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Getting Excited About Engineering with Super-Awesome Sylvia

Getting Excited About Engineering with Super-Awesome Sylvia | Young Makers | Scoop.it
The girl who made making things fun on her web shows has a book explaining engineering and coding projects.
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Always inspired by this cool young woman

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5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers

5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers | Young Makers | Scoop.it

1. Making creates authentic experiences for learning.


2. Making deepens social and emotional skills. 


3. Making is not just limited to science, tech, engineering or math (STEM).


4. Making teaches kids how to fail. 


5. Making is accessible to anyone.


Learn more:



http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/




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  Heres to less consuming and more making!

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Well Connected Mom's curator insight, October 17, 12:21 PM

Some great resources at the bottom of this article for your kids to learn code. #STEM

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Are your kids makers?

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So many of my student like to keep their hands and/or bodies moving.  They become engaged .

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Elon Musk is the true successor to Steve Jobs

Elon Musk is the true successor to Steve Jobs | Young Makers | Scoop.it
He might even be on his own level of greatness.
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Maniacal focus on quality and willingness to take the big risk for what you believe in
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Visual Model of the Creative Process

Visual Model of the Creative Process | Young Makers | Scoop.it

An visual mapping the entire creative process  


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Reflect-Make-Observe.  Helpful visualization of the creative process compared to scientific process, design process and others.

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Kids still getting too much screen time, experts say

Kids still getting too much screen time, experts say | Young Makers | Scoop.it
Three-quarters of children aged 12 to 15 spend more than the recommended amount of time watching TV and using a computer each day
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Technology is of course an amazing tool but we need more making less consuming.

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Maker Education and Experiential Education | Le...

Maker Education and Experiential Education | Le... | Young Makers | Scoop.it
As those who follow me on Twitter and via this blog know, I am an advocate of the Maker Education movement. The reason, as I've mentioned, is that I come from a background in Experiential Educatio...
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The First White House Maker Faire

The First White House Maker Faire | Young Makers | Scoop.it
On June 18, the President is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire. -> Learn more wh.gov/maker-faire
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Lets all support Makers this Wed June 18th as the White House hosts its first Official Makers Faire

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Verizon Commercial 2014 | Inspire Her Mind | Verizon Wireless - YouTube

Subscribe to Verizon Wireless: http://po.st/qyZodD Verizon is working with Makers.com and the Verizon Foundation to #InspireHerMind and encourage more girls ... (#STEM jobs have 300% growth yet only 10% of parents encourage girls to try engineering.
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12 games that teach kids to code -- and are even fun, too ...

12 games that teach kids to code -- and are even fun, too ... | Young Makers | Scoop.it
Coding is a big deal right now. Worldwide, 36 million kids have taken part in “Hour of code” activities, helping them become active, rather than passive users of technology and starting learning that might one day help secure a ...
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Meet the Exhibitors in the 2014 White House Science Fair - The White House (blog)

Meet the Exhibitors in the 2014 White House Science Fair - The White House (blog) | Young Makers | Scoop.it
The White House (blog) Meet the Exhibitors in the 2014 White House Science Fair The White House (blog) Elana's results were published in the top journal Science, and formed a basis for a new website, the Fibrolamellar Registry, which she built to...
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Adam Savage's 10 Commandments of Making

Every year, Adam gives a speech at the Bay Area Maker Faire. He's talked about intrinsic need for makers to build things, and how to work smart on projects. This year talk are his 10 tips for...
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The Top 10 Toys That Kindle Creativity - Forbes

The Top 10 Toys That Kindle Creativity - Forbes | Young Makers | Scoop.it
The Top 10 Toys That Kindle Creativity
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Think of how many of the world's most innovative companies were started in garages. 1. Roominate ...
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TinkerBots Wants to Help Kids Make Colorful Robots That Learn (Video) - Re/code

TinkerBots Wants to Help Kids Make Colorful Robots That Learn (Video) - Re/code | Young Makers | Scoop.it
TinkerBots Wants to Help Kids Make Colorful Robots That Learn (Video)
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TinkerBots is one of a bunch of new smart toys that challenge kids (or adults, too) to think creatively and build systems that actually do something.
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Parents May Matter a Lot More Than Schools for Getting Kids Into Science

Parents May Matter a Lot More Than Schools for Getting Kids Into Science | Young Makers | Scoop.it
There's only so much schools — even good ones — can do.
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Another great reason to support Young Makers organizations.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 3, 10:43 PM

Parents set the table for what children learn in school and outside. The more involved and engaged parents are in their children's learning, the more likely they are to succeed. I used parents frequently as full partners in pedagogic work.

