Melissa Newell Ohme

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The Future Hotel Room Is Already Here: Meet Your Robot Butlers and Mechanical Mini-Bar

The seemingly unstoppable rise of tech-driven home-sharing behemoth Airbnb has put the hotel industry on high alert. To differentiate themselves in …

Hospitality

Hebocon Is a Crappy Robot Competition That Celebrates Failure

<i>Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Make: Japan on 7/7/2016. The translation below was supplied by the author. Hebocon will be appearing at Maker Faire Bay Area again this year. They will be very popular, so get your tickets soon!</i><p>I have been organizing the Robot Competition for …

Hong Kong

Deception in Arizona Education: The Unfortunate Truth Behind BASIS

How one organization learned to game the system<p>Arizona has problems when it comes to education. We could discuss dismal educator pay (49th, take that …

Rich Maker Project

My classes are 90 minutes, and this project spanned four classes. Our main areas of learning were informational reading and writing, measurement and …

Importance of a School Library Makerspace – in Rural and Low Income Schools

Capitol Hill Maker Faire<p>Aaron and I are getting prepped to leave for DC and join the festivities surrounding the National Week of Making. I’m very …

Makerspaces

Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined

Makerspace Bus: Columbia, Missouri<p>© Craig Adams<p>Columbia Public Schools’ elementary and middle school students experiment with sound waves and code …

15 Life-Changing Middle Grade Books

Sometimes finding books for kids in the middle grades (4-9) can be tricky, especially if you’re looking for well-written, engaging, stories that will …

Books

Toy Hacking 101

Take any electronic toy, learn how it is made, then use your new knowledge plus SparkFun's Tinker Kit to control your toy in cool and amazing ways! …

Tin Art at Lighthouse

Our second light-themed project at Lighthouse Community Charter School was to create illuminated, perforated and scored pieces of tin art. Hojalata, …

Toy Take Apart and Repurposing

Toy take apart and hacking is a high engagement activity that works for kids of all ages, including adults who haven’t lost their sense of kid, and …

Makerspaces

SparkFun

InventorSpace: Explore fun projects you can implement in your classroom, school or district with SparkFun Electronics.

Bloxels for Beginners

Game development naturally relates to creative writing because a game creator has to carefully plan out the characters, the goals and plenty of …

Five Ways Design and Making Can Help Science Education Come Alive

<i>Excerpted from Making Science: Reimagining STEM Education in Middle School and Beyond by Christa Flores, published in 2016 by Constructing Modern</i> …

Pedagogy

Teaching Middle Schoolers to Patent Their Creations

That’s the good news. The bad news is that patents, copyrights, and intellectual property are immensely complex topics—especially for students. We’re …

Teaching

Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace

One perfect way start making on the cheap is through <b>upcycling</b>, the intentional transformation of hard-to-recycle materials into new products, thus …

Makerspaces

Moving Beyond Lego Walls

0<p>SHARES<p>Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I have said …

Makerspaces

Building Blocks: Litchee Lab Helps Chinese Children Engineer Their Ideas Into Reality

Litchee Lab is a maker space in Shenzhen, China, a city known as a hub for entrepreneurial engineers and physical product startups. It was founded by Lit Liao as a space for engineers to work on their projects. Three years ago, James Simpson and Lit met at Maker Faire Shenzhen. After some …

Makerspaces

Should You Learn Python, C, or Ruby to Be a Top Coder? (Infographic) | Inc.com

Top coders have near limitless prospects when it comes to employment, or even opportunities to succeed in their own startups. In fact, learning to code is fast becoming a necessary life skill, with millions each year taking online and in-person courses to learn Python, Java, and other popular …

Programming

Six Strategies for Thriving as an Introverted Teacher

I’m a hard introvert to spot. I can be loud and social and nobody sees how tired I feel as a result. I’m not shy. I’m often quick to engage in deep …

Teaching

9 Ways to Inspire Student Inventors

According to the Torrance Test—which measures CQ, or creativity quotient—the United States has been declining in creativity since 1990. There has to …

Rigamajig Building Kit

Rigamajig is a new large-scale building kit designed by Cas Holman for hands-on free play and playful STE(A)M learning<p>×<p><b>Rigamajig Basic Builder Kit</b></b> …

Cool New Tech Tools & Gadgets for Your Library Wishlist

Kids these days were born in the technology age. They are inherently open-source learners; they learn by doing and getting their hands dirty. Seeing …

Virtual Reality

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 24 – 2016 Science and Nature Books for Kids

There were no science books on the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for 2016. Nor in 2015. Nor 2014. <i>Bomb</i> in 2013 was sort of a science book, …

Books

School Library Connection Blog

<i>Looking for creative ways to engage your entire school—across grades and content areas—in learning? Cathy Evans, director of libraries at St. Mary’s</i> …

Google Launches Toontastic 3D, an App for Telling Animated Stories

Could one of your students be the next Ava DuVernay or Steven Spielberg?<p>A new, free app out today (Thursday, January 12) gives kids the tools to try …

School Libraries

STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

Two STEAM project recipes from Todd Burleson, <i>SLJ’s</i> 2016 School Librarian of the Year and participant in <i>Library Journal</i> and <i>SLJ</i>’s four-week Maker …

STEM U: Working Collaborations Between Schools and University Students

If you visit Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor, MI, on the right afternoon, you might be greeted with an unusual sight: local University of …

Education