Month: March 2015

Documenting, connecting big ideas, and sharing – what makes “making” work

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 »

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

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 »

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

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 »

Teaching rights

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 »

Make your silicone protector for soldering irons

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 »

STEAM, STEM, and Making

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 »

What can these scraps reveal?

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 »