Posts published in March, 2015

Documenting, connecting big ideas, and sharing - what makes "making" work

by on March 31, 2015 6:57 pm
The 2014/2015 FabLearn Fellows cohort is a diverse group of 18 educators and makers. They represent eight states and five countries, and work with a wide range of ages at schools, museums, universities and non-profits. Throughout the course of the year, they will develop curriculum and resources, as well as contribute to current research projects. Their blogs represent… Read more Documenting, connecting big ideas, and sharing - what makes "making" work

Research to Practice: Observing Learning in Tinkering Activities (Museum)

by on March 24, 2015 6:56 pm
Unfortunately this is behind a paywall… it would be great to know what these frameworks are! Update – March 30 Here are the frameworks: http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/dimensions-of-learning Request permission to access the video library of exemplars: http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/learning-and-facilitation-framework Research to Practice: Observing Learning in Tinkering Activities (Museum) Authors: Joshua Gutwill is Director of Visitor Research and Evaluation at the Exploratorium,San… Read more Research to Practice: Observing Learning in Tinkering Activities (Museum)

From Name Tags to Lasting Artifacts; Fostering a Culture of Deep Projects

by on March 20, 2015 6:30 pm
Introduction Much hype has been made about incorporating Design or Design Thinking into education, but what is design and why is it “suddenly” a valued 21st century concept in education? Anyone who has taken a Design Thinking workshop knows that little is gained from a one hour design cycle, especially those based on product development… Read more From Name Tags to Lasting Artifacts; Fostering a Culture of Deep Projects

Relevant Research: Evidence & Impact: Museum-Managed STEM Programs in Out-of- School Settings

by on March 11, 2015 11:47 pm
Interesting paper – seems like a lot to dive into! I haven’t had time yet, but I wanted to share with you all. Evidence & Impact: Museum-Managed STEM Programs in Out-of- School Settings (PDF) By Bernadette Chi, Rena Dorph & Leah Reisman, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley “The National Research Council’s Committee on Successful Out-of-School… Read more Relevant Research: Evidence & Impact: Museum-Managed STEM Programs in Out-of- School Settings

Teaching rights

by on March 7, 2015 11:42 pm
Here’s an idea that can be larger in scope or can be used to manage your maker space. I was inspired last fall while visiting the Lighthouse Creativity Lab in Oakland, where Aaron Vanderwerff teaches, by their excellent punchcard system for designating users and granting teaching rights for tools and machines in their space. Another… Read more Teaching rights

Make your silicone protector for soldering irons

by on March 6, 2015 11:01 pm
This article has colaboration of Pietro Domingues. There are many ways to make electronics fast and safely (using conductive inks, kits with magnetic contacts, breadboards, etc). However, the soldering method is still indispensable to definitive PCB assembles and to low cost solutions. But handling the soldering iron may offer some risks to the user, mainly… Read more Make your silicone protector for soldering irons

STEAM, STEM, and Making

by on March 1, 2015 10:56 pm
What do these words mean? How are they interpreted by teachers, by administrators, by students, by politicians?   In the past few months I have been a part of a number of discussions surrounding this question. The conversations are genuine and in most cases have the best interests of students and learning in mind. There… Read more STEAM, STEM, and Making

What can these scraps reveal?

by on March 1, 2015 10:39 pm
Twice a week I coach an Odyssey of the Mind team.  All week I collect scraps, recyclables and cast away objects to bring to meetings for them to peruse.  The process of searching through these materials inspires the gadgets they create, the props they invent, and costumes they fashion.  Through the practice of re-purposing and… Read more What can these scraps reveal?