About TinkRworks

TinkRworks is creating the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers by delivering exceptional STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) experiences to children. Through hands-on summer camp and after-school programs, we go beyond school learning and give young TinkRers space to explore real-world problems with cutting-edge tools and technologies. Tinkering develops life-long problem-solving and critical thinking skills; these are capabilities that will comprise the majority of global job growth for the years ahead. The world increasingly needs creative thinkers to shape the future. TinkRworks is where tomorrow’s makers are made.

Meet the TinkRworks Staff & Instructors

Dr. Anu Mahajan


TinkRing came naturally to Anu Mahajan from an early age as evidenced by his interactions with toys when he was just a toddler. Unlike traditional children who would spend endless hours playing with new toys they were given, Anu's actions instead focused on rapidly examining toys to first understand their functionality followed by tearing them apart to then...

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Gil Levendel


As a child, Gil Levendel loved building. He often stacked wood blocks into tall, complex structures (which his older sister would invariably topple, probably on purpose). He also built all sorts of self-designed contraptions using Lego Technics parts, often sending instant photos of his models to Lego for their review and then hoping for their inclusion into a future Lego set.

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Dr. Serge Minin

Curriculum Development Officer, B.S., M.S., Ph.D

Since an early age, Serge Minin has been and adventurer, a thinker, and a poet. Growing up in Minsk, Belarus, he would often take hours to get home from school. He would create maps of neighborhoods, traverse frozen bodies of water, and, occasionally, navigate by the stars.

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Dr. Ilesanmi Adesida


Ilesanmi Adesida served as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 2012 to 2015. As the chief academic and budget officer, he oversaw an academic and professional enterprise comprising over 44,000 students, 2,500 faculty members, nearly 8,000 staff members and a budget of over $1.5B.

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