Unstructured Studio, is a not-for-profit organization. Our work is inspired by Mitchel Resnick's four guiding principles (4P's) of Creative Learning: Projects, Peers, Passion, and Play and based on research at MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten.
We believe that a "tinkering mindset" is important for today's youth. Tinkering helps inculcate the essential 21st-century skills (4Cs: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking) they need to thrive in this ever-changing world. Therefore, we endeavor to sow seeds of tinkering in young minds, ensure they have equitable access to resources, and empower them to become creative and responsible problem solvers of the future.
Our mission is to foster a “tinkering mindset” in children from under-resourced communities. We design and develop learning technologies, activities and resources to engage children in STEAM-rich tinkering experiences.
When kids develop a tinkering mindset, their approach to learning and problem solving changes. They adopt the following qualities.
Our work is based on MIT's extensive research on designing for tinkerability and documentation platforms supporting young makers. To enable a vast majority of kids in under-served communities to participate seamlessly in the tinkering process, we are developing:
- A repository of low-cost making & tinkering activities.
- Tinkering and facilitation capacity-building workshops for children and educators.
- A documentation tool to help children document their tinkering projects with guided instructions.
- A collaboration platform that allows kids to share their tinkering projects with peers, celebrate one another's work, and have learning exchanges (in progress)
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