Tynkertopia provides safe, welcoming space for students, others to build STEM / STEAM skills

| March 4, 2019

Tynkertopia founder Dr. Alice Christie takes part in 2018 Flagstaff Festival of Science — Science in the Park. Photo by Frank X. Moraga.

FLAGSTAFF — Those looking for a place to develop their STEM / STEAM skills need look no further than to drop by Tynkertopia on Fourth Street in Flagstaff.

Once stepping through the door, students, teachers, parents, artists, crafters, inventors, makers and tynkerers of any age, will find a space where partners work together to share expertise, resources and responsibility for achieving mutual goals, according to founder Dr. Alice Christie.

She opened Tynkertopia in August 2018 and provided an update on the program to members and guests of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth’s monthly board meeting held on Feb. 25.

Tynkertopia’s mission is to serve as a STEM / STEAM Community Center to empower all residents of Flagstaff and northern Arizona, she said.

The center helps the community cultivate skills, strategies and confidence as independent, lifelong learners, expand creativity, inquiry skills, and STEM / STEAM skills and knowledge by inviting curiosity, inspiring wonder and encouraging playfulness, and celebrating unique solutions, she said. It is designed to encourage independent thinking, questioning, inquiring, designing, building, exploring and tynkering.

Tynkertopia, at 2152 N. Fourth St., welcomes all kids and kids at heart (Ages 1 – 103), kids aged 1 – 17 with parents/grandparents/siblings 18+ and anyone 18 and older.

Winter hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and takes part in the Third Friday of each month Eastside Art Xperience from 5 to 8 p.m.

The center also offers free meals for children Wednesdays through Sundays.

Admission is free, but donations area greatly appreciated.

Call 928-326-3400, send an email to info@tynkertopia.org, visit www.tynkertopia.org or click here for more information.

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