If you’ve been following our series of blog posts about the Project Zero tinkering table, you’ll know that for months we’ve encouraged Project Zero researchers to think with their hands by accessing the materials we’ve laid out for them at PZ’s office in Cambridge, MA. This week presented us with the unique opportunity to share our tinkering table with a larger audience at the Project Zero Future of Learning institute #hgsepzfol. With over 200 participants and 40 faculty members from around the world, “FOL” has served as an exciting venue to learn more about how working with tactile materials helps people articulate complex ideas and flesh out their thinking.
While participants eagerly listened to the opening plenary session on Monday morning, Edward and I “craft-bombed” a series of tables outside of Askwith Hall at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When participants emerged from the opening session, a bounty of tactile materials awaited their imaginations. Some folks jumped right in, cutting, taping, creating. Others took materials home with them and tinkered late into the night after the long day of courses and learning groups. Others still brought our materials to their learning group sessions where they engaged in tinkering activities with their colleagues as they collaboratively made sense of their experiences. Each day we found new whimsical treasures added to the tinkering gallery. Below is a brief view into the Future of Learning tinkering table. All very cool stuff!