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New Tinkering program takes STEM Education on the road


TOLEDO, Oct. 8, 2021: Imagination Station is taking one of its most popular experiences out of the building and into the community—Toledo Tinkers: Through a Child’s Eyes supports the development of an outreach curriculum delivered using a mobile tinkering lab that will help kids ages 11-13 and their families establish personal connections with making and tinkering.


Through activities like sphero robots, linkages, rigamajigs and more, students will learn skill-building, innovative thinking and problem-solving skills, with expert guidance from Toledo’s Science Center.


“Making and tinkering are powerful tools for engaging children and families with STEM education,” Sloan Eberly Mann, education director at Imagination Station said. “This type of learning has been proven to uniquely position individuals to be competitive in an increasingly technological economy.”


According to the Center, Toledo Tinkers strengthens partnerships with organizations serving children in the community and deepens the science center’s capacity to serve individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Imagination Station believes that every child should have access to informal STEM education and is working with the Boys and Girls Club of Toledo, Adelante, Water for Ishmael, Northwest State Community College, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the University of Toledo to reach as many students as possible. 


“This program goes beyond traditional, informal STEM education by striving to increase interest and capacity through learning opportunities that encourage children to not only consider how STEM relates to their lives but also how they can use STEM to improve their communities,” Dr. Karie Peralta, Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Toledo said. “We hope that participants will feel empowered by experiencing how they can solve real-world problems by applying their STEM skills and knowledge.”




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