 

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Playtesting (and you’re invited!)

Playtesting (and you’re invited!) | Young Makers | Scoop.it
Ninth weeknote


Many of you have asked for an update on the shipping schedule. Here are the bad news: the book is going to be delayed.


How much? I don’t know yet exactly. I’ve been working on a deal with a publisher to handle the printing and distribution of the book, which would allow me to focus on the thing I do best: expand Ruby’s universe. These things are gigantic, slow, not unlike glaciers but as soon as I have details, I’ll let you know. I know this is very disappointing to you all and I’m very sorry. (Especially because I know many of you have birthdays and other special events planned for the little receiver of the book - if this is the case, drop me a line!)


The silver lining is that not having to worry about the printing and shipping I have tons more time to create exercises and additional content for you guys. The first of which is the Build Your First Computer exercise. I’d love to involve all of you in the testing and make this a community wide exercise in creativity and computing. How exactly? Scroll down to read more, (but in essence you need a printer, a pair of scissors, scotch tape and an eager kid).


Hugs from Helsinki,


Linda





Playtesting 101 


First I have to warn you. Playtesting might be the best thing I’ve gotten to do in this project. It’s just too much fun. Here’s some background on the playtesting session we organised last weekend as well as the materials for you to organise your own session.


The aim of this session was to observe how kids approached building a paper computer, what kind of questions they had and how engaging they found the process. Sounds very scientific, but mostly this was a very fun, relaxed play session of active make-believe and curiosity.


One important thing: kids are among the most efficient learners in the world, so be prepared to look up together answers for their questions!



What: Build your own computer session 


For who: Kids between 4 and 11 


How long: At least 30 minutes 


Printables: Print out the following materials: Computer and Playtesting session instructions and user journey map. Download the materials from here:http://bit.ly/my-first-computer ;


How I can help: Send me your observations, notes and photos of the exercise through this form: http://bit.ly/firstcomputerplaytesting. It all helps in creating a curriculum around the computer. 






What we did


We started by reaching out to parents we knew and asked them to spread the word about the upcoming session. In the end we had 4 groups of around 4 participants: both girls and boys, from ages 4 to 11. (Say hi to research coordinators Lotta, Jeminaand Mikael!)


The structure of the session was pretty free form, as we just wanted to see kids playing with the computers and engaging. The parents were given a task too: they were to observe the kids and mark their notes into the user journey map.


How to run the session


The sessions started with an open-ended discussion around computers. It was important to let the kids do the speaking and assure them that there were no right or wrong answers. The topics we talked about included:



What are computers? 


Where can one find computers? Who uses computers? 


What can you do with computers? 


What are your favorite games/apps/websites? 


We also opened up a real computer and looked inside. I had printed out pictures of a car, a dog, a grocery aisle and a toilet. We talked about whether these products had computers inside them. And what would happen, if they one day had computers.



After the discussion all the kids got their own computer print. We started by cutting out the big case as well as the components and finding the place where they belong. After all, you need all the components in place to make the computer work!


We also shortly discussed the role of each component: the bossy CPU, the helpful RAM, the Hard Disk that remembers your summer photos or the game levels you’re on, the GPU that tells the screen what to show and the ROM who is in charge of waking up each component once the computer is turned on.


The second big exercise is to design an app or a website. You can help the kid by proposing they draw a game they know, a shop for a product they love or a movie watching app. With some of the kids we talked about files: how if you put a video file under the Hard Drive it will be there even after you close the computer and how the virus-bomb-file might mess up your whole computer.


Finally, the kids got to decorate their own computers and design additional items. We saw some pretty great mouse designs, USB ports and a few power chords!





What we learned (so far)


One of the big things was realizing that most of the younger kids hadn’t even used a keyboard before. They didn’t necessarily realise an iPad was a computer. Computers were associated with work: little girls imagined using the paper computer as a part of playing house and dad/mom going to work. One of the kids, a young boy, had a great story of how he plays astronaut with his father and how the computer could be a part of that.


Lots of kids made games on their computer and could remember in striking detail everything that is involved in a gaming UI. Another thing the kids were really good at designing were computer extensions like power chords.


Overall, our observations were highly positive; The kids stayed engaged and concentrated for the full 45 minute session - some of them would have kept on going even longer. The questions they asked were perceptive and contextual.


In the next backer update, I’ll share how these lessons learned translated into product development.


How can you help?


If you do this exercise, keep note of all the questions the kid asks, what interests them and what are the speedbumps. I’d love to see pictures of the finished computers! Again, submit your pictures and notes here: http://bit.ly/firstcomputerplaytesting


The research will be used as a part of the product research and development for additional exercises and content for the parent/educator. 


