Makerspaces

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Can these spaces help kids be more creative?

<b>(CNN) —</b> As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario's elementary schools, students are behaving better. They are also getting higher grades.<p>What are makerspaces? They're creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they're making students more …

Education

An MIT Media Lab startup is creating beautiful wooden toys to teach children the basics of coding

Kimberly Smith was a master’s student in the MIT Media Lab’s social computing group when she first began dreaming up wooden toys to teach children how to code.<p>At the time, the lab was looking into small-scale solutions in education, agriculture, and transportation “that would make cities stronger …

Kids

Sphero Edu + Swift Playgrounds

Introducing the Sphero Arcade<p>Swift Playgrounds — “Everyone Can Code”<p>Code. The universal language of technology that powers everything around us. As …

Programming

Building a Culture of Computer Science & STEAM Learning

On August 26, 2017, representatives of the 4 divisions of Casady School met together with several staff for a Saturday retreat to reflect on ways to …

Computer Science

A2 - These 'build your own' Rube Goldberg' kits are legit, take old Chromebook boxes and add stuff, let kids go create! #SatChat https://t.co/TZZN8kpC1H

17 STEM toys that teach kids to code

Games for your future tech giant.<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> WorkingMother.com.<p>In response to concern over kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), companies have been churning out cool toys that teach them coding and logic skills. The idea: get kids hooked on …

Kids

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on …

Makerspaces

8 questions to ask before creating a makerspace

You wouldn’t just randomly choose a tool from your toolbox and feel confident it was the right one to cut a board or attach a hinge. Same goes for …

Makerspaces

Before you "do a makerspace" - four considerations – Sylvia Libow Martinez

When we talk about making, there is a tendency to overlap our terms, like saying we’re going to “do makerspace”. I think unpacking these terms help …

Teaching

What happens when kids make their own makerspace?

It began as a donated box of K’nex set out on a library table.<p>Students started tinkering. Librarian Diana Rendina started asking questions.<p>Bit by …

Makerspaces

It's Not Just The Space, It's The Mentality #MakerEd

This week has been a whirlwind of writing for me. This will be a third post in a day that should go out on Tuesday or Wednesday. I've just been …

Self-improvement

How to Run a Maker Madness Tourney at Your School by @AnnemarieCat

This is a guest-post written by a middle school teacher in my district, Annemarie Catalano. This year has been a big push to create a “maker culture” …

Teaching

6 Must-Haves for Developing a Maker Mindset

Community<p>6 Must-Haves for Developing a Maker Mindset<p>By Jennifer Pierrat     Jun 6, 2016<p>Mizin Roman for Shutterstock<p>Flashy spaces and shiny toys in …

Teaching

Elementary Makerspaces

Suggestions on possible funding sources and ways how to communicate what a Makerspace is to the stakeholders. <br>​<p>Explore lesson plans to use with …

Makerspaces

Creativity is a beautiful, messy, chaotic thing

Collaborative creativity is a beautiful thing to see in action. Picture a room full of students engaged by a creative challenge. Groups of children …

Creativity

The Next Phase of the Maker Movement? Building Startups

“Everything that is old is new again!” Daniel Rabuzzi exclaims, his eyes light up with excitement that seems to match the glowing, handcrafted flower …

Home Economics

Maker Education

The Maker Movement is a technological and creative revolution underway around the world. Fortunately for educators, the Maker Movement overlaps with …

littleBits’ latest kit is ready to teach kids coding skills

In March, tech startup littleBits announced the Code Kit, which would make it a little easier to teach kids how to code, both at home and in the classroom. Today, the Code Kit is finally on sale for a price of $300 (educators can email education@littlebits.cc for a 5 percent discount). Code Kits …

Kids

Why Making Is Essential to Learning

Making is as old as learning itself. While the maker movement may only be about a decade old, the human desire to create dates back to the earliest …

From Tinkering to Technology—Advice from a Middle School Maker

Middle schooler Hannah Levenberg always liked taking things apart, but she didn’t make the connection between her tinkering and technology until she …

Arduino

Google turns Raspberry Pi into a dirt cheap Home competitor

If you've ever wanted to have a conversation with your own tiny home-made computer, then your prayers have just been answered. Raspberry Pi has teamed up with Google, bringing voice integration to the Pi with a clever combination of hardware and software. Packed with the same tech that powers …

Raspberry Pi

Introducing the Design Process 3-5

article<p>Google …

You Don’t Need a Makerspace to Be a Maker

When I was in 3rd grade my best friend Mark and I built a treehouse out of wood scraps we found in the forest behind his house. We were makers. In …

Makerspaces

Building Maker Spaces vs. Building a Maker Culture

In 9th grade, I cut my thumb on a saw in wood shop and had to get stitches. It wasn’t too bad… However, that was the last year I took “shop” class in …

Education

60+ Makerspace Ideas for Maker Education | Maker space

Below is a growing collection of our favorite tweets that focus on makerspace ideas. These ideas range from how to get started to what maker project …

Get Inspired by this Jaw-Dropping Cardboard Armor for Kids

With upcoming conventions and renaissance festivals, you may be wondering how to bring your cosplay dreams to life. Instead of raiding all of the …

7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace

STEAM<p>Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.<p>An increasing number of K-12 schools are transforming classrooms, libraries or other …

After the Planning Phase: 7 Tips for Implementing a Makerspace

STEAM<p>Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.<p>Once a school district has completed the initial planning phase of their makerspace …