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Stratasys Acquiring MakerBot In $403M Deal, Combined Company Will Likely Dominate 3D Printing Industry | TechCrunch

Stratasys Acquiring MakerBot In $403M Deal, Combined Company Will Likely Dominate 3D Printing Industry | TechCrunch | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Today Stratasys announced that it has acquired MakerBot, as we reported, in a stock deal worth $403 million based on the current share value of Stratasys.
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Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.
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"Outsmart" is the wrong word - flexible and fluid are better.

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MoMA kinetic sculptures with littleBits: Inspiration by Karen Horton - design:related

MoMA kinetic sculptures with littleBits: Inspiration by Karen Horton - design:related | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
MoMA kinetic sculptures with littleBits: Inspiration by Karen Horton - design:related ...
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The Maker's Playlist: 10 TED Talks to feed your tinkering habit

The Maker's Playlist: 10 TED Talks to feed your tinkering habit | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The TEDActive community is made up of a unique group of smart, creative, passionate and quirky individuals. In this segment, we will be curating a special TED Talks playlist for each of the myriad ...
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Iron Man and Other Brilliant Cardboard Sculptures by Kai-Xiang Xhong

Iron Man and Other Brilliant Cardboard Sculptures by Kai-Xiang Xhong | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
20-year-old Taiwanese student Kai-Xiang Xhong has the unique hobby of constructing astonishingly intricate and realistic works of art from cardboard. Recently, Xhong used the humble medium to build a life-size replication of Iron Man that looks every bit like the suit from the movies. Each detail is reproduced perfectly, right down to the glowing chest plate and arms. Between school and other activities, it took Xhong nearly a year to complete the cardboard sculpture, but the results are so impressive that even Tony Stark would be jealous.
Iron Man is only one of the latest of Xhong's brilliant cardboard creations. In his spare time, he constructs a variety of creatures that are equally as intricate and lifelike, from a miniature Optimus Prime to a glowing Godzilla to huge T-rex skulls. Although Xhong prefers to maintain the original texture and color of cardboard, he builds his sculptures as realistically as possible in every other aspect, patiently cutting and assembling each small…
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Attention, Star Trek fans: 3-D printer headed to space station

Attention, Star Trek fans: 3-D printer headed to space station | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
New 3-D printer boldly goes into zero gravity, where no 3-D printer has gone before.
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Dash Robotics

Dash Robotics | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Our flagship robot! Pre-Order today! The Dash kit will cost $69.99.

Beta Dash kit, motors and electronics
Controlled from your iOS smartphone or tablet (See FAQ for list of supported devices)
Access to the Dash Design Forum: Stay connected, and help develop robots!
Choice of color: Blue, Orange, Yellow, or Black 
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3D Printing Helping Bring History Back in Afghanistan

3D Printing Helping Bring History Back in Afghanistan | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
3D printing has been used in a lot of interesting ways over the last few years, from printing food to life saving medical supplies.  Now, the technology is being used to try and restore lost histor...
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Hybrid RepRap/Sewing Machine "Teddy Bear Printer" Takes Yarn as Feedstock

Innovative design retrofits off-the-shelf hardware with "felting print head."
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How To Train Your Robot | Programmieren für alle

How To Train Your Robot | Programmieren für alle | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Last Sunday, I taught six kids of ages 5 to 7 how to program. “In what programming language?” you may ask. Well...I didn’t use a programming language, at least none that you know of. In fact, I did...
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Assistive Technology -- High School Engineering Design Project - TomHeck.com

Assistive Technology -- High School Engineering Design Project - TomHeck.com | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
PROJECT OVERVIEW High school students design appropriate Assistive Technology solutions for elementary students with physical and cognitive disabilities. WHO Ten high school students enrolled in a year-long Computer Science course taught by Joe Speier at the Asheville School , a college preparatory school located in West Asheville. These ten students participated in a special project-based Engineering Design class taught by Tom Heck during the month of May 2014. Working in teams, the Asheville School students designed and and built prototypes of appropriate Assistive Technology solutions for exceptional students enrolled at Hall Fletcher Elementary School (HFE) located in Asheville, NC. The...
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Project Based Learning at Central Public School - YouTube

