There’s a new after-school club at Seashore Learning Center on Padre Island called the Tinkering Club.
Kristen Miller, a parent-volunteer who introduced the club to the school said it is designed to help students build their technological skills.
“We get broken appliances and small electronics and the kids come in and take them apart,” Miller said.
The students range from kindergarten through second grade. They are encouraged to take broken appliances and tinker with them.
The possibilities, Miller says, are endless.
“It’s really neat to see the things they come up with and the things they construct,” she said.
Some students enjoy the club because they say it’s already preparing them for a potential future career like an engineer or building spacecraft for NASA.
And other students enjoy using their imaginations to create dragons and robots.
Miller says she encourages the students learn responsibility and team building.
“It’s been really fun to see them take things apart and then create something and to see where their imagination can go when they’re not prompted by anything,” Miller said. “It’s just their imagination and their creativity.”
The Tinkering Club is always in need of smaller broken appliances or materials like duct tape.
If you would like to donate, you can drop off these items at their main office located on the Island at 15801 S Padre Island Drive.