Posts published in August, 2015

Thoughts On Learning and Engagement and the Pluto New Horizons Mission

by on August 29, 2015 12:57 am
I am sitting next to one of my 6th graders, J., as he flips though one of his favorite books. This book accompanies him to MakerSpace every day and if he is in the lab after school he typically has the book so he can refer to it. The book is a large picture book… Read more Thoughts On Learning and Engagement and the Pluto New Horizons Mission

Advanced MaKey MaKey: Remapping Pins

by on August 28, 2015 12:16 am
The MaKey MaKey is a popular microcontroller that makes it easy to use any conductive object as an interface for a computer. When you plug a MaKey MaKey into a computer, the computer thinks you plugged in an external keyboard and mouse. So triggering the sensor inputs on the MaKey MaKey just sends keystrokes or… Read more Advanced MaKey MaKey: Remapping Pins

Launching Boats

by on August 12, 2015 11:30 pm
I once heard teaching compared to the act of launching boats.  I love the visual evoked by that metaphor. Could we think of the work we do in our makerspaces a similar process to preparing for, and ultimately taking off on a self-guided journey? Students captain the ship and teachers watch from the shore. Learning… Read more Launching Boats

What do people learn from using digital fabrication tools?

by on August 8, 2015 10:46 pm
In response to the question of what one actually learns from 3D printing, I thought more deeply about the work we do in our school. While I know conceiving an idea and shepherding it into a tangible form is significant, it is important to be able to articulate its value within an educational setting. It’s… Read more What do people learn from using digital fabrication tools?