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Constructing Modern Knowledge Constructing Modern Knowledge is back for a 8h year, July 7-10, 2015 in Manchester, NH. Four Days of Action Constructing Modern Knowledge is not a conference. The majority of time will be spent working alone or collaboratively on projects with your computer, high tech gizmos and traditional materials while supported by some of the best educators on the planet. Amazing Guest Speakers Including wearable computing pioneer Leah Buechley, MacArthur Genius Deborah Meier, & learning theorist Edith Ackermann Picture Frame on Your Wrist! A friend of mine saw this "always exactly accurate" watch online for $50 and asked me "do you think we could make this out of an old watch?" This classy upcycled watch will inspire you to seize the day and fight any procrastinating spirit. "When should I ask that cute girl out on a date?" NOW.

Soil moisture-sensing by hacking a solar light Contributors: Sarah Al-Mutlaq Share Use this URL to share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ In this tutorial, we are going to take a simple solar powered pathway light from a department store and rewire it to be a soil moisture sensor. The finished design will turn on an LED when the soil dries up.

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom By Peter Pfau, FAIA One of the most exciting models of learning is “design thinking.” It combines hands on learning (tinkering) with independent problem solving methodologies. Resources Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom features hundreds of links to high-quality books, websites, projects, and other resources to help you create a makerspace in any school, no matter your budget. In this section: All Resources – sorted by typeChapter by Chapter - resources as they appear in chapters of Invent To Learn All Resources by Topic Click on the links below to find all the resources found in the book plus extras! Resources by Chapter

Recasting Teachers and Students as Designers By Melanie Kahl Designers are privileged to work within a fascinating collision of fields at a time when the conversation could not be more pertinent. The intersection of design and education is ripe for exploration –– its metaphors, roles, spaces, and philosophies. Antique Light Bulb Organ - MIDI/OSC Controlled Create your own antique light bulb organ to add nostalgic ambiance to any midi instrument! 12 light bulbs correspond to the 12 notes in an octave (minus the octave note). The rectangular box unfolds to position the light bulbs vertically for display, while at the same time providing a platform for the keyboard in use. Playing a note on the keyboard directly via midi, or through the usb port illuminates the light bulb for a particular key. Releasing the note, releases the key.

Wind Power: Creating a Wind Generator The lesson presented here focuses on the engineering design process and its use in identifying a question (solving a problem), developing a design or change in design, testing that design, observing and collecting data, analyzing the data recorded from the experiment, and forming a conclusion to perform another round of design. In this case, we are attempting to maximize the voltage obtained from a wind-driven turbine through the use of several experimental designs. You may want to review the following multimedia presentations to learn more about STEM and the engineering design process. What is STEM Education What is Engineering Instructions for creating a wind-powered electrical generator

Design Thinking, Deconstructed At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students’ and teachers’ everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff. The infographic (click on the image to see the full PDF) was created by Kim Saxe, director of Nueva’s iLab, and one of the champions of design thinking.

untitled Build, play and learn using mobile devices. Join ISTE's Mobile Learning Network in a makerspace where you can discover coding, app creation, mobile games, robotics, Minecraft and more. Recommended by ISTE’s Mobile Learning Network Purpose & objective Join ISTE's Mobile Learning Network Playground for interactive building, playing and mobile learning. Weekly Make It Challenge: Box Follow me to hear about all of the Weekly Make It Challenges. This Week's Challenge: Box! Boxes abound, especially after holiday festivities! Make anything that involves a box. Don't get boxed in with limiting yourself to just one type of box, there's plenty of room for interpretation!

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