Learn how Project Based Learning can be implemented and used in an elementary school setting. Contest entry for the Limestone District School Board's Show IT...
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One oven-baked robot to go, please

One oven-baked robot to go, please | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Lots of people make their own robots, and in all sorts of ways, but have you ever heard of anyone baking one in an oven? Researchers at MIT have injected fu...
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Tweet from @lamar_library

Tweet from @lamar_library | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
We make magic 8 balls with @arduino and ask it #HowILibrary? It answers-#LikeABoss #makered #lisdlib #makerspaces pic.twitter.com/YFSjNjwhjO
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MakerBot PrintShop App Lets Anyone Design 3D Models

MakerBot PrintShop App Lets Anyone Design 3D Models | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Introducing MakerBot PrintShop, a fun, easy, and free tablet application for creating and 3D printing all kinds of cool things on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.
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The headline is misleading. Yes it only prints on MakerBots. That's to be expected. It prints 3 specific things (with variations) - rings, bracelets, and text (like nameplates). It's not a "design" app.

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Jennifer Futrell's curator insight, July 2, 10:30 AM

Saw the printer at #ISTE2014. Maker Fun!

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MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch

The Tangible Media Group at MIT's Media Lab has unveiled a futuristic display made of atoms, not pixels.
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Why Dewey would applaud the maker movement in schools: | Confessions from the chair

Why Dewey would applaud the maker movement in schools: | Confessions from the chair | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Charts: Tech's pipeline problem

Charts: Tech's pipeline problem | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley's diversity problems start in the classroom.
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Jennifer Futrell's curator insight, June 24, 1:02 AM

Well, thankfully I never felt that way (as a girl), and I work hard to model  that computing is cool for all students. My Scratch Digital Animation class last school year was 50% female  (4th grade programmers, they are awesome!)  In fact, since I started teaching Scratch in 2008, there have  always been girls in my camps, but sometimes just a few :-(

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Alexandra Lange on 3D printers versus the sewing machine

Alexandra Lange on 3D printers versus the sewing machine | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
3D-printing is not catering to a market that wants something practical and beautiful, says Alexandra Lange.
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Modio App Allows Anyone to Create and 3D Print Toys

Modio App Allows Anyone to Create and 3D Print Toys | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
3D printing toys is no longer just for kids. Last weekend, at the Maker Faire Bay Area, Modio Inc. announced the launch of their new app for iPads. Modio is an easy-to-use app that allows anyone to...
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Lost Tudor Tombs Recreated with 3D Scanning and 3D Printing - 3D Printing Industry

Lost Tudor Tombs Recreated with 3D Scanning and 3D Printing - 3D Printing Industry | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
3D scanning and 3D printing aid in the restoration of the tombs of the royal Tudor family in England.
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Researchers are using 3D printers to make blood vessels - Engadget

Researchers are using 3D printers to make blood vessels - Engadget | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
There has been talk of printing blood vessels for a few years, but it's tricky to make tissue that fits the complex shapes of a human body while remaining effective. However, a research team at Brigham and Women's Hospital ...
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Our Living Room is Now a Family Workshop

Our Living Room is Now a Family Workshop | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“Lets pull this sofa out of here and turn our living room into one big workshop.” My wife, Lisha, said this to me about two weeks ago, only a few days after Maker Faire Bay Area. I loved this idea.
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Mad River guitar-building class rocks | Stand Up for Public Schools

awesome #pbl "@OHschoolboards: Mad River schools guitar-building class makes #STEM education rock http://t.co/ThXdwKnx9z #edchat"
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The best way to get people to accept robots in social jobs? Make them a bit more like people.

The best way to get people to accept  robots in social jobs? Make them a bit more like people. | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
If they're going to be used in social jobs, new research suggests they need more human traits.
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Heeeeeere's Jimmy: Intel's 3-D Printed Robot Will Hit the Market Later This Year

Heeeeeere's Jimmy: Intel's 3-D Printed Robot Will Hit the Market Later This Year | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The chip company shows off its open source robot that can talk, dance and tweet.
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