Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
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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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Introducing GP: A General Purpose Block Language

Introducing GP: A General Purpose Block Language | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
GP is a new blocks-based programming language being developed by John Maloney (most well-known for developing Scratch), Jens Mönig (developer of Snap!), and Yoshiki Ohshima (one of the developers of Squeak EToys) in Alan Kay's group. They are all part of the new partnership between Alan Kay and Y-Combinator Research: HARC (Human Advancement Research Community).…
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The Ten Principles | Realizing the Potential for Learning in Middle Adolescence

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Girls more anxious about mathematics, STEM subjects compared to boys

Girls more anxious about mathematics, STEM subjects compared to boys | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Global studies have shown that women are underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and fields. Even in countries with higher gender equality, sex differences in math and technical scores persist. Now, using international data, a team of psychologists from the University of Missouri, the University of California-Irvine and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, have determined that, overall, girls experience negative emotions about mathematics that can result in avoidance of math topics.
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Science Teachers Need More Training to Get Ready for Next Generation Standards

Science Teachers Need More Training to Get Ready for Next Generation Standards | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Very few K-12 science teachers have the experience needed to teach the science and engineering practices described in the Next Generation Science Standards, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
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There's no such thing as a 'male brain' or 'female brain,' and scientists have the scans to prove it

There's no such thing as a 'male brain' or 'female brain,' and scientists have the scans to prove it | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Do you have a male brain or a female brain? The answer, according to science, is no.
If you didn’t expect this to be a yes-or-no question, you’re not alone. Male brains do seem to be built differently than female brains. An analysis of more than 100 studies found that the volume of a man’s brain...
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The remarkably different answers men and women give when asked who’s the smartest in the class

The remarkably different answers men and women give when asked who’s the smartest in the class | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a persistent gender bias in classrooms.
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Jay Silver's 2016 Personal Statement: The Maker Manifesto (EdSurge News)

Jay Silver's 2016 Personal Statement: The Maker Manifesto (EdSurge News) | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it

arEditor’s Note: ‘Tis the trendy season for trends, to reflect on 2015 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. This year, we asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college a

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Jay Silver, co-inventor of the MaKey MaKey, shares thoughts about making and education, that making is about making sense of the world, not about the stuff. Process over product.

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Paper Mechatronics | creating high-low tech kits to promote engineering

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Parents: Reject Technology Shame

Parents: Reject Technology Shame | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The advantages of helping kids learn to navigate the digital world, rather than shielding them from it
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This is some important data points. Although it's a shame that talking to your kids and doing stuff with them (not TO them) is considered revolutionary parenting...

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Even With Hard Evidence Of Gender Bias In STEM Fields, Men Don’t Believe It’s Real

Even With Hard Evidence Of Gender Bias In STEM Fields, Men Don’t Believe It’s Real | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The first step to solving the problem of bias against women in STEM is admitting it exists.
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This Engineer Is 3D Printing a New Future for Kenya

This Engineer Is 3D Printing a New Future for Kenya | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Roy Kenyan engineer Roy Ombatti set out to 3D print custom shoes for those who had suffered from deforming jigger infections. But once he embarked on his entrepreneurial journey, he began to see that shoes were only the beginning of what 3D printing could do for his people. Now, he’s on a mission to encourage Kenyans to think differently about their problems—and how this empowering tool might help them produce creative solutions.

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Roy is a Stanford FabLearn Fellow - I've been working with them for the past year and am delighted to see Roy get some attention for the amazing work he does.

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Tinkering+With+Failure_FabLearn_2015.compressed.pdf

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Tinkering with “Failure”: Equity, Learning, and the Iterative Design Process (a FabLearn 2015 paper)

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Culturally Relevant Computer Science

Culturally Relevant Computer Science | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Schools across the country will launch AP Computer Science Principles. The course introduces students to the "foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world." I've been asked to develop new curriculum and teach it to 11th and 12th graders next fall. The AP® Program advises that each individual school…
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Ethereal Sculptures and Wearable Orbs Formed From Synthetic Fabric by Mariko Kusumoto

Ethereal Sculptures and Wearable Orbs Formed From Synthetic Fabric by Mariko Kusumoto | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Japanese artist Mariko Kusumoto uses translucent fabric to produce balloon-like objects, orbs that contain various forms trapped within their soft exterior. The creations inside range from smaller versions of the spherical sculptures to sea creatures and cars, playful forms that fit the bright c
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More Female Math and Science Teachers Increase Likelihood Girls Pursue STEM

More Female Math and Science Teachers Increase Likelihood Girls Pursue STEM | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
White female students are more likely to pursue STEM fields in college if they attended a high school with a high proportion of female math and science teachers, according to a recent study. The results were not as conclusive for black female students.
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A new survey explains one big reason there are so few women in technology

A new survey explains one big reason there are so few women in technology | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
It's tons of harassment and discrimination.
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A phony STEM shortage and the scandal of engineering visas -- how American jobs get outsourced

A phony STEM shortage and the scandal of engineering visas -- how American jobs get outsourced | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Leo Perrero had worked for the Walt Disney Co. in Orlando for more than 10 years, helping to run the point-of-sale systems at Walt Disney World and its other local parks, until late 2014. That's when he learned that his job, like 300 others, was going to be turned over to a foreign worker within...
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Beyond Consenting Nerds: Lateral Design Patterns For New Manufacturing

Beyond Consenting Nerds: Lateral Design Patterns For New Manufacturing | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
On 17 November 2015 I was so happy to give my long awaited public lecture to formally get installed as a Research Professor at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. After a long day of workshop…
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A very important piece of work on the maker movement's place in history and potential future impact on culture, manufacturing, and of course, education.

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Raspberry Pi or Arduino? One Simple Rule to Choose the Right Board | Make:

Raspberry Pi or Arduino? One Simple Rule to Choose the Right Board | Make: | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
With so many amazing projects being done with both boards, it can be difficult to know which is right for you. Read on to make your decision.
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This is a pretty good rule of thumb.

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One Reason MIT Isn't Getting Maker Portfolios from Women: It's in the Comments | Make:

One Reason MIT Isn't Getting Maker Portfolios from Women: It's in the Comments | Make: | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Internet culture plays a huge role in discouraging some female Makers from sharing their projects.
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Smartphones, iPads okay for developing children, with guidance

Smartphones, iPads okay for developing children, with guidance | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
In something of a stunning reversal , the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its stance on the potential harm devices can do to developing children.
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