June 4th, 2010

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Tinkering School

The Tinkering School offers an exploratory curriculum designed to help kids – ages 8 to 17 – learn how to build things. By providing a collaborative environment in which to explore basic and advanced building techniques and principles, we strive to create a school where we all learn by fooling around. All activities are hands-on, supervised, and at least partly improvisational.

Grand schemes, wild ideas, crazy notions, and intuitive leaps of imagination are, of course, encouraged and fertilized.

Details
Tinkering School is still primarily a sleepover summer camp. See our FAQ for more information.

We are starting to expand the program, with sessions at Maker Faire and expansion of our website. Stay tuned for more.

Bio
Tinkering School is taught primarily by me, Gever Tulley, aided of course by my indispensable wife Julie Spiegler and the inimitable Robyn Orr. By trade, I am a Senior Computer Scientist, writer, and practicing sculptor. Julie is professional Playground Monitor (and we both teach paragliding at the Advanced Paragliding School), and Robyn’s secret identity is still kept secret but she only uses her super-organizational skills for good and the Tinkering School.

I started the Tinkering School because it’s the kind of thing I would like to have been able to go to myself.

Tinkering camp would be cool for adults too!

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Home addition features a floor alive with plants

"When she added on to her home, Jeri Rutherford found a way to go green — literally.

A 170-square-foot dining-room addition has helped cut her power bills by as much as 20 percent. And it brought a lush, if small, island of tropical greenery to her home overlooking the Snake River near Marsing.

"I love the tropics and the fern grottos of the California redwood forest," she said. "I know I can't be there all the time, so I wondered how I could bring those places into my home."

The result is a living floor and wall with plants that clean the air and — paired with a whole-house fan and a heat well that releases hot air through a skylight — help cool the entire house."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/homegarden/2008474083_livingfloor06.html

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Living Moss Carpet Adds a Touch of Green to Your Bathroom

Sustainable Decorations, Moss Carpet, Nguyen La Chanh, Sustainable Interiors, green design, living design, moss bathroom mat, water recycling, sustainable design

There’s nothing like the feeling of fresh cut grass under the toes, especially when stepping out of the shower. This Moss Carpet by Nguyen La Chanh brings the outside indoors in an unconventionally natural way by placing it underfoot. The lush green lawn thrives in humid environments, which makes your bathroom a perfect place to grow.

Sustainable Decorations, Moss Carpet, Nguyen La Chanh, Sustainable Interiors, green design, living design, moss bathroom mat, water recycling, sustainable design

Chanh’s ingenious design is made from a decay-free foam called plastazote, and populated with three varieties of moss: ball, island, and forest. Maintenance required for this little patch of green is limited, as the moss thrives off of the humidity released from daily bathroom rituals. Who knew taking a shower could provide for such efficient multi-tasking, growing a little extra dose of green to start your morning or end your day.

+ Nguyen La Chanh

Via Yanko Design


"There’s nothing like the feeling of fresh cut grass under the toes, especially when stepping out of the shower. This Moss Carpet by Nguyen La Chanh brings the outside indoors in an unconventionally natural way by placing it underfoot. The lush green lawn thrives in humid environments, which makes your bathroom a perfect place to grow.

Chanh’s ingenious design is made from a decay-free foam called plastazote, and populated with three varieties of moss: ball, island, and forest.

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