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Makerspaces in Education and DARPA

Makerspaces in Education and DARPA | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"...  In 2011, Saul Griffith and I, representing Otherlab and O’Reilly Media’s MAKE division, respectively, learned that DARPA selected our MENTOR proposal to bring the practices of making into education and extend the maker movement into schools. The new tools and methods of collaboration that are shared within the maker community need to be brought to schools, and it was going to take a major effort to make this happen. Our program would encourage schools to engage more kids in making by creating makerspaces and providing access to these tools for student projects, and use Maker Faire to showcase more work from students. We announced the program early in 2012 on makerspace.com." from source:  http://blog.makezine.com

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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/

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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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A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - iLibrarian

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - iLibrarian | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Here are some excellent resources for anyone thinking about setting up a makerspace in their organization.


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Report: Future K-12 Education Assessments Must Help Improve Teaching and ... - PR Newswire (press release)

"A high-level, 30-member commission of educators and thought leaders formed to examine the future of education and its assessment issued a report today calling upon state and federal policymakers to commit to a long-term effort to develop assessments that place greater emphasis on providing timely and valuable information to students and teachers."

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Raspberry Pi - retro computer of the future - E&T magazine

Raspberry Pi - retro computer of the future - E&T magazine | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

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Raspberry Pi - retro computer of the future

Since the launch last February, geeks and tinkermen all over the world have gobbled up over a million Pis for their DIY computer projects.

 

A Raspberry Pi computer looks like a PC motherboard and uses the sort of microchips usually found in mobile phones. It uses Broadcom SoC; a 700MHz ARM11 processor handles basic computations – inputs, outputs and calculations; and there's also a Videocore 4 graphics processing unit. These processors combine processing and multimedia capability into a small shell. They don't use too much power too quickly and keep the computer relatively cool.

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Here's an inexpensive platform for students as well as geeks and tinkermen to experiment and make with.

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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/

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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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The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products In 2013

The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products In 2013 | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Near the end of 2012, a group of us at Ziba got together to review what we’d learned over the course of the year. Working with dozens of clients who serve customers around the world, we designers spend a lot of time observing people as they interact with technology, services, and experiences, noticing how they seek solutions to everyday problems and make decisions. In the process, certain patterns emerge so forcefully that they’re practically unavoidable.

 

Meeting over three sessions spread out over a week, 23 Zibites (designers, researchers, and creative directors) discussed the patterns we’d seen, and distilled them down to the 12 insights we thought were most current and useful, to us and to our clients. Each one is presented here, as a brief essay that suggests how it will affect business practices in 2013, and as an illustration created by one of Ziba’s designers." - from Source: http://www.fastcodesign.com

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This article is a really good read because the twelve insights are not just about design, retail or marketing. They deal with services and innovation. I believe this article will be relevant to people in education, training, innovation,and tinkering.

 

The twelve insight titles are below. Each includes a brief description, some have graphics to support the insight.
1. The Mind Is A Competitive Environment.
2. Customer-Facing Employees Are Your Brain And Your Backbone.
3. Analog Will Never Go Away.
4. Worth Is Determined By Philosophy, Not Price.
5. Narrative Is A Delivery Vehicle To Make Information Stick.
6. Repair And Repurpose Are The New Killer Apps.
7. Technology Moves Too Fast To Care About.
8. Flawless Function Is Tomorrow’s Great User Experience.
9. Brand Loyalty Is How We Escape Decision Fatigue.
10. Human Interaction Has Never Been More Precious.
11. Gen Y Is Creating Its Own Service Economy
12. Everyone Is A Specialist.

 

As you can see there is a mix of focal points. As I said before from service to objects. From story telling, training, collaborating, to designing, making and repurposing stuff.


My Thanks to Ziba for this insightful article. [ http://www.ziba.com ]

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Hanji - Scooping up the Moonlight

Hanji - Scooping up the Moonlight | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

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Mike Marion's comment below is a good one. Once upon a time I was involved with paper making and enjoyed it very much. This should be interesting.

 

By the way if you live near Washington, DC. Right now there is a showing of Ellsworth Kelley's paper art. See: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/kelly.shtm

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Mike Marinos's curator insight, February 21, 2013 5:40 AM

If you are at all interested in papermaking get this film.  It is available with English subtitles.

