Category: Cohort 1 Fellows

FabLearn Fellows – Winter 2020/2021

So there’s a lot happening behind the scenes with the FabLearn Fellows! The new cohort is starting to meet, virtually, of course. New blog posts and videos will be coming soon. We are in the very early stages of planning Volume 3 of the Meaningful Making book series. And the previous cohorts of FabLearn Fellows… Read more »

Papert’s Eight Big Ideas translated to Arabic

In 1999, Seymour Papert, the father of educational technology, embarked on his last ambitious institutional research project when he created the constructionist, technology-rich, project-based, multi-aged Constructionist Learning Laboratory inside of Maine’s troubled prison for teens, The Maine Youth Center. As Gary Stager shares in the book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, Papert outlined these… Read more »

FabLearn Conversation with Nalin Tutiyaphuengprasert – Making in the time of COVID-19

In this video conversation, Nalin Tutiyaphuengprasert speaks with Sylvia Martinez about how the DSIL Fab Lab in Bangkok Thailand is working with local hospitals and medical professionals to design, prototype, and build aerosol boxes for COVID-19 patients. These acrylic boxes are placed over a patient during procedures requiring close contact, reducing the chance of disease… Read more »

CS, Diversity and Education

I was a middle school teacher for three years before I confronted the reality that teaching public school and financial safety in the Bay Area don’t square up. Especially with a baby on the way. I therefore quit my brief teaching career and enrolled in the most competitive coding bootcamp available. This essay is a… 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 »

Middle School Sewing Elective Version 2

I co-teach a sewing elective for middle school students. This is the second version, the first ended in some frustration, so we stopped offering it for a while, and I went on to be part of other electives. This year we resurrected the idea, and I am co teaching with a colleague (great fun, and… Read more »

FabLearn webinar with guest Tony Perry of the Lehmlson-MIT Invention Education program

We are pleased to share a recent webinar with guest Tony Perry, Invention Education Coordinator at the Lemelson-MIT Program that celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. Tony shared the goals of the program and current opportunities for young people in their Invention contests and programs. Justin Brown,… Read more »

“Push Me!” Teaching Paper Electronics to a Crowd with a Switch Sampler

Boston’s Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn is a 16-year-old maker program where annually 36 teens of color to learn, build and then teach 6 different technology, coding, and engineering modules.  Each year our youth teachers engage  700+ children at 30+ community organizations with constructionism-based activities at free 4-week summer STEAM camps.  This blog post offers… Read more »