Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
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6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs About Intelligence

6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs About Intelligence | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
They’re more likely to avoid games meant for “really, really smart” children.
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An Interview with Michael Eden: Master of Ceramics and 3D Printing

An Interview with Michael Eden: Master of Ceramics and 3D Printing | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Michael Eden is a designer and a researcher working wit …
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e-Textiles-in-a-Box

e-Textiles-in-a-Box | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Use the e-Textiles-in-a-Box tutorial and get ready to teach young people about electronics and computing. Based on the Computational Textiles Curriculum and Sew Electric from MIT, e-Textiles-in-a-Box provides instructions for sewing soft circuits and programming an Arduino microprocessor on the way to creating a bookmark book light and an interactive felt monster that lights up and sings. NCWIT is pleased to offer e-Textiles-in-a-Box in cooperation with the MIT High-Low Tech Group, and with funding from the National Science Foundation.
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Free 122 page PDF for getting started with e-textiles. Sew soft circuits and learn programming with fun projects!
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The culture of engineering does not take women seriously

The culture of engineering does not take women seriously | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Isolation and ‘blatant sexual harassment’ among the issues reported by female engineering scholars, writes Brian Rubineau
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This study reveals why the gender wage gap explodes when women hit their 30s

This study reveals why the gender wage gap explodes when women hit their 30s | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
There’s a stunning gender divide among who gets promoted to management.
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A new study shows how Star Trek jokes and geek culture make women feel unwelcome in computer science

A new study shows how Star Trek jokes and geek culture make women feel unwelcome in computer science | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
As a high school sophomore in the 1990s, I took a mandatory computer science class that had a reputation for being difficult. The word among girls was that the only students who did well in the course were the “Dungeons & Dragons boys.” A very nice teacher taught the class. But he often reinforce
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Kindergarten Teachers Are Partly to Blame for the Gender Gap in STEM

Kindergarten Teachers Are Partly to Blame for the Gender Gap in STEM | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
There's someone else to consider when thinking about solutions to the STEM gender gap: teachers.
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Elementary Teachers' Reflections on Design Failures and Use of Fail Words after Teaching Engineering for Two Years (Fundamental): American Society for Engineering Education

Elementary Teachers' Reflections on Design Failures and Use of Fail Words after Teaching Engineering for Two Years (Fundamental): American Society for Engineering Education | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Executives Say Women in STEM Jobs Help the Bottom Line

Executives Say Women in STEM Jobs Help the Bottom Line | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Although 63 percent of executives say having women in science, technology, engineering and math roles at their company helps them be more profitable, 30 percent say their organization does not require that women are part of their recruitment pool.
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Launching a New Phase of Research for Agency by Design: Exploring Documentation and Assessment Strategies for the Maker-Centered Classroom | Agency by Design

Launching a New Phase of Research for Agency by Design: Exploring Documentation and Assessment Strategies for the Maker-Centered Classroom | Agency by Design | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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The Promises, Practices, and Pedagogies of Maker-Centered Learning: An Updated Preview of the Findings from the Agency by Design Project | Agency by Design

The Promises, Practices, and Pedagogies of Maker-Centered Learning: An Updated Preview of the Findings from the Agency by Design Project | Agency by Design | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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CAD Is a Lie: Generative Design to the Rescue

Discover how, with generative design, computers can “learn” a designer’s project goals and collaborate to create products never before possible.
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3D Prints for Teachers of the Visually Impaired

3D Prints for Teachers of the Visually Impaired | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Visually impaired students can make great use of 3D prints to learn just about any subject, but their teachers need help making good models.
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LEGO Foundation LEGO Foundation - Research & Learning - Research publications - The Whole Child Development Guide

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More than 80 percent of tech founders still have no formal plans to promote diversity

More than 80 percent of tech founders still have no formal plans to promote diversity | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
And that’s a problem.
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Women putting work first ‘still held back in STEM careers’

Women putting work first ‘still held back in STEM careers’ | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that women who chose to put their STEM career before their family life have not gained the same benefits that men have
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TurtleStitch - Index

TurtleStitch - Index | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
TurtleStitch is based on a browser-based
educational programming language (Snap!) to generate patterns for embroidery
machines. It is easy to use, requiring no prior knowledge in programming,
yet powerful in creating nowels patterns for embroidery. It is usefull
for designers to experiment with generative aesthetics and precision
embroidery as well as tool for innovative workshops combining an
introduction to programing with haptic output.
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Women engineers describe unfriendly work environments in study

Women engineers describe unfriendly work environments in study | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
A new study examines how implicit biases in engineering workplaces may be driving women away.
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To Close Gender Gap In Spatial Tasks, Change Perspective

To Close Gender Gap In Spatial Tasks, Change Perspective | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Adding figures of people to classic tests of spatial perception significantly closed gender gaps, a new study finds.
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So this is another version of the fact that minor issues with tests can have major impacts. Just framing the question differently affects test outcomes. But more importantly, a "gap" is not a deficiency. What if it's a more powerful mindset to view shapes differently, instead of out of context tasks to be solved? What if you reframe this not as a gap where girls need to fixed, but an indication of alternate problem-solving styles?
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NPR When Women Stopped Coding in 1980’s: As we repeat the same mistakes

NPR When Women Stopped Coding in 1980’s: As we repeat the same mistakes | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The NPR Planet Money segment cited below is excellent.  I’m really glad that they reached out to Jane Margolis and Telle Whitney to get the history right. The question that they don’t address in the segment is, “Why did the classes get so much harder in the mid-1980’s that only the boys who were playing with PCs could…
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The big reason women drop out of engineering isn’t in class

The big reason women drop out of engineering isn’t in class | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The number of women enrolling in engineering school has increased steadily over the past four decades but the number of women working as engineers hasn’t kept pace.
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Why Do So Many Women Who Study Engineering Leave the Field?

Research shows that class projects and internships reinforce a masculine culture.
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This Popular Math Class May Be At The Heart Of The STEM Gender Gap

This Popular Math Class May Be At The Heart Of The STEM Gender Gap | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Addressing the problem with Calculus I could trigger a sea change in the field, researchers say.
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Makerspaces aim to revolutionize classroom experience

There is a resurgence across the globe and in local schools to bring tools back into the hands of students.
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