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LittleBits: DIY Electronics For Prototyping and Learning

LittleBits: DIY Electronics For Prototyping and Learning

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What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’? By Jane Mount/MindShift By Linda Flanagan When Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski was dissecting a sheep’s heart during an eighth-grade science class, she had an epiphany that changed her life. “That heart told the story of anatomy and physiology!” she said. Realizing that science is best communicated through stories, Cueva-Dabkoski, now just 19 years old, went on to explore beetles in China. DIY DRAWING ROBOT When we featured electronic bit maker, littleBits, I instantly knew I wanted to make something fun for the kids using the bits. I'm not an engineer by training, nor do I have the technical knowledge to make things from scratch. Which is why I love the idea of circuit boards that snap together - making it fun and easy to build what you want. Since my kids are interested in art, we decided to make a drawing robot!

Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? 5 Secrets to Raising a Kid with Excellent Anger Management Skills I spend a fair amount of time helping my kids learn to regulate their emotions, including frustration, so that they don’t blow a gasket when life gets complicated. Even though it might seem like life is easy for little ones, it can get hard. When my husband travels for months at a time, our son misses him terribly.

80 Million Tiny Images You have submitted 0 labels. Visual dictionary: Visualization of 53,464 english nouns arranged by meaning. Each tile shows the average color of the images that correspond to each term. Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons from another nexus in the universe: public libraries. Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of Make Magazine — and the de facto leader of the Maker Movement — has a vision to create a network of libraries, museums, and schools with what he calls “makerspaces” that draw on common resources and experts in each community. Libraries and museums, he said, are easier places to incorporate makerspaces than schools, because they have more space flexibility and they’re trying to attract teens with their programs. “Schools have already got the kids,” Dougherty noted wryly, at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. One day during the conference, dubbed Maker Monday, focused on the Maker Movement, which emphasizes learning by engaging in tech-related projects. “Why are you here?”

Desert Moldable Sand Small World This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Whew! It’s a hot day on the desert! Our desert small world includes animals, plant-life, tumbleweeds, and moldable sand cloud dough! Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Code and Program When the conversation amongst educators turns to programming, Scratch is often the first resource that is mentioned. Scratch allows students to program animations, games, and videos through a visual interface. Students create their programs by dragging together blocks that represent movements and functions on their screens. The blocks snap together to help students see how the "if, then" logic of programming works. If you haven't seen Scratch before, watch the short overview in the video below. Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on Vimeo.

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