Tinkering and Innovating in Education
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Brightworks: An Extraordinary School

"Brightworks is a school that reimagines education. By taking the best practices from both early childhood education and hands-on, project-based experiential learning, we strive to meet students’ needs in a flexible, mixed-age environment that breaks the traditional walls between school and the community outside the classroom. We offer a broad-spectrum learning environment designed to encourage creative capacity, tenacity, and citizenship." 

-- from source: http://sfbrightworks.org

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:26 PM

This site is a wonderful resource. Brightworks is a great innovative school found by Gever Tulley, Education Architect. You can read more about him on the Brightworks staff page.

 

Be sure to also have a look at the Brightworks Arc pages for more detail about the structure employed "... At Brightworks, students explore ideas and pursue their interests through a structure we call an arc. Each arc takes as its premise a central theme, to be explored from multiple perspectives. Students interact with this theme in three different phases: exploration, expression, and exposition." http://sfbrightworks.org/the-brightworks-arc/

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Nova Labs | Rediscover the joy of making things

Nova Labs | Rediscover the joy of making things | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Nova Labs is a nonprofit MakerSpace located in Reston, Virginia. We provide the space and tools to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things.

 

Our interests include: Inventing, Learning, Prototyping, Biology, CNC, Teaching, Electronics, Robotics, 3D Printing, Computer Programming, Machining, Microcontrollers, Woodworking, Networking, IT Security, Knitting and Crocheting, Mechanical Engineering, Sewing, Silkscreening, Arts and Crafts, And much, much more.

 

Nova Labs, Inc. is nonprofit corporation managed by a Board of Directors and organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Nova Labs is a sponsored project under School Factory. All donations submitted to School Factory (c/o Nova Labs) are tax deductible."

from source: https://www.nova-labs.org/

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I plan to visit these labs as soon as I can. The next two week I'll be out of town, but when I get back, I intend to visit their facilities and report back to you all.

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Ithaca Generator

Ithaca Generator | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Ithaca Generator is a Makerspace, a place for inventors, crafters, designers, engineers and artists to come together and share resources, ideas and projects. We provide workshop space, tools, classes and social opportunities for makers in the local community." from source: http://ithacagenerator.org/

ghbrett's insight:

The Ithaca Generator is a facility that recently opened its doors in March 2013. Already you can see on their web pages how they are growing and using their maker skills to design and build the furniture and tools they need to have on hand for projects to come. If you are in this area of New York, you should visit their facilities.

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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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Logo Test by A. Martino

This is a test of the robot basic movement made by A. Martino at the factory where the Arduino Robot will be manufactured.

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Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age | Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age:


> Eric Siegel: Peers and Colleagues Build Student Confidence
     New York Hall of Science Director Eric Siegel describes the optimal museum experience and how we can map those kinds of experiences onto our schools.

 

> Mike Petrich: An Invitation to The Learning Studio
     Exploratorium PIE Co-director Mike Petrich says that engagement means empowerment and tinkering and play could be a regular part of a public school day.

 

> Jamie Cortez: Try it and Fail
     San Francisco artist/performer/teacher Jamie Cortez talks about roadblocks to tinkering and creativity in the traditional school setting.

 

> Allison Clark: You Can Still Be You and Become a Scientist
     Allison Clark of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign gives an up-close "tour" of the Hip Hop Information Technology Tour that empowers students to tinker with technology.

 

> John Seely Brown: The Open Architectural Studio
     Scientist, Speaker, Writer, Teacher John Seely Brown sees creativity lacking in today’s teaching and learning environment."

-- from source: http://www.carnegiefoundation.org

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This page leads to five other pages with summaries and video interviews with the authors about their topic. A great resource for integrating tinkering as a mode of knowledge in curriculum for education and training.

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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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Tinkering School: Think, Make, Tinker!

Tinkering School: Think, Make, Tinker! | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Gever Tulley founded Tinkering School in 2005 in order to learn how children become competent and to explore the notion that kids can build anything, and through building, learn anything. The foundation of Tinkering School is putting power-tools in the hands of 8 year-olds; using real tools and real materials to build big projects. Really big projects.

 

Starting with a rollercoaster in 2005 (100' of track and big enough for any of the kids or adults to ride), the kids at Tinkering School have built a 3-story 30' tall treehouse (with no permanent attachment to the tree), a rope bridge made from plastic shopping bags (strong enough to hold all 8 tinkerers - simultaneously), and any number of vehicles and boats (tested, of course, on the Pacific Ocean waters of Half Moon Bay)."

ghbrett's insight:

This is a great site for examples about Tinkering in education. It has links to Partner Programs in other locations, recent projects, school news, 2013 sessions list, Highlights, and more. Also listed is a new project, Brightworks, an innovative K-12 alternative school that is dedicated to hands-on, engagement based learning.

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