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STEM: Why we should do more tinkering

How can we foster creativity, open-mindedness and resourcefulness while still working towards key academic outcomes. The Royal Academy of Engineering says the answer is to tinker. Rhys Morgan explains

“Play – play – and play some more! Trust in staff that they will drive toward high standards – it’s what they do best, they have ingrained senses to do the right thing by children. But they need to be fascinated too – they need time to experiment – talk and ‘play’ with ideas together.”
Nichola Potts, headteacher, Christ the King RC Primary School, Salford

It is no secret that children are naturally curious – in fact they are natural engineers. They aren’t afraid to use their hands, smash things together and break rules. They are continuously testing, exploring and experimenting with the world around them. So it seems a lost opportunity when our education system doesn’t play to their inherent strengths.

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