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Getting Excited About Engineering with Super-Awesome Sylvia

Getting Excited About Engineering with Super-Awesome Sylvia

| December 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

The girl who made making things fun on her web shows has a book explaining engineering and coding projects.

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How Dissecting a Pencil Can Ignite Curiosity and Wonderment

How Dissecting a Pencil Can Ignite Curiosity and Wonderment

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Researchers are studying how engaging in design thinking and tinkering can help kids feel they have agency over the lives and surroundings.

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How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven

How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven

| September 4, 2014 | 16 Comments

Bringing making into school classrooms is as simple as taking the first step, no matter how small.

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The Maker Movement Finds Its Way Into Urban Classrooms

The Maker Movement Finds Its Way Into Urban Classrooms

| September 17, 2013 | 8 Comments

As kids head back school this fall, educators and researchers are teaming up to figure out what kids learn from tinkering, and how it may help prepare them for the future.

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Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity

Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity

| July 31, 2013 | 27 Comments

Though spatial skills — the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects — are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don’t always include these important skills. By not placing value on spatial thinking, we may be missing out on developing the skills of the next Thomas Edison.

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Time to Start Making: Free Design Programs for 3D Printers

Time to Start Making: Free Design Programs for 3D Printers

| July 23, 2013 | 14 Comments

One of the biggest tech trends to follow is the evolution of 3D printing — not just in the consumer market, but also in education. But to use 3D printers, students will need to learn how to design using digital programs. Here are a few great options for students and teachers to learn how to design for 3D printers.

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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

| July 17, 2013 | 18 Comments

A new Stanford study shows that students learn better when first exploring an unfamiliar idea or concept on their own, rather than reading a text or watching a video first.

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Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn

Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn

| July 11, 2013 | 23 Comments

Allowing kids to deeply engage with a project they are passionate about also helps produce more positive memories of school, Stager said. “The reason the Maker Movement is so exciting is it can reenergize the classroom and it can make high quality memories of education,” he said.

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Breaking the Mold: School Fosters Design and Discovery

Breaking the Mold: School Fosters Design and Discovery

| July 10, 2013 | 18 Comments

Modern learning is more about discovery. It’s not so much waiting as doing, says Will Richardson. Learners should be empowered to continue learning and to use their interests to fuel projects that they care about. Richardson had some ideas about how teachers can begin to move away from content delivery and towards a model that is supportive of individual learners.

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Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students

Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students

| February 27, 2013 | 6 Comments

Some of the most important subject areas and activities we want students to learn are the very ones that are left out of many schools: the arts, computer programming, and learning to making things by hand. We know that arts integration can open all kinds of opportunities for learning and fostering creativity. We’re learning why […]

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