‘Tinkering: Contemporary Education for Innovators of Tomorrow’ (‘Tinkering EU’) is a strategic partnership funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (2014-1-IT-02-KA200-003510).

It aims to implement Tinkering as an innovative pedagogy at European level by creating a Europe-wide community of practitioners and encouraging exchange of expertise and practice between formal and informal learning institutions.

The project introduces Tinkering in the European context for the first time, inspired by the USA-based experience of the Exploratorium of San Francisco. It specifically aims to:

  • enrich skills and competences in STEM and contribute to developing the 21st century skills
  • promote a learner-centred pedagogical approach through Tinkering
  • improve the attractiveness of, attainment in, and lifelong relationship with, science and technology for adults and students
  • implement the innovative pedagogy of Tinkering in school and out-of-school contexts at European level
  • create a Europe-wide community of practice working with this pedagogy
  • encourage exchange of expertise and practice between formal and informal learning institutions and professionals.

To achieve the above objectives, the project plans to

  • devise and propose original education activities and resources for the development of the 21st century skills
  • use Tinkering as an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach in which science and technology fields are embedded in a project-based, situated and highly motivational and creative activity
  • use the Tinkering pedagogy to enrich the fields of formal and informal learning and to build competences useful for professional orientation.

‘Tinkering EU’ primarily addresses:
a) school educators and their learners (secondary school students from 12 to 18 years)
b) adults as both educators and learners.

The specific activities developed by the Tinkering in EU project in the three years are the following:

  • Tinkering activities for adult learners and schools
  • Pedagogical materials related to the Tinkering activities
  • Methodological framework for Tinkering as a founding element of the work
  • Training workshops for adult and school educators
  • ‘Multiplier events’ for the wide dissemination of the activities
  • Communication and dissemination at local, national and European level