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Charter and Home Schools

Tinker Club proudly supports individual learners, homeschoolers, and charter schools. Our curriculum is carefully designed to align with California Common Core State Standards and California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Our program is different from other STEM educators. We explain complicated scientific concepts in understandable language for young learners, rather than skipping over the challenging parts. Additionally, Tinker Club offers a unique approach to integrating multiple STEM components into a single project-based course. Students will often utilize multiple technologies to complete projects such as 3D design, coding, robotics, and hands-on STEM. 

Charter Funds

We accept Charter Funds as payment for this program and would love to partner with Charter Schools and Learning Pods

Approved educator at Charter Schools 
iLEAD Exploration Personalized Learning for the
21st Century
Blue Ridge Academy
Sage Oak charter Schools
IEM Schools: Ocean Grove, Sky mountain, Sounth Sutter

Tinker Club (Ages 4 to 6)

Tinker Club STEM classes are completely hands-on and very engaging for students. For this age group, basic concepts of physics, weather, and geography are covered, while focusing on developing the explanatory language skills of the students. Students learn concepts through building and testing projects. Learners utilize fine motor skills and gradually shift from learning facts about science to the practice of science. 

NGSS Curriculum Followed:

  • K-2-ETS1 Engineering Design

  • SEP1 Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • SEP3 Planning and Carrying out Investigation

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Tinker Club (Ages 7 to 10)

In this 100% hands-on course, students work in groups to draw out their engineering design after brainstorming and gathering facts and data. The students choose either Lego robotics or coding with Scratch classes. Both are followed by hands-on science classes. The topics are different in each session; however, students are taught to follow a scientific approach in their decisions to solve problems. The second half of the class is learning coding from scratch. 

NGSS Curriculum Followed:

  • K-2-ETS1 Engineering Design

  • 3-5-ETS1 Engineering Design

  • 4-PS3 Energy

Tinker Club (Ages 7 to 10)

Due to the more advanced level of this course, only students with coding experience may join this course. It is a project-based learning class, integrating coding, 3D design, hands-on STEM, and robotics in a single project. The length of each project varies but usually students require one or two full sessions for each project. A sample project completed here is the automated desk fan. Students design a stand for their fan then program a controller for the motor and LEDs to design a safe fan. They must code the fan to automatically turn on when the temperature is above a certain degree.

NGSS Curriculum Followed:

  • K-2-ETS1 Engineering Design

  • 3-5-ETS1 Engineering Design

  • 4-PS3 Energy

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