Lessons Learned From Designing A Material Based Probe
For 
Generating Electrical Energy Using Found Objects

Tinkering is an experimental and iterative process of creating physical and digital artifacts, in which makers continuously experiment with new ideas to engage with a problem. While the Maker Movement emphasizes that everyone is a maker, novice makers can find it difficult to start tinkering. This masters research proposal's overarching goal is to investigate ways to introduce novice makers to tinkering. More specifically, we focus on  encouraging novice makers to explicitly focus on the materials in their creative process and use that learning as an entry point into the tinkering. To explore our research goal, we used the design probe methodology and conducted a study with grade 8 students in a school in Mexico City where they engaged with our design probe to build simple systems to generate and harness small amounts of electricity. 
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