Audio Review #98 | Tinkerbox is a Makerspace in App Form

Overview

There’s been a lot of talk about makerspaces, but the problem with makerspaces is that they require space, and sometimes you just don’t have that.  Although an app will never replace an actual maker space, TinkerBox does a pretty good job.  To quote their website, “If you can imagine it, you can built it with TinkerBox.”  The app includes different modes and in the free play mode you can use pulleys, levers, and more to create machines and learn some basic physics concepts.  There is also a series of puzzles that you can work to solve that will give you ideas for some of the things you could build and create using the app. Click HERE to see a video that gives you a better idea of how TinkerBox works.

Concerns

As I alluded to above, this isn’t a replacement for the real things.  Students should still have the opportunity to tinker with real life objects but this app is still a great place to get their creative juices going.

Sample Uses

If you teach a physics unit or class this is an easy integration.  It’s also good for any engineering classes and honestly any place you would consider bringing in a makerspace

Do I plan to use it?

I’ve used it in 2 different units now and it really pushes student thinking.

Commitment and Learning Curve

Low for the teacher, but the students will find this challenging!

Best for ES MS or HS?  

All levels can get excited about this.

Cost  

Free!

Website Link:

iTunes Link- https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/tinkerbox-hd/id415722219?mt=8

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