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Maker Scouts

Maker Scouts | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"The Maker Scouts is a weekly scouting program for young children (4-10) who are ready and interested in Tinkering and Making with different materials and tools. The Maker Scouts program provides young Makers learning opportunities in STEAM education through four 12 week sessions, each of which focus on critical thinking, design, and building with hand-on activities.


Activities are designed to help the youngest makers become safe, proficient users of making tools and materials on their way to discovering their passion and language of self expression. The program also provides young people learning opportunities that foster the core values of the Innovator Mindset– embracing failure, frustration tolerance, communication, collaboration, creativity and empathy." from source: http://www.makerscouts.org/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a project of the Exploratory. Here is their comment on the Maker Scouts project and their mission:


"Maker Scouts International is a project of The Exploratory. Our mission is to build a sustainable future for our children by providing STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math ) learning opportunities through hands-on Tinkering and Making explorations and projects.


The Exploratory provides children opportunities to sustain the love of discovery, celebrate the rigors of inquisitive, joyful learning and become students of innovation, prepared to solve future global challenges through hands on Making and Tinkering. We offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math after school programs, educator workshops, classes, public events, camps, early education programs, birthday parties and online content." http://www.theexploratory.com/

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Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

... Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia." from source: http://scratch.mit.edu/

ghbrett's insight:

MIT has a tradition of developing introductory programming tools for K-12 and older learners. Scratch is the latest one that I just learned about. At first glance it reminds me some what of Yahoo! Pipes. It's a visually oriented, scripted language. I'll need to play/work with it some to make a better assessment of it as a tool. While the site says this is aimed at teaching students about programing and computational science, I'd say it also is a tool for introducing student to digital animation and new media. 

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