Making & Tinkering Institute

spectrUM and our partners just launched an exciting new initiative to inspire K-12 learners in the Bitterroot about tech, making, and entrepreneurship. At our kickoff Making and Tinkering Institute, teachers and principals from Corvallis Middle School and Hamilton’s Daly Elementary joined guest experts Thai Chang (Science Museum of Minnesota), Lisa Blank (College of Education & Human Sciences – University of Montana), and the staff of the Bitterroot FabLab for two days of learning, building, and creative problem-solving.

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Featured activities includedcircuit blocks, propeller-powered zipline racerssquishy circuits, and 3D CAD design.

spectrUM’s museum manager Nick Wethington will co-facilitate these activities with teachers in their in 5th grade classrooms at Daly Elementary in Hamilton and Corvallis Middle School. The project will culminate in a Community Maker Faire that will engage the whole community with making and tinkering.

Many thanks to the Stock Farm Club and the Bitterroot FabLab for hosting us, and to the Martin Family Foundation for powering this initiative.

We will have reports from the field posted here on a regular basis, so stay tuned!


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