MAKING AND TINKERING IN THE PYP
Robert Zook & Khushnuma Ferzandi
“One thing we’ve seen is that the best learning experiences come when
people are actively engaged in designing things, creating things, and
inventing things - expressing themselves.” - Mitch Resnick
Making and Tinkering provides a powerful way to inspire students'
interest, engagement, and understanding of the world around them.
Making and Tinkering is a practice through which content and concepts
can be interwoven across disciplines in a way that leads to complex
projects and individualized learning opportunities.
“Making is a way of bringing creativity, authentic design thinking,
and engineering to learners. Tinkering is the process of design,
the way real scientists and engineers invent new things. Such
concrete experiences provide a meaningful context for
understanding abstract science and math concepts while often
incorporating esthetic components. Creating opportunities for
students to solve real problems, combined with imaginative new
materials and technology, makes learning come alive and
cements understandings that are difficult when only studied in
the abstract.” (Sylvia Martinez – “Why we’re excited about the
Maker Movement, maybe you should be too!”) Link:
In this chapter, we will review the ways in which Making and Tinkering
were integrated into the PYP unit under “How the World Works” through
providing opportunities to deepen engagement, intentionality,
innovation, collaboration, and understanding in learning the science
concepts of energy and sustainability.