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First to File? Nah, First to Blog!

First to File? Nah, First to Blog! | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"As much as I dislike patents and the culture of intellectual property, the cold hard fact is that patents are real and they are here to stay. Now, there are a few ways to handle this – one is to completely ignore them and do what you want anyway. Another way is to use the system to defeat itself. Now, the patent system has the concept of prior art built into it. I’m not a lawyer but my understanding is that the minimum requirement for creating prior art is to publicly publish it. There is probably more beyond that to make it more visible, and if anyone has suggestions on an easy way of accomplishing that, please let me know!

 

Like most people out there, I sometimes have more ideas than time to implement them. So instead of keeping those ideas locked in a notebook somewhere unaccessible and not serving a purpose, I’m going to release them into the world as public domain in the hope that they might inspire, or at a very minimum keep an idea from being patented. I’m not claiming that these ideas are good, or that they are even new. Heck, some of them might even be patented already. They are just ideas in my head that it’s about damn time I put down on (digital) paper. Feel free to discuss, critique, or offer suggestions that expand on these ideas in the comments."
from source: http://blog.makezine.com/

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Let the policy wonks, PACs, & lawyers begin.... again.

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RadioShack Expands Partnership with Maker Media, Reveals Dozens of New ... - Robotics Tomorrow

RadioShack Expands Partnership with Maker Media, Reveals Dozens of New ... - Robotics Tomorrow | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Just in time for Maker Faire Bay Area, RadioShack announced a major partnership expansion with Maker Media, the creators of MAKE Magazine, Makezine.com, and Maker Faire, to better serve the DIY community. Maker Media and RadioShack will be teaming up to collaborate on an expansive DIY product lineup, exclusively carried at RadioShack and Maker Shed, including kits, robotics and tools.


'DIY is part of RadioShack's DNA," said Dawn Callahan , vice president of merchandising, responsible for the DIY product category at RadioShack. "We're grateful to be part of a wonderfully loyal community of makers, and we listened when they told us how we can help bring their ideas to life. We're excited to deliver on that feedback with an expanded assortment, including cobranded products with the smart folks at Maker Media, as well as other products on makers' wish lists.' " from source: http://roboticstomorrow.com/

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Orange libraries offer free technology training online - Orlando Sentinel

Orange libraries offer free technology training online - Orlando Sentinel | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Orange libraries offer free technology training online Orlando Sentinel The library system is offering its cardholders the online-learning services Lynda.com and Treehouse, which offer tutorials on technology topics ranging from editing video to...
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How big can the DIY and maker movement get? SparkFun wants to know

How big can the DIY and maker movement get? SparkFun wants to know | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"The excitement around events like last week’s Maker Faire is huge. But are more people making or is the growth in this market coming from more electronics products finally coming within reach for existing makers?"

 

...here is a part of me that looks at those engaging in hackathons and learning to solder and wonders, how big is this market? Is it growing? Are these people who are now playing with new tools because those tools are now cheaper and more available, or is the ready availability of cheaper tools opening up a new market for people who had never had an interest in this stuff? In short, are more people actually growing interested in this, or is the existing market just latching onto products that were once out of reach?"


from source: http://gigaom.com/

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This is an interesting article. For a couple reasons: 1. it references events - where individuals would participate; 2. it focuses on financial aspects - if the tools and kits get cheaper will they come? 3. Who is the audience.

 

What I find lacking is the connection here with education or training. The approach is strictly DIY and Maker Movement as business not as partner or part or curriculum. So, I guess that most participant would be stereotyped as software or hardware types and not just John or Jane normal. That's a shame because there is so much potential with DIY (tinkering included) and aspects of the Maker Movement that would benefit other folks and other disciplines, not just the sciences.

 

Then again I am reminded of the emergence of microcomputers. In the 1980's "Introduction to Microcomputers" at the University of North Carolina Educational Computing Service was basically how to use the PASCAL editor for writing text as well as code. Most attendees were from the sciences. Things have changed since then.

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NASA asks: Could 3-D-printed food fuel a mission to Mars?

NASA asks: Could 3-D-printed food fuel a mission to Mars? | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Texas-based Systems and Materials Research Corp. has been selected for a $125,000 grant from NASA to develop a 3-D printer that will create “nutritious and flavorful” food suitable for astronauts, according to the company’s proposal. Using a “digital recipe,” the printers will combine powders to produce food that has the structure and texture of, well, actual food. Including smell." from source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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There is another link to this company that describes plans for the 3D food printer to assist with Global Hunger. I'll post that next.

