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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…

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….

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…