower our tinkerers with tools, autonomy and space. Big responsibilities build competency and leave lasting memories.

The freedom to fail is essential.

Every project has setbacks and often ours happen to be spectacular. If it goes right the first time, you’re just learning how to follow instructions. A failure-positive atmosphere allows children to play in the face of adversity.

It can be done bigger and bolder.

When we make abstract art, we do it by dropping paint-filled balloons from the rafters in our ceilings onto a bed of nails or laying down a 10ft by 30ft piece of photo scrym and dancing on it. When we build, we create 10 feet of rollercoaster track with a self-aligning cart or 25ft towers that let us touch the ceiling of the school. Every week of summer is different and each after school session is new. We can promise this: we make big art, we build big things and we go amazing places.

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