Tinkering and Innovating in Education
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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/

 

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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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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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Tinkering with John Seely Brown

"Tinkering with John Seely Brown - an interview


"Power of Play
> The construct most overlooked by the 21st century is the power and importance of play. How do I take an idea and play with it, tinker with it, own it?


> You need to learn that not everything works, most things don’t. If the first thing that happens to you when something doesn’t work is that it frightens you, then you’re not going to be very willing to embrace change BUT


> if you realize that things don’t work (which is almost always) you can figure out how to tinker with things and absorb what happens. Often when you are tinkering it doesn’t make perfect logic sense, it’s something you begin to feel in your hands as much as your mind.


> Tinkering brings thoughts and action together in very powerful, magic ways." from source: http://learnstreaming.com/

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The concept of playing or tinkering with an idea is an important one. There are often instances where resources are in short supply and one has to figure out how to make do. For me my tool kit included duct tape and coat hangers to keep an old car running. Fourth gear was held in place with a coat hanger bent to fit. Adults may refer to this concept as problem solving, day dreaming, or getting the job done. John Seely Brown is a great speaker and this is an interesting interview worth watching.

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littleBits

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littleBits is an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning and fun&...
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Electronic kits and modules are part of the new wave of MAKING or Tinkering. This is a worthwhile read.

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Flickr: Gever Tulley's Tinkering School

Flickr: Gever Tulley's  Tinkering School | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

Gever Tulley's Flickr photos from his Tinkering School workshops.

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Gever's talk on T.E.D. was the first in a long time that I had heard some one talk about tinkering. I remember my Grandfathers workshop with tools and materials to build mostly boats since he lived on a lake. Since then I have continued tinkering with objects, ideas, art, technology, education and training.

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MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone - Buy Direct (Official Site)

MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone - Buy Direct (Official Site) | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"MaKey MaKey: Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone

 

... "We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits. We believe that the whole world is a construction kit, if we choose to see it that way.

 

We are inspired by the Maker Movement. We want to help people start to think of themselves as Makers and agents of change. When you have the "Maker's Mindset," you know you can change the world."" from source: http://makeymakey.com/

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Makey Makey can be compared to a 21rst century Erector Set. An Erector Set with nuts, bolts, steel strips in various shapes with holes in them allowed the builder to create amazing things. Makey Makey does the same with digital technology. You can build, create, design, prototype amazing things. Their web site shows how an eight year old girl invented and created a virtual piece of wood to be cut with a real knife. Or how about making a piano from bananas? Check it out!

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Tinkering School: Think, Make, Tinker!

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"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)."

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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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