Ever wonder how inventors come up with crazy new ways to make our lives easier, faster or even healthier?  Engineering. It’s not just about creating robots or twisting away at gears. Engineering is simply about using different materials to hack life’s smallest to largest problems.

DARE – 30 Days

Gear-Up & Invent Your First Gadget

Brainstorm

Get together with some friends and a notebook! Think about daily tasks that could be a lot easier or way more fun with little tweaks!

* Go big and make a list of problems in our world that you wish you could fix.

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Make Choices

Swap notes with your squad, parents or teachers and narrow down your ideas to just a couple to start hacking.

Toolkit

Gather materials you have around your house, duct tape, funnels, water bottles, cardboard, glue gun etc.. be resourceful!

Make sure you capitalize on idea generated fresh adrenaline and motivation.  Limit yourself to start and finish your invention(s) in just a week, 2, or the full month. Create a start and an end date.

TinkingTechy-InstagramShare Your Creations

Take a picture of your project and post it to Instagram using #TinkingTechyDaredMe and we’ll repost!

Need Ideas? See This Month’s Tutorials:

Paper Fortune Teller

How It Works: Paper Fortune Teller's are a simple one-sheet Origami project. After a series of folds, fancy artwork and Q & A options you have a fun instant game for you and your friends. Based on certain questions or choices the "Fortune Teller" gets opened and...

DIY Code Bracelets

Learn how to make secret code bracelets your whole squad will love! What's the big deal with coding? Teachers, programmers and start-up owners are all ranting and raving about the importance of learning Code but what really is "Code" and why's it so dang important for...

How To Make Slime!

The Goo That Keeps Gooing It looks awesome, feels gooey and we all get mesmerized by its ability to stretch, gather, stick. We made some amaze goo at our live camp this summer and though it's a simple mix it was one of our biggest hits. Below is TinkingTechy's formula...

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What’s In A TinkingTechy Dare

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is the process many inventors and innovators use to figure out how to go from idea to launch. Whether you’re planning to create a product, digital program or hands-on game. It’s important to consider several ideas, sketch how these might work, look and feel and eventually tinker with a live version of your idea.

Every TinkingTechy Dare is centered around the Design Thinking process. To inspire girls to think of the possibilities beyond traditional crafts, art projects or coding lessons.

Time-Limits

In true Start-Up fashion TinkingTechy’s ‘Dares’ are modeled after Hackathons. Typically, designers, programmers and engineers gather to bring to life creative ideas or solve problems collaboratively. Hackathons usually happen over the course of a few days or a weekend to promote a highly creative and “get it launched” energy.

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