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PBS's How We Got To Now Reveals How Tinkerers Changed Our Lives

PBS's How We Got To Now Reveals How Tinkerers Changed Our Lives | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
This new six-part series premieres at 9/8c on Wednesday, October 15.
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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
elatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works
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It's so lazy to say that "...relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works." I'm glad this study is positive, but how about situating it in DECADES of research that PBL is effective? Is it just easier or flashier to continually claim that something is "NEW!!!"?

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Video: Cirque du Soleil Does Its Thing… With Drones | TechCrunch

Video: Cirque du Soleil Does Its Thing… With Drones | TechCrunch | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Cirque du Soleil is known for doing incredible things with the human body. Now they're doing incredible things with quadcopters.
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The Fab Lab Life Cycle; Report of the FAB10 workshops; Pieter van der…

The Fab Lab Life Cycle; Report of the FAB10 Workshops; Pieter van der Hijden* & Beno Juarez** with help from Enrico Bassi, Klaas Hernamdt, Massimo Menichinelli…
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Gorgeous 3D printed Prosthetic Born of Boredom

Gorgeous 3D printed Prosthetic Born of Boredom | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Evan Kuester, like many students, found his course work to be less than inspiring. However, he did have access to some really cool tools, such as a large 3D printer that started his mind wandering....
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Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Illustrator and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi designed a modular system for creating edible chocolate LEGO bricks. Chocolate is first poured into precisely designed moulds that after cooling can be popped out and used as regular LEGOs. It's hard to determine exactly how functional the
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15 Year Old Invents Device That Generates Electricity While You Walk

15 Year Old Invents Device That Generates Electricity While You Walk | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
15-year-old Angelo Casimiro from the Philippines recently made international news with a new invention that generates electricity in a very new…
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John Parker's curator insight, August 15, 5:17 AM

What will your students invent this year?

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Sketch It Make It: Design for 3D printers, Laser Cutters, and CNC Routers using sketch recognition on a free iPad app.

Sketch It Make It: Design for 3D printers, Laser Cutters, and CNC Routers using sketch recognition on a free iPad app. | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Try Sketch It Make It, an easy, free iPad drawing app for laser cutter projects and 3D printing using sketch recognition.
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Where do college graduates work?

Where do college graduates work? | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
This interactive dataviz from the U.S. Census Bureau allows you to explore the relationship between college majors and occupations. http://go.usa.gov/XQxP
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Making, 3D Printing a Part of Egypt's Change > ENGINEERING.com

Making, 3D Printing a Part of Egypt's Change > ENGINEERING.com | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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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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Engaging Girls in STEM | National Girls Collaborative Project

Engaging Girls in STEM | National Girls Collaborative Project | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The National Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
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A collection of reports and research on engaging girls in STEM, both in formal and informal educational settings.

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Why Students Leave STEM

Why Students Leave STEM | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
To keep women and people of color engaged in STEM, let's ignite an early passion for these topics, provide mentors and role models, and emphasize subject relevance.
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LEGO Foundation LEGO Foundation - Research & Learning - Research & Learning

LEGO Foundation LEGO Foundation - Research & Learning - Research & Learning | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

How do Unschoolers Turn Out? | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Unschoolers weigh in on how their lives have evolved, including college, career, and overall happiness.
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Charting the 'Hype Cycle': Internet of Things, Wearables, 3D Printing at the 'peak of inflated expectations' - GeekWire

Charting the 'Hype Cycle': Internet of Things, Wearables, 3D Printing at the 'peak of inflated expectations' - GeekWire | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The "Hype Cycle." Source Gartner Here at GeekWire we spend a lot of time covering cool innovations, but even we get tired of the hype that sometimes builds
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3ders.org - MIT’s Fab By Example lets you quickly create, 3D print thousands of complicated designs | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - MIT’s Fab By Example lets you quickly create, 3D print thousands of complicated designs | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Now, a team led by researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed
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Teach the Whole Family to Code: MIT Media Lab Family Creative Learning Guide

Teach the Whole Family to Code: MIT Media Lab Family Creative Learning Guide | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Ricarose Roque and colleagues at MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Lab have released lesson plans and materials for a five workshop series introducing kids and parents into computing and maker culture.
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A Soft-Materials 3D Printer from Carnegie Mellon and Disney

A Soft-Materials 3D Printer from Carnegie Mellon and Disney | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
When I think of 3D printing, I think of objects that are hard, made of plastic, metal, or some synthetic material. I imagine there will be a lot of soft products made with 3D printers, but I was curious how they might be made. Recently a new kind of printer produced by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney is printing soft things. Their printer turns woolen yarns into objects. The actual printer looks a lot like a sewing
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Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools

Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Schools are gaining access to the high-powered geographical information system software that enables detailed mapping and analysis of data. Learn how they are using it to teach students.
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Some real opportunities for location-based physical computing, where objects can react to where they are in the world. #makered #iot

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Using 3D-Bioprinting for Artificial Bones > ENGINEERING.com

Using 3D-Bioprinting for Artificial Bones > ENGINEERING.com | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Research team demonstrates technique that could replace conventional bone grafts in the operating room
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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, 1:30 PM

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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