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Our Makerspace Journey Our Makerspace has changed, grown and evolved since it was first conceived and started in January 2014. Follow along with the story of our journey here. Hopefully it will inspire you to start your own Maker journey January 2014: It was around this time that I first began to learn about Makerspaces and the Maker Education Movement. I had always wanted to find a way to incorporate STEM concepts into our library, and I was intrigued by the idea of STEM focused centers. 21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts “Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground running in your classes! Math can be pretty tough, but since it is the language in which scientists interpret the Universe, there’s really no getting around learning it. Check out these gifs that will help you visualize some tricky aspects of math, so you can dominate your exams this year.

Resources Technically Learning's Activity Guides Technically Learning has developed a number of activity guides to teach engineering, robotics, and programming using different themes to tie each guide together. Our Rubber-band Car Activity Guide is available free for download, and our other guides will be available for purchase in the spring of 2013. This activity guide is protected under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Almost Unschoolers: Longer Lasting Homemade Play Dough? I was making play dough tonight, to use for our story and art project, to be linked with tomorrows stART post, on A Mommy's Adventures. For the last few years, I've used a non-cooked salt dough recipe, owing largely to a lack of cream of tarter in the house. It's a simple, straight forward recipe, using ingredients I normally have on hand, and it creates a dough with a nice texture, even if the salt is hard on the hands. The only problem with the salt dough recipe is that it doesn't keep well. When made on a humid day, it will often be too sticky to play with, even after one night of storage. Which means, every time the children want to play with play dough, I either have to run to the store to buy a new batch, to replace our dried out store bought dough, or I have to mix a new batch in the kitchen, and throw the old, slimy, homemade stuff away.

Science and Technology of WWII So What is This About? Teachers, here you will find classroom lesson plans related to the science and technology of WWII. Social studies and history teachers can use these lessons to imbue science and math into their classrooms. Science and math teachers can use these lessons to bring real-world applications to their theories and concepts.

Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning - Exploratorium About the Course The Tinkering Fundamentals course will offer educators and enthusiasts an opportunity to develop a practice of tinkering and making. We see tinkering as a serious endeavor--one that is generalizable across content and especially good at interweaving disciplines in a way that leads to complex projects and individualized learning opportunities. Tinkering has recently been introduced into the educational field as a potential driver of creativity, excitement, and innovation in science learning. It is seen by many as an effective means to engage in exploring STEM concepts, practices and phenomena.

Editable old newspaper template Views 393,984 Filed under Educational , english, history, newspaper, school, sepia We have just added to our popular editable PowerPoint newspapers with this Old Times newspaper design. With these you can create your own news headlines, articles and insert your own pictures. This spoof newspaper template could have many uses, including college and school projects and fun cards to send news to your friends and family. LEGO, Robotics and Learning Suggestions for ordering LEGO sets for class use This document makes suggestions about how to plan and budget for the purchase of LEGO robotics materials. MicroWorlds EX Robotics The best software ever developed for learning, construction of multimedia projects and robotics control. MicroWorlds EX Robotics downloadable reference handout. Recommended LEGO & robotics books Great LEGO Challenges Here is a collection of 13 challenges sure to inspire classroom creativity. 25 Things to Do With LEGO Robotics A timeless list of project ideas.

Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch With the National Week of Making behind us, you might be ready to start a makerspace in your school -- but not know where to start. Will purchasing a costly 3D printer and the latest robotics kit ensure learning and maker success? What are some steps to starting a successful makerspace from scratch? Step 1: Immerse Yourself in Maker Education Before you can build your own community of makers, you need to join one! Immerse yourself in makerspaces by joining a summer maker camp like Exploratorium's Tinkering Fundamentals or the virtual Camp Google for cheap and easy STEM ideas, but most importantly: make stuff!

65 Free Interactive Whiteboard Resources Interactive whiteboard resources are a great way for teachers to engage classrooms in learning. While many teachers are spending hours a day creating their own activities for their interactive whiteboards, there are tons of free sources to help teachers learn about and use IWBs with students to further their use of technology in the classroom. Here is a list of some great interactive whiteboard resources and activities guaranteed to stimulate learning: General Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers Use these effective classroom management tips to deal with difficult students...

What Is a Robot? Most people think of robots in humanlike terms — communicating and doing things like people would. But this specific subset of robots is actually not very common. A robot can be defined as a mechanical device that is capable of performing a variety of tasks on command or according to instructions programmed in advance. Engineers design robots to perform complex tasks more easily and with greater accuracy. Some everyday examples of robots include:

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space Dynamic, living, breathing, current, personalized, adaptive, engaging, creative, cutting-edge, and current are just some of the words that have been used to describe the open educational resources (OER) movement. The U.S. Department of Education recently expanded its efforts to increase schools’ access to high-quality, openly licensed learning resources, giving educators more access to technology to personalize learning for their students. What are OER? OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits sharing, accessing, repurposing—including for commercial purposes—and collaborating with others. They include educational materials, such as lesson plans, games, textbooks, tests, audio, and video.

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