Tinkering School | Kids Out and About San Francisco

Tinkering School

360 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA , 94118
Phone: (415) 766-7647
37° 46' 53.7096" N, 122° 28' 2.5032" W
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We believe that kids are more capable than they know, and to prove it, we give them real tools to solve real problems. By learning through doing, we strive to make mistakes and learn from them, collaborate and make friends, and try harder than usual. With wood, with metal, with cardboard, and sometimes with paint, Tinkerers work with one another as well as our unique staff to team-design and team-create amazing projects.
Over 6 weeks you'll work closely with other Tinkerers to design and build unique big projects using the tools and materials in the our shop! You will learn to safely use drills, clamps and the chop saw and different ways to work with wood.

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Tinkering Home & After School Camps

School might not be the same this fall, but we can help your child MAKE the most of it! In addition to offering CUSTOM ONLINE CAMPS for SCHOOLS & PODS, we also have the following camps available: 

Mars Mission STEM After School Camp $315 for the series (with scholarships available)

TINKERING SCHOOL MARS MISSIONS is a groundbreaking new virtual after school camp experience for Tinkerers ages 10-15. They will remotely operate real-life “Burly” robots on our Mars site as they take on engineering challenges to save the astronauts heading towards Mars. Daily mission briefings and video transmissions prepare the young “Burlynauts” for genuine collaboration and practical problem-solving from their own homes. Scholarships available. https://www.tinkeringschool.com/mars

Build Big at Home Tinkering Camps Starting at $240 (scholarships available)

Come join us for some hands-on tinkering fun as we build with the best-selling Catalyst Kits as well as booster packs including LEDs and other electronics, cardboard and assorted crafting materials! Campers will have a chance to stretch their imagination and learn new skills as we tackle a bunch of exciting, open ended design challenges together.

Each session will have a new theme (it's always a surprise) and so we never know what projects our campers will dream up! Maybe a motorized ice-cream truck? A scorpion that launches cannon balls with its tail? Or maybe an arcade game complete with a working claw!

Our online camps have a maximum 1:6 staff to camper ratio. Every child receives lots of attention and support, and our camps provide genuine interactive collaboration and engagement.  https://www.tinkeringschool.com/catalyst


Digital Tinkering After School Camps Starting at $240 for the series (scholarships available)
Calling all coding curious and creative campers! Join us as we push the boundaries between science, art, technology and engineering!

Tinkerers will get an introduction to block based coding using BBC micro:bit as they construct and control a variety of weird, whimsical, and wonderful creations. Campers will have an opportunity to combine large-scale cardboard projects with electronics and robotics (LEDs, servo motors etc), as well as other crafting supplies.

Each week will have a new build theme (it's always a surprise) and who knows what projects campers might end up dreaming up and creating – a robotic dinosaur that roars when it senses light? Or a sword that glows when held high? The sky's the limit! https://www.tinkeringschool.com/digital-tinkering

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