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Tinkering and Innovating in Education
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Arduino

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"If you have a friend or relative who has been asking “what’s an Arduino?” You can point them here. They’ll get an overview of what it is and what’s possible with it." from Source: http://blog.makezine.com/arduino/

 

"Arduino is a single-board microcontroller designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. The hardware consists of a simple open source hardware board designed around an 8-bit Atmel AVR microcontroller, though a new model has been designed around a 32-bit Atmel ARM. The software consists of a standard programming language compiler and a boot loader that executes on the microcontroller.

 

Arduino boards can be purchased pre-assembled or do-it-yourself kits. Hardware design information is available for those who would like to assemble an Arduino by hand. There are sixteen official Arduinos that have been commercially produced to date. Numerous hardware variations of the Arduino are being sold by third parties." from Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino

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The Makezine section on Arduino boards is loaded with projects and ideas for tinkering with. There is a beginner's video right on the front page to explain and show more about the board and how it can be used. Very exciting for students and people who want to tinker with technology or computing devices or controllers.

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TechShop is America's 1st Nationwide Open-Access Public Workshop -- What Do You Want To Make at TechShop?

TechShop is a membership-based do-it-yourself workshop that provides members with the use of tools and equipment, classes and a vibrant and creative community of people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.
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Another amazing resource for tinkering, making, creating and sharing. There are a number TechShops in different cities across the US. I am pleased that there is one in planning for Washington D.C.

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TechShop: Welcome To Your Neighborhood Xerox Parc - Forbes

TechShop: Welcome To Your Neighborhood Xerox Parc - Forbes | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
In 2006 Jim Newton, a former MythBusters science adviser and BattleBots competitor, paged through his notebook filled with 224 invention ideas. 

 

"...Now with six locations charging a $125 monthly fee, TechShop offers members–amateurs and engineers alike– work-space and access to every conceivable tool required to create their inventions. “Making things is fundamental to what it means to be human,” pines CEO Mark Hatch, citing work by Jung and Hegel to make his point. “For the price of a Starbucks addiction, we give you tools to make whatever you want.”" from source: http://www.forbes.com/

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Tinkering and making requires the right skill and tools. Emerging services and locations like TechShop and MakerPlace are fulfilling these needs. This article from Forbes does a good job explaining some of the resources, products and concepts of a tinkerer and maker friendly resource. It is a worthwhile read.

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+ The Maker Movement and STEM Education

"Margaret Honey and Eric Siegel feel that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning.

 

...Makers delight in tinkering, hacking, creating and re-using materials and technology. They have organized themselves into thriving communities, we read, in which they create objects that they are passionate about." from source: http://dyslexia.wordpress.com/

 

ghbrett's insight:

The Maker Movement has created passion in students and others. Students involved with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are not only making, but have discovered the delights of tinkering as they learn about topics in this area. This reviewer (not a teacher) believes that children and young adults have the most creative potential when they have been told "that's impossible."  Or just the opposite, if told "that's impossible," they go ahead and prove the nay sayers wrong. So start Tinkering and Making new things.

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:40 AM

The Maker Movement has created passion in students and others. Students involved with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are not only making, but have discovered the delights of tinkering as they learn about topics in this area. This reviewer (not a teacher) believes that children and young adults have the most creative potential when they have been told "that's impossible."  Or just the opposite, if told "that's impossible," they go ahead and prove the nay sayers wrong. So start Tinkering and Making new things.