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Introducing 3D Printed Pizza

Introducing 3D Printed Pizza | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
The engineer Anjan Contractor has just received a grant to build a prototype 3D printer that will print food. Contractor's project will start in two weeks when he'll attempt to 3D print a pizza as part of the six-month project.

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Whiz Kids are 3D Printing's Future

Whiz Kids are 3D Printing's Future | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Just 75 feet from a Maker Faire seminar about "The Future of 3D Printing," we ran into the real future of 3D printing: Andy Giles (12) and Callum Welsh (12), in the Bay Area RepRap booth. These young men were making an airplane with their RepRap.

 

The Bay Area RepRap group meets weekly at the TechShop

[ http://www.techshop.ws/ts_sanjose.html ] in San Jose, Calif."

from source:http://www.3dprinter-world.com/

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Making and Playing and Tinkering are all learning experiences that many adults forget.

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Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan

Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan

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Kate Delgado's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:55 PM

Lesson on globalization

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This 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw Sculptures in Midair

This 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw Sculptures in Midair | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
3Doodler, a 3D-printing pen, allows users to draw three-dimensional objects in the air or on surfaces.

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Brick and Maker Proposes Maker Stores and 3D Printmobile

Brick and Maker Proposes Maker  Stores and 3D Printmobile | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Brick and Maker is an open source franchise concept envisioned by Diana Johnson and Brian Williford of Charlottesville, VA.

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3-D Printing Revolution Needs Simple Design Software | MIT Technology Review

3-D Printing Revolution Needs Simple Design Software  | MIT Technology Review | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
A lack of accessible design tools is holding back 3-D printing.

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Sylvia Martinez's curator insight, April 29, 2013 2:44 PM

If people expect software to be free, it will never happen - or it will become part of a proprietary chain like Google, Amazon or Apple. You will buy your design from Amazon, modify it with their tools, and print it on their printer.

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Trends | Invent to Learn

Trends | Invent to Learn | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Now here’s some cool summer reading. Capturing the excitement of the maker movement and sharing the educational case for bringing making, tinkering and engineering to every classroom in America and...

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Philip Vinogradov's curator insight, May 16, 2013 9:46 PM

Purchasing now

Laurie Smith's curator insight, May 17, 2013 3:18 PM

Looks like an interesting read ..

Vicki Butler's curator insight, May 20, 2013 5:59 PM

Looks interesting!

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Making Learning Fun - The Connection Newspapers - Virginia Connection Newspapers

Making Learning Fun - The Connection Newspapers - Virginia Connection Newspapers | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Making Learning Fun - The Connection Newspapers Virginia Connection Newspapers “Learning this way works because students are able to see the usefulness of what they're doing first-hand,” said Joe Youcha, director of Alexandria Seaport Foundation's...
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Work and Learning can be Fun. Fun can be an experience that teaches. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation is one such organization that challenges students with projects that are fun, educational, and require handwork. 

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Thanks to 3D Printing and Open Source Hardware, Patent May be on the Cusp of a Copyright Moment | Public Knowledge

"If you are a practicing patent attorney, it might be a good idea to call up that one copyright attorney you know and invite them out for some coffee. Because it’s starting to look like patents are about to have a copyright-like moment where they get pulled from an esoteric corner of law and thrust into popular culture.

 

And this isn’t a post about software patents, or about the portable patent thicket that is a modern mobile phone. No, this is a post about what happens when an entire chunk of society runs into an area of law and gets really, really annoyed with what they find.

 

...This recent post by Zach “Hoeken” Smith is a great example of this developing worldview. As a co-founder of Makerbot, a zealous (in the best possible way) advocate for open source hardware, and the Program Director at the hardware startup incubator HAXLR8R, Zach is as good of an example of the next wave of innovators as you could ask for.

 

His post makes clear that he does not see a particular value in patents, even though he sees a great deal of value in innovation. His response is to try and use the patent system against itself by publishing a list of ideas that he hopes people will use but never patent."

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from source:http://www.publicknowledge.org/

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Maker Faire 2013 – big gallery | The Tinkering Studio Blog ...

Maker Faire 2013 – big gallery | The Tinkering Studio Blog ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Outside of the Tinkering Studio area lots of other things were going on. The Field Trip Explainers were riding our Rickshaw Obscura bike around the Faire, letting visitors step in and observe a pinhole image of the Faire while ...
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High School Student Builds Own Submarine - Technabob (blog)

High School Student Builds Own Submarine - Technabob (blog) | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
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... an 18-year-old student at Mendham High School in New Jersey has built himself a fully-functional one-man submarine. Yes, it actually works!
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The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food

The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.