 

Deftly written and directed by Im Kwon-Taek it weaves personal tradegy with attempting to revive traditional Korean papermaking and along the way has a poke at contemporary Korean culture, has a few gentle laughs and resolves in a very human way - and has quite a lot of papermaking - most importantly.

 

 

http://asianwiki.com/Hanji_(2011-Korean_Movie)

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This 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw Sculptures in Midair

This 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw Sculptures in Midair | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
3Doodler, a 3D-printing pen, allows users to draw three-dimensional objects in the air or on surfaces.

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Teen Creates 3D Printed, Brain-Powered Prosthetic Arm

Teen Creates 3D Printed, Brain-Powered Prosthetic Arm | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Seventeen-year-old Easton LaChappelle has created a 3D printed robotic prosthetic arm controlled by brainwaves that he hopes will bring an affordable, functional artificial limb to the masses. Oh, ...

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This is an amazing feat of design, making, and tinkering. Thanks Easton.

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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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Maker Faire - Wikipedia

Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset".

Flagship Maker Faires are held in San Mateo, California, Detroit and New York. The New York Maker Faire is also known as "World Maker Faire".[1]

Upcoming Maker Faires[2]

"Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset"."  -- from the source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

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 Attending one of these events would certainly introduce one to tinkering and making. The results could be creating your own local Maker Faire or setup a MakerPlace.

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John Seely Brown: Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production

www.johnseelybrown.com "I am what I create" says John Seely Brown addressing the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - Stanford, CA, Oct. 23-...
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Some thoughts from this video:  Tinkering takes imagination and one builds something. A new challenge education learning environment is "peer learning". These processes lead to constructive criticism which can lead to a skill for life long learning as well as used in the workspace. Looking forward to an open source world where I can take ideas from the net, re-purpose it, and then share it back with the community on the net -- sharing. Worth the 10 minutes to stop and think about his vision of a new world -- tinkering, peer learning, and sharing.

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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/

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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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Here comes 4D Printing. Seriously. | 3D Printer

Here comes 4D Printing. Seriously. | 3D Printer | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"It follows that with a domain name like 3Dprinter.net that we disseminate information relating to 3D printing, but we’re not going to let the name of the site stop us from keeping with the times. 3D printing came after 2D printing, so where will printing go from here? 4D printing, naturally.

 

While working in the fourth dimension is often associated with manipulating time, you don’t need a flux capacitor for 4D printing. What 4D printing is about is self assembly — materials whose geometries are designed in a way to convert energy into form, and that energy doesn’t have to be specifically directed at making the form come about as with most manufacturing methodologies, like a robotic arm precisely positioning components to be followed by another specific weld job. Rather, with 4D printing, objects can assemble themselves with indirect energy and inputs, such as heat, moisture, motion, and electromagnetism. So for example, the pieces that make up a pair of headphones could be shipped to you as a few flat pieces in a normal envelope, and you just toss them in a box, give ‘em a quick Shake ‘n Bake jostle, and Alakazam you’ve got a new pair of headphones that required no Chinese child labor or expensive shipping fees." from source: http://www.3dprinter.net

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A 3-D Pen That Lets You Draw Objects in the Air

A 3-D Pen That Lets You Draw Objects in the Air | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
  via CNN We're all doodlers by nature. Give most people a pen, paper and some down time, and they'll fill the margins with the fruits of their imagination. But imagine if you could wave a pen...
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Pre-teen tiny house builder finds joy in composting toilets, bubble insulation - Mother Nature Network (blog)

Pre-teen tiny house builder finds joy in composting toilets, bubble insulation - Mother Nature Network (blog) | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Mother Nature Network (blog) Pre-teen tiny house builder finds joy in composting toilets, bubble insulation Mother Nature Network (blog) Inspired by Kirsten Dirksen's full-length documentary “We the Tiny House People” and the handiwork of DIY...
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This is a thought provoking article. An amazing story about collaboration, scrounging, financing, making, environmental awareness, education and personal satisfaction. A lot of information rolled up here in this project by a 12 year old girl in Georgia, USA.

