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Lower School Tinker Space debuts, students explore the world through design thinking
Posted 12/15/2014 12:00PM

Tinker Space at French American International SchoolOn Monday, November 3, fourth and fifth grade students transformed room 250 into the Lower School Tinker Space, a creative studio for young minds to investigate and create through hands-on activities.


A New Way to Play

Students now have brand new choice of activity during their lunch recess. On a daily basis, a group of about 15 students participates in collaborative activity, under the supervision of Librarian Karine Luguet or Academic Technology Coordinator Philippe Charpantier.


Building Bridges, Finding Balance

The goal of this space is for students to participate collectively in a group project and to develop manual skills that might be missing in their busy bilingual curriculum. This includes the following:

  • Becoming familiar with and taking "ownership" of the space
  • Learning how to use hand tools (screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, cutters, etc.)
  • Sorting by function, i.e. naming materials that can be recycled

The idea is also to create bridges with the Science Lab and the Design Studio and to encourage teachers to add "makers" activities into their own curriculum.


Upcoming Projects

  • Paper circuits: Make simple or complex electrical circuits on a flat piece of paper.
  • Soundproof recording booth contest
  • Cardboard Automata
  • Marble run contest

"Research shows that younger children have a superior ability to learn a second language and that bilingual students tend to outperform their monolingual peers."

Admission Information

Visit our admissions section to learn about our bilingual immersion in the lower and middle school. Or visit our high school to learn about the French Bac or IB program.

Global Travel

Many cultural and linguistic trips as well as student exchanges are offered each year. Learn more

Academic Roadmap

The school delivers a rigorous bilingual immersion program from PK3 to grade 8, culminating in either the French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

The Bilingual Advantage

The bilingual education program of the French American International School provides our students with a springboard for a global perspective. The curriculum is taught in English and French in a way that makes learning exciting and challenging, while meeting the high standards of the French and American educational systems.

French American International School

Main building

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Ph: 415.558.2000


Early Childhood Center

1155 Page Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

Ph: 415.231.5733

An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either the French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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