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MAKE | Free Membership and Training for Veterans at TechShop

MAKE | Free Membership and Training for Veterans at TechShop | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Are you a veteran and live near a TechShop? If so, then you should know about the TechShop program for…
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Four-legged robot that runs like a cat unveiled in Switzerland

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Swiss researchers said Monday they have created a small four-legged, high-speed robot that runs like a cat in a bid to create a new breed of robots for use in search and rescue operations.
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Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone, Everywhere | What's Next Blog

"Google has launched (literally) Project Loon because two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.

 

Project Loon starts this month with an experimental pilot in New Zealand, with the launch of 30 balloons which will beam Internet to a small group of pilot testers. The experience of these pilot testers will be used to refine the technology and shape the next phase of Project Loon." from source: http://www.whatsnextblog.com/


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First there was the idea of low, slow flying solar aircraft with internet radios to provide internet coverage over an area of say, a county. Now Google has upped the stakes with Project Loon. Using balloons at 20Km near the stratosphere in a mesh like network. This network with communicate among the peers in space to stations on the ground that will then spread the internet more widely. I will be curious to see how this progresses. You can find more about the project at:  http://www.google.com/loon/ ;  or watch an tech intro at: http://youtu.be/mcw6j-QWGMo a short informative intro at finally a more general video at:  http://youtu.be/m96tYpEk1Ao

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Advance Students' Interest in STEM Through Robotics Summer Learning

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This summer students have the opportunity to learn how to program robots, design games, animate stories, and earn a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes and scholarships through the Robotics Summer...
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SketchUp | 3D for Everyone

"SketchUp users are architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers. They are the people who shape the physical world. They are important, and they deserve great tools because great tools produce great work.

 

Great tools are ones you look forward to using. They do one thing (or maybe two) really, really well. They let you do what you want without having to figure out how. They help with hard or boring tasks so that you can focus on being creative, or productive, or both. And they are, in their own way, beautiful.

 

At SketchUp, we do our best to make great tools for drawing. For our users, drawing is thinking. They draw to explore ideas, to figure things out, to show other people what they mean. They draw because they love it, and because nothing great was ever built that didn't start with a great drawing." from source: http://www.sketchup.com/

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SketchUp is one of the free tools that folks who are engaged in 3D printing and MakerSpaces find to be a great starting point to help new learners to design and create their own objects.

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Structuring Classrooms for Exploration, Risk-Taking and ...

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According to Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager, authors of the book Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom,. “The past few decades have been a dark time in many schools. Emphasis on high ...

 

I am just now beginning my reading  of Martinez and Stager’s book Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, and I am intrigued by what they propose. Martinez and Stager point to all the “amazing tools, materials, and skills that turn us all into makers.” We are all "makers" and "tinkerers" at heart they say, which means we can do as these authors suggest and use "technology to make, repair, or customize the things we need" and "bring engineering, design, and computer science to the masses.” Furthermore, we can create the kinds of learning places where “Children should engage in tinkering and making because they are powerful ways to learn.”

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UC San Diego Opens Center Devoted to Studying Imagination - Patch.com

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UC San Diego Opens Center Devoted to Studying Imagination
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"We are pleased to create the first and only Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination," said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K.
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How to Raise a Tech-Savvy Kid - Popular Mechanics

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And it's never been a better time to be a kid with a knack for tinkering.
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Meet the maker - MIT News

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That's what happened for MIT alumna Limor Fried '03, MEng '05, whose pastime — tinkering with electronics — not only gave rise to a profitable company, but also positioned her as a leader of a technology revolution.
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Getting ready for ECSITE tinkering workshop in Gothenburg ...

Getting ready for ECSITE tinkering workshop in Gothenburg ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
The day be focused on an giving an introduction to tinkering activities and sharing ideas about what first steps some museums can take to begin to try these ideas at their institutions. I thought I would share a few scenes from ...
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Do You Learn Better Through Making? | Edspace

Do You Learn Better Through Making? | Edspace | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon.
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The Smithsonian is 3D-scanning its collection for future generations

The Smithsonian is 3D-scanning its collection for future generations | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian has been experimenting with 3D scanning for some time now, using tools like laser arm scanners to map models of whale fossils and other
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3D Printing a Functional Boat with Post-Consumer Milk Jugs

3D Printing a Functional Boat with Post-Consumer Milk Jugs | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Last summer a student organization based out of the University of Washington, WOOF (Washington Open Object Fabricators), successfully created the world’s first 3D Printed Boat. The boat was printed on a large-format Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printer, which was hacked together from a plasma cutter, and prints with post-consumer milk jugs.

 

The plasma cutter, known as “Big Red”, was donated to the group and converted into a printer with a massive 9 x 4 x 3 ft build area. The group had two months to get it functional and enter a boat into Seattle’s Annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby."

 

from source: http://blog.makezine.com

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Are you a Maker? Maker Camp Wants You!

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MAKE is teaming up with Google again for our 2nd annual Maker Camp July 6-Aug. 16—a virtual summer camp that features six weeks of projects, making, field trips, and fun for teens hosted on Google+...

