about Tinker Crate

When we were first designing Tinker Crate, one of our advisors - a retired Professor of Science Education at Stanford University - challenged us to think about what STEM really means, beyond just "Science, Technology, Engineering and Math".

Our response was that STEM is a key to creative problem solving, a foundation for critical thinkers, and a pipeline to innovation. Our mission in creating Tinker Crate is to help kids gain these crucial skills through hands-on activities that are also seriously fun.

The design of Tinker Crate reflects this. We're not just another science kit. We create "low threshold, high ceiling" projects, so they're accessible and fun for all types of learners. This means we make sure it's easy for kids to dive into the activity and get excited about it, without getting bogged down in technical terms. Once they're hooked, we provide lots of possibilities for kids to tinker and try at their own level of engagement.

Our goal for our projects is to help Tinker Crate kids to build their problem solving skills and to gain the CONFIDENCE and CURIOSITY to tackle problems where there's no one right answer. We want to inspire kids to see themselves as creators and makers, not just consumers.

We can’t wait to see all of the light bulb “AHA” moments of discovery and understanding.

Sandra

Founder & CEO, Engineer, Mother of 2

and the Tinker Crate Team

Our Design Process

Our Design Process

Reviewed by experts. Tested by kids.

Our educational experts review our projects to ensure they’re scientifically accurate and enriching.

Our test crew of kids make sure the projects are engaging, fun, and universally appealing.

Our Design Principles

Tinker Crate inspires kids to

  • See themselves as makers and creators
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Gain the confidence to experiment, tinker, and try
  • Get excited about science and engineering
  • Approach learning with creativity and curiosity