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On April 25th, at the ATLIS (#ATLISac) annual conference, I moderated a panel called “Makerspaces: Moving Beyond the Hype”. Makerspaces offer so much to schools from putting design thinking into action to entrepreneurialism to hands-on fun. This panel was an opportunity to bring together great educators to present with and learn from….

Agenda Based on my experiences in public and private education, as well as collegiate level education, I have encountered a lot of discourse on crafting equity in educational spaces which indicate a gap between policy and action. In this series of posts I am seeking to describe actions in relationship…

If you were at NJECC in March 2017, this is my presentation slidedeck. Keeping this short but really enjoy correspondence via twitter!  

We, Rurik Nackerud, Liz Leff and I, are at NJECC today offering a workshop on bringing Making to Younger students. We offered 3 activities: Simple wiring, Chinese (Paper) Lanterns and Cardboard Community. Explore the website for more design and maker resources and lessons.

I presented a hands-on workshop at the NJECC annual conference. My premiss is that the design process is long and messy. It’s a great vehicle for solving problems and group work. So many skills are learn, practiced and improved but it take a long time. This is ok. Teachers are…

I am currently at NJECC getting ready to present on “Your Equity-Oriented Makerspace”. Doubtlessly this post will have a facelift and update but I wanted to share my current slidedeck. Feel free to check it out and I will report on the conversation later! Links on this website for more…

Getting the STUFF! Even the wealthiest school can rarely buy all the equipment they want. Personally I recommend letting student and teacher interest guide buying. Still, you may have a list in hand and a need to buy. This post covers some simple ways to get the most for your…

School makerspaces do not need to come with everything. Still, it is nice to have a wish list. Many items can be designed with hand tools and some simple power tools like a dremel. Engineering projects may require a real woodshop or metal fabrication space as well. Very Expensive. For…

Generally I consider tools by student motivation. There are tools that people consider to be a part of makerspaces, 3D Printers comes to mind, and there are tools that emerge as important to individual makerspaces through participant interest. Students and parents expect to see artifacts like 3D printers and scanners….

While 3D printing is all the rage at our school, cutting with vinyl tends to be a major precursor and epic workhorse in the design space. We own a USCutter SC Series vinyl cutter. It has some basic features as well as a one-year warranty from the manufacturer. This is…

The Ultimaker 2 in my lab space is the perfect tool for a variety of skill levels. It works well, has plenty of premium features, and with the open software and hardware development community around this printer, offers options for future growth. Add-ons, such as a syringe based extrusion head,…

Make a lantern for Chinese New Year Supplies: Colored paper (construction paper or gift wrapping) Scissors Glue, tape, or a stapler Instructions: Fold a rectangular piece of paper in half, making a long, thin rectangle. Make a series of cuts (about a dozen or more) along the fold line. Don’t…

Loved the paper bags? Check out how to do this yourself! Cooper Hewitt put together this lovely activity and has the resources to support your planning. Check out their webpage and other links! Lesson: Paper Bag Design Challenge Video: Introductory Video Cooper Hewitt: Main Website

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS I know, it’s not exactly an experiment, but illusions are still cool. Designing illusions is even more fun! Use these prompts, found in multiple places online, to drive a conversation and eventual design of optical illusions! Illusions are images that use your EYES to confuse your BRAIN Take…

There were undoubtedly numerous opportunities to discuss Makerspaces at AERA. Sadly I mostly heard whispers or missed sessions scheduled for after my departure. Luckily I stumbled onto this poster and a presenter who, lacking her own cards, took mine. I look forward to a discussion with her but until then….enjoy…

The Makey Makey is pretty well known in maker circles. My use has been limited to creating new ways for students to create interfaces on computers but there are new implementations that include the use of Little Bits and other tools. The Makey Makey Go is tiny and I keep…

Interested in taking Scratch to your reality? Maybe add a crafting component? Check out the PicoBoard by Picocricket. This board lets you use Scratch to create projects that can sense and respond to things in the world – outside the computer. Definitely fun to try! There is a robust little…

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