In a world where suffocation warnings are placed on every plastic film manufactured or for sale in the United States, how are our children suppose to interact with their environment. Gever Tulley takes a different approach, allowing children the creative (though supervised) freedom to build and explore the world around them.

Why you should listen:

Gever Tulley writes the best Twitters: Just landed my paraglider in an empty field behind Santa 8arbara. … Making amazing tshirts with a laser cutter at the maker faire in austin. … Washing fruit, putting sheets on bunkbeds, and grinding up aluminum foil in a cheap blender … Updating the school blog, trying to figure out how many cubic feet of air are in a 5 gallon cylinder at 200 PSI. … Trying to figure out if the tinker kids are going to be able to get molten iron from magnetite sand …

Who is he:

A software engineer, Gever Tulley is the co-founder of the Tinkering School, a weeklong camp where lucky kids get to play with their very own power tools. He’s interested in helping kids learn how to build, solve problems, use new materials and hack old ones for new purposes. He’s also a certified paragliding instructor.


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