Kami runs Austin Tinkering School. After running a preschool as well as teaching art, science, nature, and carpentry classes, she saw Gever Tulley’s TED talk, 5 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) and realized that Austin needed a tinkering school, stat. Gever Tulley came to visit Austin and he agreed. Now she, also, has had the pleasure of putting power tools in the hands of second graders, and has loved every minute of it.
Greg Wenderski is the middle school science teacher at the Khabele School in downtown Austin. He is also a prolific maker, and has built catapults, crossbows, fighting robots, and child-sized tandem bicycles with his students. Once when his students studied the ancient Greeks and were fascinated by metallurgy, he built a casting forge and began casting aluminum swords with them. Inspired by biking thousands of miles as a bicycle tourist, he also loves to build unique human powered machines of all sorts. One of his Tinkering School projects, a paddle boat made of recycled materials, is featured on Instructables.com
With a degree in Woodcarving and Gilding from City and Guilds of London Art School, Kat is a trained woodworker and sculptor. She recently opened an art and nature-based preschool named Community Mud. Kat was the previous art teacher at Austin Discovery School, where she managed a choice-based art education program that empowered children to make choices as student artists. She collaborated with the Austin Tinkering School in 2014 to provide her students with a nerdy derby project and fell in love with tinkering! Artists such as Anish Kapoor, Andy Goldsworthy, and Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam (amazing hand-knitted playgrounds) inspire her creative work and teaching.
Vera is a painter and a budding tinkerer. She taught kids ceramics, painting, drawing, and collage making both in her hometown in Indiana and in Philadelphia for years. Vera looks forward to teaching art to Austin’s tinkerers!