Month: June 2017

Wood and Metalworking Experience Through Trebuchet Making

Beyond computer programming (Scratch), physical computing (Arduino) and other electronics related concepts, last week’s workshop with middle-school students at Kepler Tech Lab was about to teach them how to use woodworking and metalworking tools, such hacksaw, drilling machine, etc… through the construction of Trebuchet. “A trebuchet is a type of catapult that works by using… Read more »

Tech Lab’s Girls in STEM Education Initiative

What would it take to bridge the gap between girls and boys in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields? It is believed that anyone can create/build things out of his/her creativity, but how can one do it? I think it requires one to be interested and committed to face challenges and celebrate successes if… Read more »

4 Day-Long Facilitator Training

One of the main objectives of Kepler Tech Lab is to get connected with local/corporate organizations to implement practical education in schools or local communities for students to learn by doing and solve critical problems in their communities. After with Igire Rwanda Organization to provide STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education to beneficiaries, the… Read more »

Challenges, Constraints, Competition?

Stick with me, this is a bit of a long story to get to some things I am thinking about in terms of making in the classroom. I can now check one thing off that bucket list, I won a blue ribbon at the San Mateo County Fair. (What, that is not on your bucket… Read more »

WIP 006: In the Weeds

Musing: Right now a lot of professional development for educators is about just showing up. Seat time doesn’t equal engagement. How can educators receive credit for making/creating/implementing things? MakerEd for Maker Educators. Musing: People are weird about numbers. My school division has a per pupil expenditure of ~$12,500. (Which isn’t high when compared to our… Read more »

Always Be Hustling – FormLabs Edition

Anyone that follows me on social media is probably well aware that my Hidden Figures – Friendship 7 model is up for Top Educational Model in FormLabs 3D Design Awards powered by Pinshape. (Vote for my design here!) I’ve been asking for votes on Twitter, Facebook, Slack, Google+, Google Groups, LinkedIn and Instagram. Some of my maker… Read more »

FabLearn webinar – What is the “Maker Mindset”?

Watch this FabLearn Fellow webinar. The topic is “Maker Mindset” – what does it mean for modern learning spaces?   This webinar will also be available as part of the FabLearn podcast series Meaningful Making at meaningfulmaking.simplecast.fm. If you want to have the latest episode of Meaningful Making delivered to your phone / computer the moment it’s released,… Read more »