You can hear the clattering and buzzing down the hallway of South View Middle School when ‘Tinker Tuesdays’ is in session. In one of the most popular options offered as a middle school after school program, students meetevery Tuesday in science teacher Dan Geere’s classroom, turned makeshift workshop wonderland, to tinker. In the spirit of discovery and experimentation, kids get to build and create (or even destroy) anything they dream up, using parts ranging from a 2 x 4 wood block to an old broken fax machine.
“It’s really about letting the kids lead,” says Dan Geere. “They are in charge of their own thing in here.” And if you ask the kids, they would agree. But they are all quick to add that it’s also about their teacher.
“If I could choose one teacher to teach me every single subject, it’d be Mr. Geere,” says 6th grader Tate Olson. “He just knows so much. It’s awesome to come here after school.”