Kids are tinkering in the ASU Museum

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Arkansas State University's Museum is "tinkering" with a new exhibit.

The "Tinkering Studio" is officially open and waiting for the children of Region 8 to come out and have a blast.

Paige Creed with the ASU Museum says they work hard to promote education in a fun environment.

"It is a very fun way to learn," Creed said. "Engineering and science and other subjects that kids might not have a lot of fun at. We can make it fun for them here."

The Tinkering Studio consists of a variety of hands on stations that allow kids to create while learning about aspects of engineering, science or motion.

Grandfather Boyd Shelton of Jonesboro took his three granddaughters to the Tinkering Studio for "Tink Tank" night, not knowing what to expect.

"This was our first time," Shelton said. "Not only are the grandchildren having a great time, but I think it's good for them. Their curiosity, it's good for them to learn different things."

Creed said there are a number of things for kids to choose from.

"We have a wind tube where kids can make things to fly them up in the tube," she said. "We also have an electricity table, where kids try to find new ways to make the light bulbs light up. There's a marble maze and a station that shows them how they used to make moving pictures. Kids can draw a growing scene and then we'll put it in and spin it."

Shelton said his granddaughters were taking turns at each of the stations.

"I believe they just love it," he said. "They're trying different things and I think they're really enjoying themselves."

Creed feels children of all ages have something that will interest them waiting at the museum.

"They're going to come to the museum," she said. "And they're going to make something with their own hands and that's going to be exciting for them and they're going to learn something in the process."

All the materials used in the Tinkering Studio are recycled.

"Tink Tank" night will be taking place every other Tuesday night from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Museum events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Arkansas State University Museum, log onto this website.

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