 

But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store. Contractor’s vision would mean the end of food waste, because the powder his system will use is shelf-stable for up to 30 years, so that each cartridge, whether it contains sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or some other basic building block, would be fully exhausted before being returned to the store." -- from source: http://qz.com/

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Very Interesting. I know this story will be one that folks will be watching from now on. Then again, will other groups come up with alternatives? There are so many possibilities with this technology.

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OpenRefine

"OpenRefine (ex-Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data, cleaning it, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases like Freebase.

 

Please note that since October 2nd, 2012, Google is not supporting actively this project which have been rebranded to OpenRefine. Project development, documentation and promotion is now fully supported by volunteers. Find out more about the history of OpenRefine and how you can help the community." from source: http://openrefine.org/

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Introducing 3D Printed Pizza

Introducing 3D Printed Pizza | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
The engineer Anjan Contractor has just received a grant to build a prototype 3D printer that will print food. Contractor's project will start in two weeks when he'll attempt to 3D print a pizza as part of the six-month project.

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Mobile Makerspace

Mobile Makerspace | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"What is a Mobile Makerspace?

 

A Mobile Makerspace is a BUS, VAN, RV, or a TRAILER packed full of educational toys such as 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, 3D scanners, doodle bots, small robots, alternative energy toys, simple crafts, and so much more! It is about giving EVERYONE of ALL AGES and ALL walks of life the opportunity to get their hands into cool technology and learn about it first hand.

 

Schools, care centers, community centers, and libraries often can not afford and do not have the space to house the educational equipment that a Mobile Makerspace can. A Mobile Makerspace is built and maintained by Makers, keeping expenses low. This includes building most of the equipment used to teach and learn. Part of the learning experience is to learn how to and to demonstrate how you can build and reproduce these types of tools for yourself at a very low cost.

 

This project has been started in Vancouver, BC, Canada"

from source: http://mobilemakerspace.com/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a great idea. Reminds me of cities and counties that make good use of Book Mobiles as libraries on wheels. There also is a definite excitement that a hands-on experience creates. 3D printers are becoming cheaper every week. Staples Office Supply store even sells one now for around $1,200 US. On the net there was report of a 3D printer available for about $350 US.

 

Computers are getting cheaper, paper printers are less expensive. Now we are seeing analog development devices reaching a price range that small groups can afford to purchase for their learning and experimentation.

 

see also:
https://www.facebook.com/MobileMakerspace
http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Mobile_Makerspace

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The shape of things to come: A consumer\'s guide to 3D printers

The shape of things to come: A consumer\'s guide to 3D printers | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
CES 2013 proved to be something of a coming out party for consumer-facing 3D printers. Sure MakerBot earned a fair amount of attention at last year\'s

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Interview with 3Doodler Co-creator Max Bogue

Interview with 3Doodler Co-creator Max Bogue | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Peter Dilworth, the other cofounder, was watching one of our Up! 3D Printers do its thing when it made an error. He was kinda miffed about it; he just wanted to take the thing off the platform, fil...

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I can not wait to receive my 3Doodler sometime this Fall!!

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Logo Test by A. Martino

This is a test of the robot basic movement made by A. Martino at the factory where the Arduino Robot will be manufactured.

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FabLearn 2013

FabLearn 2013 | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
FabLearn is a venue for educators, policy-makers, students, designers, researchers, and makers to present, discuss, and learn about digital fabrication in education, the “makers” culture, and hands-on learning.

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bobembry's Life-TIME Investment System © ℠ ::: RLA + Exp

bobembry's Life-TIME Investment System © ℠ ::: RLA + Exp | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"rlaexp.com = Real Life Adventures + Exploration

 

... This page is an introductory brainroad for exploring some of the major aspects of our unfolding knowledge economy and knowledge society.

 

... The purpose of this entire site: preparing for a different world and different future across multiple time spans in one’s life and the lives of those connected to you through time: associates in your organizations across time and parent to child to grandchild. Additionally, every topic can be viewed from several vantage points: a top manager looking at other organization members; organization members looking at each other; citizens looking at organizations and their members; an organization looking for acquisition targets … There are serious implications attached to each of these and they are in the news almost everyday." from source: http://rlaexp.com/

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ghbrett's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:59 PM

This very long page prints out to be 60 pages long, but it is full of facts, images, knowledge, wisdom, controversial notions, ideas, excitement, and more thoughtful information than I have seen together in one place for a long time. It is one of those resources that becomes a starting point or at least a side journey for those who are engaged in information technology, communication, collaboration, computing, and applied knowledge.