“Tinkering is a way of understanding difficult problems, of wrapping our heads around them and quantifying the unknowns.”
-Gever Tulley

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
-e. e. cummings

“Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.”
-Edith Widder

“I can talk to anybody but when it comes to somebody that I like, then I turn into like this five-year-old kindergartener in a sandbox.”
-Jonathan Bennett

The Sandbox at the Open Bench Project

• Lego Robotics
• Duct Tape
• Cardboard
• Hot Glue Guns
• Mini Drill Press
• Introductory Electronics Supplies
• Alligator clips
• Wires
• Batteries
• Lightbulbs
• Sewing kits
• Conductive Thread
• Yarn
• Pulleys
• Wire and wire cutters
• Miscellaneous Fasteners
• Nuts and Bolts
• Markers and Paint


• Penny Battery
• Small Wind Turbine
• Rube Goldburg Machine
• Stop Motion Video
• Toy Take Apart
• Circuit Boards
• Lego Robot
• Cardboard Robots
• Scribbling Machines
• Sewn Circuits
• 3D VR googles
• Light Sabers
• Toothbrush Bots
• Pin Wheels
• Model Cars
• Powered Paper Airplanes
• Wearable Electronics
• ???????

Jeff Levine, Member of the Open Bench Project

“At OBP, Aidan is able to do things he can’t do anywhere else. Every kid who likes to make stuff should have a makers’ space like OBP to play and learn in.”
-Jeff Levine

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