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Maker Faire Announces the 8th Annual Bay Area Event, May 18 & 19, 2013 - Marketwire (press release)

Maker Faire Announces the 8th Annual Bay Area Event, May 18 & 19, 2013 - Marketwire (press release) | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Maker Faire Announces the 8th Annual Bay Area Event, May 18 & 19, 2013 Marketwire (press release) Maker Faire will bring makers together with attendees excited about creating, building, playing, and learning to share and show their incredible...
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If you are in the Bay area and interesting in Tinkering, Making, or learning about such -- then you should really participate in this event.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 3 Awesome Apps for Teachers to Create their Own Apps

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 3 Awesome Apps for Teachers to Create their Own Apps | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"I have been doing a lot of apps review here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but I have never posted about the tools you as teachers and educators can use to create your own apps. Just lower your eyebrows down, you can do it without any coding knowledge. Of course Android and Apple do provide tech savyy guys with the tools necessary to create their own apps but for us who know nothing about SDK and app development skills, platforms like the ones below will serve the purpose. You can create your app in less than a minute and the process is completely free." - from the Source: 

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This article introduces teachers to three applications that will permit them and their students to innovate and tinker with programming to create their own applications. There are well known people who say that programming should be a part of every educational curriculum. Well, here's a second step.  I think Logo and Mindstorms rank among the first that have been used in schools for a long time.

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Aimee Lee, Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking

Aimee Lee, Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

This single page describes Aimee Lee's book based on her experiences spending time on a Fullbright Scholarship in Korea exploring the making and the uses of Hanji, Korean hand made paper. 

 

More about Aimee Lee at:

 http://aimeelee.net/   and

 http://moonaimee.blogspot.com/

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Did you know you can make paper at home with a food blender, a baking pan a couple inches deep, and some window screen? Well the Hanji process takes that siimple idea to a much deeper and broader application. Aimee Lee has written the first book in English to explore, explain, and share the sources & wonder of Hanji. It is on my bucket list.

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Thanks to Mike Marinos' Scoop.it at http://www.scoop.it/t/paper-horizon
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Transmaterial — MATERIALS THAT REDEFINE OUR PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

Transmaterial — MATERIALS THAT REDEFINE OUR PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"As the speed of technological progress continues to accelerate, innovation threatens to outpace architects’ and designers’ working knowledge of materials thereby limiting their applicability. In order to stay at the cutting edge of design, a knowledge of the uses, properties, and sources of new materials is essential. A companion to the Transmaterial books written by Blaine Brownell and published by Princeton Architectural Press, Transmaterial online is intended to be a clear, concise, accessible, and carefully edited resource that provides information about the latest and most intriguing materials commercially available." - from source: http://transmaterial.net/

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This is an exciting blog about new materials and those included in Blaine Brownell's books. This is a site worth keeping an eye on. Can't say much else, but perhaps: Brilliant or Wow!

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Palm-sized Quadcopter, the flying development kit | GeekBoy.it

Palm-sized Quadcopter, the flying development kit | GeekBoy.it | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"A Swedish company called Bitcraze may just of provided the tool to scratch my itch! A tiny quadcopter called the Crazyflie Nano, that fits into the palm of your hand and comes as a kit.

 

Designed with home assembly in mind, once ordered you must mount and solder the motors. Being open source, you can easily expand the capabilities of the quadcopter to include features like an on-board camera / microphone. It’s basically a flying development board. It has a Flight time up to 7 minutes with standard 170mAh Li-Po battery." from Source: http://geekboy.it

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These tiny quadcopters are amazing. I have watched YouTube! videos of the mobility of these. A Dutch research group have programmed four to work together with a net to autonomously capture or toss a ball in the air. Note that this is also an Open Source kit! I want one -- someday!

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These tiny quadcopters are amazing. I have watched YouTube! videos of the mobility of these. A Dutch research group have programmed four to work together with a net to autonomously capture or toss a ball in the air. Note that this is also an Open Source kit! I want one -- someday!

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Arduino

Arduino | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"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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MakerPlace - Home

MakerPlace - Home | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"San Diego's premiere membership based work space."

 

"We’ll provide the tools, software and space…you bring the creativity, innovation and imagination." -- from the source: http://www.makerplace.com/

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This is an amazing resource. It's a shame that it is so far away from where I am.

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