Category: 2016 Fellows

Forces Acting on a Structure – Golf Ball Drop Challenge

Based on Idea from INCOSE Table at the Detroit Maker Faire 2015 The Challenge Your tower must be designed to hold a paper cup as high as possible. This design must support the forces created when a golf ball is dropped into the cup. Design is up to your innovation and creativity. Time of 15-20 minutes,… Read more »

FabLearn Webinar – Assessment strategies for maker courses

We are pleased to share a recent webinar led by Daniel Schermele with several FabLearn Fellows in a conversation about assessment strategies for maker courses. The conversation included: Intent of assessment / why do we teach specific content Types of assessments Backwards planning vs. self-determined education Why do we assess? Accountability or just part of an… Read more »

Brainstorming: Makerspace AI

MakerEd superstar Jaymes Dec posed an interesting question, “What does an AI augmented makerspace look, sound, or feel like?” Here is some of my brainstorming. The Makerspace AI monitors the environmental conditions including airborne particulates, sound levels and machines in operation and recommends or enforces use of personal protection equipment such as safety glasses, ear… Read more »

Makerspace Starter Kit 2018

The Makerspace Starter Kit has been updated for 2018! Now in handy business card size for your next MakerEd workshop or professional development event. In three, ready-to-print formats that you are free to customize. Makerspace Starter Kit Card (.zip) Fold your Makerspace Starter Kit in half to create a tent. Place your Makerspace Starter Kit in… Read more »

Mini MakerEd Workshop Kit

Problem: How do you deliver an effective MakerEd workshop with minimal materials and cost? Solution: A mini MakerEd workshop kit that costs under $3 per participant and uses simple materials for participants to explore maker education concepts. Background: The biggest sin a Maker Coach can commit is to give a MakerEd presentation without any thought to hands-on… Read more »

Modular design cards for building a chain reaction

We (the fabulous Astrid Poot ,me and her cool work work colleagues!) are designing a MakerChallenge for educators anticipating the big Maker Faire in Eindhoven this september. In this blog series we write down what we make, test and learn. We loooove feedback, so don’t be shy. In our last blog (Dutch, but with loads of clips… Read more »

Physical Computing Maker Cart – InfyMakers Submission

I applied to the InfyMakers Award Contest http://www.infymakers.com/ Here is the proposal for the Physical Computing Maker Cart. What suggestions do you have for supplies, lessons, activities, resources and challenges? Leave your reply in the comments. Summary The InfyMaker award will enable the creation of a set of Physical Computing Maker Carts for use in elementary, middle… Read more »

Three Things being a Maker Educator has Taught Me

In 2008 at my school ‘De Populier‘ we started with the ‘masterpiece’ project. It’s the last course before our students do their national exams. It’s a typical maker style course: students can make whatever they want as long as there is a challenge. They have to challenge themselves. It was the start of our maker… Read more »

Simple Parts – Part III – Communication through Drawings

Reflecting – Looking at Drawings from Part I Task 1 Start with students back in groups from part 1. Return their drawings in the group folder from the first class. Have students take out just ONE drawing from their folder. Give students 3 minutes to try and re-create the shape from their drawings done during… Read more »

Simple Parts – Part II – Empathy and Communication

This activity is done in partners. You may choose to have students choose their own partners, or students may be required to find partners within the groups they had for Part I. The main setup for these activities is that partners must not be able to see each others’ work, and it is helpful (though… Read more »