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 …

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 …

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 …

Teaching

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 …

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 …

SparkFun

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

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 …

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> …

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 …

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 …

Moving Beyond Lego Walls

Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I have said many …

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 …

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

See which coding language you should learn first.<p>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 …

How to sketchnote

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 …

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 …

Inventions

Rigamajig Building Kit

×<p><b>Rigamajig Basic Builder Kit</b> <b>Purchase</b><br>• For children age 3+<br>• 260+ parts total; all parts manufactured in the U.S.<br>• Plastic parts are made from 100% recycled …

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 …

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, …

School Library Connection Home

Organization & Management<p>Carl A. Harvey II<p>Assistant Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University, Farmville, VA<p>Travel the Library World<p>It …

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 …

Library Journal

Didn’t find what you were looking for? First, try this.<p>If you typed the URL directly, please make sure the spelling is correct.<p>If you clicked on a …

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 …