DIY Science Explorer Kits FAQs

  • What is Tinker Thinker - Schools?

    Tinker Thinkers is an outreach program of the Children's Museum of Sonoma County. Tinker Thinkers travels to schools and libraries to teach about science concepts and invite exploration.

  • Does the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County provide assemblies to schools?

    Unfortunately, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County does not give assemblies to large groups of students. Our focus on hands-on exploration is better suited for one class of students at a time.

  • What can I expect during a visit from Tinker Thinkers to my classroom?

    During a visit to a classroom, our professional educators set-up and facilitate a one hour program in your classroom. Our educators can teach up to three classes consecutively in a day. During each class session, students will watch and participate in a 20-minute presentation. During the next 30 minutes, students will apply what they learned as they explore our hands-on activities. Museum educators will wrap up your class session with a 10-minute final demonstration and class reflection.

  • What can I expect during a visit from Tinker Thinkers to my library?

    A Tinker Thinkers visit to libraries is much like a school visit. Educators adjust their lesson's complexity and length to meet the needs of their audience and leave plenty of time for play.

  • How many classes can you see during a visit to schools?

    During a one-day visit, we can see 3 classes.

  • Are the Tinker Thinkers programs standards-aligned?

    Yes, each of the Tinker Thinkers programs are designed with several of the Next Generation Science Standards in mind and encourage students to make meaning out of the science phenomena that they observe.

  • Does a school hosting Tinker Thinkers need to provide volunteers?

    No, Museum staff is responsible for all of the set-up and break-down of exhibits. Parents are always welcome to attend, but volunteers are not necessary.

  • What type of space is suitable for a Tinker Thinkers visit?

    Your classroom or school library will work just fine. Tinker Thinkers is designed to go right into the classroom for easy planning and program facilitation.

  • What days of the week are Tinker Thinkers available for visits?

    We visit schools and libraries most weekdays, scheduling is always dependent on availability.

  • Who can I contact with more questions?

    Please email schoolprograms@cmosc.org and we will be happy to answer any lingering questions.

Please contact our School and Community Programs Coordinator with additional questions at schoolprograms@cmosc.org or call 707-546-4069 x113.