Q & A
What is a Tinker Club?
Tinker Club is a small group of students almost at the same level who learn STEM in a project-based setting. The students learn coding, 3D design, robotics, and hands-on STEM combined in their engineering projects.
How is Tinker Club different from competitors?
At Tinker Club, the focus is to teach the kids how to think, rely on facts and reasoning to make decisions. There is a great emphasis on communication skills and articulating thoughts. Most projects are done in groups and teambuilding and negotiating the ideas. Another goal is to teach science, math, and STEM in general.
What early can the children attend to Tinker Club?
The students can attend class as early as 4 years old. We recommend hands-on STEM for ages 4 and 5 years. The coding is best to start at age of 6. Tinker Club classes are in different age groups, 4-6 years and 7-10 years old students. Depending on the child some kids are ready for the coding even at the age of 5.
Where are the locations?
Our public classes are at two locations:
Armenian Society of Los Angeles at 117 S. Louise St Glendale CA 91205,
La Canada Community Center at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Canada Flintridge CA 91011
We also have multiple after-school programs at public and private schools, working with charter schools and various learning pods.
What are the highlights of Tinker Club?
Does Tinker Club collaborate with schools and PTAs?
TCTS is also very active in helping the schools' PTAs, and other nonprofit organizations to run events or help them in their fundraising efforts by providing science-related workshops or booths, and donating our time and profit.
We also develop and customize STEM curriculums based on the need and goals of a particular school. Contact us for more details.
How is TCTS involved in the community?
TCTS is not only helping non-profit organizations, churches, and PTAs of the school to run events, fundraisings, and donate their time, we also have free live workshops promoting quality family time helping families to make projects and be creative.
What is the fee?
The classes are in subscription model, and the fee for Tinker Club is charged monthly, the applicants can choose a date they are comfortable to be charged. Some classes like 3D designs and after schools programs are charged with a flat fee for the course.
Is there any make-up session if my child misses a class?
It is not possible for us to have a makeup session; however, please contact us and we will try to accommodate you to attend another class on another day. Please have in mind that we cannot guarantee the content of the class to be the same as each class has its own dynamic and the content and level of the class is always adjusted to match with the dynamic and enough challenge is given to the group.
What happened if the class falls on major holidays?
We are open and operate year round, however, there are main holidays that we are closed, or the location we are operating is closed to observe the holidays. As each facility has a different working calendar we will notify the holidays to class members via emails and text messages.
Are the class contents the same as the age group?
No. Each age group has a different syllabus and lessons, and each level of the same age group follows different lessons. No repetition.