Project

Status & Outputs

What does tinker mean?

Verb: to make small changes to something, especially in an attempt to repair or improve it

Noun: especially in the past, a person who travelled from place to place, repairing pans or other metal containers

(Cambridge Dictionary)

Impression of a Tinker by Franz Feyerabend 1790,
Credits: Kevin Carter http://siftingthepast.com/

project progress

How far have we gone?

The project was officially launched in November 2022 with a duration of 26 months (until December 2024).

The circle depicts our monthly progress

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May 2024 (M19)

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Deliverables

The expected outputs of TINK@School will be gradually added in this list as the project evolves. Join our mailing list to be updated when a new output is uploaded.

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A2.5 Tinkering Training for Partners

The three day long training was convened during the first months of the project, in order for all partners to feel competend with tinkering. Read more.

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Project Leaflet

Find the project two-page leaflet in Dutch, English, Icelandic, Italian, and Greek language (PDF file).

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A3.1 Methodology toolkit

A toolkit for developing Tinkering activities with a focus on sustainability has been prepared. This aims to support teachers of both sides (either tinkers, or sustainability teachers) find meaningful links betwen these two. Access the toolkit in the following languages: English, Greek, Dutch & Italian. (PDF files) 

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Facilitators' Guide

Before implementing the Learning Activities with your learners, please consult this guide, that includes tips and tricks (general as well as specific for each activity) a glossary of terms and more resources . The Guide is available in English, Italian, Greek, Dutch and Icelandic language (PDF Files).

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Learning Activities

A main output of TINK@School is the 11 Learning Activities that link the tinkering methodology with sustainability. These can be implemented in class and other settings, either autonomously or in various combinations. Take a look ! 

Tinkering a Scarecrow

In this activity, we build evnironmental friendly bird scarers using recycled materials collected by the students and a few essential materials provided by the teacher. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Tinkering a Sustainability Calendar

In this activity students create a sustainability calendar, promoting concepts such saving water and energy, reusing, repurposing and recycling staff, green transport, green food systems, etc. Days such as Earth Day or World Water Day, can be infused to motivate learners. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Balancing Sculpture with Waste

In this activity, we create a balancing sculpture from reusable resources, packages, waste from home (e.g. plastic, paper, metal, wood, fabric, glass), as well as natural materials like small stones, branches, pine cones, straw, shells, etc. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Old Toys to New Toys

In this activity we tinker with old or broken toys and marterials form the recycling bin, in order to create a new toy, or sculpture or a movable device to play with. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Tinker a Kinetic Sign on Sustainabilty

By creating a changing action sign made with recycled cardboard, students learn to engage with sustainability and think about how to properly communicate their own messages on this topic in a playful, crerative or humorous way. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Tinker a Rain Collector

In this activity we build a rain collector using recycled materials previously gathered by the students themselves. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Scarecrow with Solar Panels

This activity is linked to the “Scarecrows Artwork”. Starting from a discussion on Renewable Energies, learners are invited to design a scarecrow that moves with power from the sun. Engineering mechanisms are explored, in order to make the scarecrow move by solar power. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Save the planet bag

In this activity learners tinker a unique bag that encourages others to take sustainable actions. For example, the bag can be used to collect recyclables, encourage reuse, pick up litter, or as an item to transmit a green motto. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Stop Motion for Sustainability

In this activity the goal is to make a stop motion on a theme related to sustainability. It could be climate change, poverty, food waste, consumption, generation of trash, etc. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Shadow art with (marine) litter

Using a pile of different sorts of waste from the recycling bin or collected during a clean-up event, in this activity we tinker with flashlights and surfaces to create a “Shadow Art Piece” that tells a story about sustainability. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)

Tinkering Sustainable Decorations

In this activity learners create sustainable festive decorations for an upcoming holiday, festival, celebration or a party. Download the Activity in English, Italian, Greek, Icelandic, Dutch. (PDF files)