Meet Rob Van Nood: TINKER CAMP & TINKER EDU
Rob van Nood is an Oregon licensed educator now working as a Educational Technologist at Catlin Gable School and Co-Founder of TINKER CAMP & TINKER EDU. He received his MAT from Lewis & Clark in 1995. Rob has always taken a fresh look at teaching, tinkering with ideas to make the learning experience more effective. On the first day of school a few years ago, for example, Rob's kids were presented with a completely empty classroom and were instructed to help him design the space. The idea was that if kids had control of their space, they would be more willing to work within it. This out-of-the-box thinking is Rob's signature, and it's his pursuit of teaching through the use of narrative that makes Tinker Camp such a unique experience. www.tinkercamp.org
As schools, libraries and community centers become hotbeds for maker spaces, fablabs and tinkering zones, there is a real need to train and support the those who are delivering programs from those spaces. Your partners at Tinker Camp know that it is not enough to buy a 3D printer or soldering iron. There must be skilled mentors and a well thought-out curricular program behind it all, guiding decisions and implementation. It is essential that strong programming and curricular design is developed right alongside creative and cutting edge spaces.
The folks at TINKER EDU provide individuals, schools and organizations custom coaching options for training, developmental support, and educational strategies. Their expertise is not just theoretical because they practice in TINKER camps and community enrichment programs. With over 30 years of combined classroom experience in pre-k through post-secondary environments, the Tinker EDU have a clear understanding of the needs and pressures that you experience every day. Their workshops are designed to inspire you and to provide real skills, ideas and strategies so you can easily make tinkering and making possible in any classroom or learning environment. These workshops provide a mixture of hands-on experiences, instruction and philosophical background, along with tools, materials and support. And whether your program is in a library, community center or school, your TINKER consultant-educator will be there to provide ongoing coaching.
Summer is About Flaming Chickens, Cardboard and More!
Every summer, we have the wonderful opportunity of presenting, training and discovering some amazing STEM learning happening all over the country! Before the official day of summer begins, we want to post some of our favorite things for you to check out! Have fun and stay inspired!