Linked List 


Here’s a list of resources I found helpful when planning the testing session:



First Contact: Playtesting with Preschoolers. Sago Sago’s CEO shares his lessons learned


Three ways to improve user testing with kids. Especially helpful for setting up continuous testing.  


Building a rapport with kids for user testing. For practical instructions on how to interact with kids 



All pictures by Jemina Lehmuskoski. 
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9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Creativity is developed; it's not a birthright. (Love these suggestions!
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Quick easy to do suggestions great for  meeting or just to jump start your own thinking

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Maker Space In Education Series… 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom

Maker Space In Education Series… 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom | Young Makers | Scoop.it
  Welcome back and I sure hope you enjoyed the last article of  20 Reasons for Maker Space in Education.  I hope you enjoy this post as I highlight 10 sites to possible help you to get Making ...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Good list of Maker resource sites for kids

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Lindsay Burke's curator insight, August 4, 3:33 PM

Thinking of creating a Maker Space in your classroom? Check out this article that includes useful links to help you get started!

Gust MEES's curator insight, August 19, 6:35 PM

Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace


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The 'maker movement' creates DIY revolution - Christian Science Monitor

The 'maker movement' creates DIY revolution - Christian Science Monitor | Young Makers | Scoop.it

A bank of Macs and PCs lines one wall where kids can research how to make things, learn to mix music with Garage Band, or build their own digital world with Minecraft. Windows behind the computers – a sort of bridge between the 20th and 21st centuries – offer a full view of a retired machinist’s woodworking shop. Bookshelves stuffed with remote-control cars, arts-and-crafts supplies, and beginning robotics kits flank a doorway leading to a bike shop. A pile of circuit boards and hard drives sits in a corner next to a disassembled electric wheelchair lying in wait for curious tinkerers.


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The Story

The Story | Young Makers | Scoop.it
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An inspiring story about how an 11 year old girl created a stable cup to help her grandfather who has Parkinson's disease.

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Short Film Asks Silicon Valley Workers' Kids About the Future of Tech - NBCNews.com

Short Film Asks Silicon Valley Workers' Kids About the Future of Tech - NBCNews.com | Young Makers | Scoop.it
NBCNews.com Short Film Asks Silicon Valley Workers' Kids About the Future of Tech NBCNews.com In a new short documentary, filmmaker Mike Mills interviewed sixteen children of Silicon Valley workers at companies like Apple and Google about how they...
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It takes awhile to watch but anyone who is interested in 8-11 years olds in the US will find it time well spent.

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LEGO will make new female characters with science jobs - Washington Post (blog)

LEGO will make new female characters with science jobs - Washington Post (blog) | Young Makers | Scoop.it
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LEGO will make new female characters with science jobs
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The Denmark-based toy company has approved new designs for female scientist, paleontologist and astronomer characters from its LEGO Ideas online competition.
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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Young Makers | Scoop.it

whetjer In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different?


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity



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Great things to remember

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 6, 11:25 PM

Creativity is something that can be nourished but can it be learned? I'm not able to decide on that yet.

Josie Gibson's curator insight, June 8, 9:24 PM

Some excellent reminders - 'All experiences are neutral...you don't see things are THEY are, you see them as YOU are'.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 16, 1:27 PM

Don't let your creative juices run dry! We are all students of life!

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You're never too young to be CEO - CNN

You're never too young to be CEO - CNN | Young Makers | Scoop.it
CNN
You're never too young to be CEO
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The girls had already visited a marketplace for young business owners and opened their own bank accounts at the Young Americans Bank in Denver, which touts itself as the world's only bank designed for kids.
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CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014

CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014 | Young Makers | Scoop.it

http://www.core-ed.org/thought-leadership/ten-trend


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Each year, CORE Education’s experienced staff of researchers, education trainers, and technology experts pool their knowledge and expertise, and through a thorough process put together and publish CORE’s prognosis on what are the coming ten major trends in eLearning and education generally that will make an impact upon education in New Zealand (and other parts of the world) in the coming year.

Alan Ovens's curator insight, May 17, 5:33 PM

Interesting while not attending to the fact that the education is becoming a market place where business principles and ethics will dominate and constrain education.

Steve Bavister's curator insight, May 20, 2:57 AM

Neat graphic. Cool insight.

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Will Berman: How Teen Entrepreneurs Can Lead A Maker Revolution [PSFK 2014] - PSFK

Will Berman: How Teen Entrepreneurs Can Lead A Maker Revolution [PSFK 2014] - PSFK | Young Makers | Scoop.it
How a self-taught 15-year-old started his own demin brand in the crowded maker space.
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