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Living In The Future With The Form Labs Form 1 | TechCrunch

Living In The Future With The Form Labs Form 1 | TechCrunch | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"I’ve been lucky enough to have access to a Form 1 3D printer for the past week and have come away with a better sense of the platform, the way forward of 3D printing in general and Form 1 in particular. In short, the Form 1 is one of the simplest and most usable printers I’ve ever used and, barring a few minor peccadilloes, it is well worth the hype — and price tag." from source: http://techcrunch.com

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Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone, Everywhere | What's Next Blog

"Google has launched (literally) Project Loon because two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.

 

Project Loon starts this month with an experimental pilot in New Zealand, with the launch of 30 balloons which will beam Internet to a small group of pilot testers. The experience of these pilot testers will be used to refine the technology and shape the next phase of Project Loon." from source: http://www.whatsnextblog.com/


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ghbrett's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:30 PM

First there was the idea of low, slow flying solar aircraft with internet radios to provide internet coverage over an area of say, a county. Now Google has upped the stakes with Project Loon. Using balloons at 20Km near the stratosphere in a mesh like network. This network with communicate among the peers in space to stations on the ground that will then spread the internet more widely. I will be curious to see how this progresses. You can find more about the project at:  http://www.google.com/loon/ ;  or watch an tech intro at: http://youtu.be/mcw6j-QWGMo a short informative intro at finally a more general video at:  http://youtu.be/m96tYpEk1Ao

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Twitter / jackiegerstein: If you think kids can't change ...

c/o JackieGerstein, Ed.D: @jackiegerstein: "If you think kid's can't change the world, think again. http://kidsareheroes.org #kidsareheroes #DT @KidsAreHeroes 

 

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Museum: Makerspaces and classes

Museum: Makerspaces and classes | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

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If you are lucky enough to live near one of these museum maker programs, you can take advantage of the classes and community! If not, maybe your school can be the hub of something new!

Vicki Butler's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:06 PM

Check out this organization: makered.org and the museum site.  They have resources available (free) if you cannot make it to the museum.

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Cover Story Hacker Valley Page 1 - Salt Lake City Weekly

Cover Story Hacker Valley Page 1 - Salt Lake City Weekly | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
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As you read this, your son or daughter may be experimenting with basic computer coding and tinkering with Arduino electronics.
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Cool kids in robotics - Inquirer.net

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Cool kids in robotics
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Ramos so enjoyed tinkering with the Lego Mindstorm NXT robotics system that it led to his teaming up with classmates at International School (IS) Manila and winning at robotics competitions.
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Welcome | Make Things Do Stuff

Welcome | Make Things Do Stuff | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Make Things Do Stuff aims to mobilise the next generation of digital makers.

 

The world is becoming increasingly digitised and filled with products that change the way we connect and interact with each other. It is more important than ever to help people use this technology creatively and harness the power of the web for their own means.

 

We want to help people to make the shift from consuming digital technologies, to making and building their own. Because when all kinds of different people start hacking, re-mixing and making things with technology, the possibilities get really interesting.

 

...At Make Things Do Stuff, you will find the support, advice, resources and tools needed to make this leap and get you started on your journey whether you want to make a website, a game an app or a 3D robot. We’re not quite there yet. There are a few projects up in our Find Stuff section now – and we’re going to put up more and more." from source: http://makethingsdostuff.co.uk/

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How and why to teach your kids to code - NBC News.com

How and why to teach your kids to code - NBC News.com | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Whether or not your child grows up to be the next Zuckerberg, programming is a highly useful skill for him or her to learn. It teaches vital problem-solving, creativity, and communication skills. Plus, it can be downright fun for you both. Here are some of the best tried-and-true apps for teaching kids of all ages how to code."

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Kim's Hot Textiles: Sussex Quilters - Tinkering with Tyvek workshop ...

Kim's Hot Textiles: Sussex Quilters - Tinkering with Tyvek workshop ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
I had a great day today teaching at Southwick Community Centre for the Sussex Quilters. The workshop was 'Tinkering with Tyvek'. As usual for my workshops this was a process based day. I think it is important to know what ...
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DIY MakerMovement

DIY MakerMovement | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Arduino | High Power Relays (Arduino | High Power Relays #DIY #Classroom #STEM http://t.co/1eexdkpmUv #Manufacturing #Education #STEM #Engineering #EdChat)...
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Shapeways introduces a soft plastic for 3D printing

Shapeways introduces a soft plastic for 3D printing | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Shapeways, one of the biggest names in 3D printing, is adding a new squishy plastic material called Elasto Plastics to its available printing options. This new material offers some interesting applications for anything wearable, specifically for sandals and other kinds of footwear.

 

The material is off-white in color, and quite a bit more flexible than most other printable materials. Shapeways says that it has a "rough, grainy finish." It is also claimed to be quite strong, as long as it's printed with features greater than 5 mm in thickness."
from source: http://www.gizmag.com/

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3D printing is beginning to expand it's influence and visibility from manfacturing machine parts to replacement human parts, edible objects and now to commodity clothing. One wonders what will be the un-intended consequences of these devices as they become cheaper and the printing materials vary as well.

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