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Experiments with Art, Science, Technology, and Delightful Ideas
Experiments with Art, Science, Technology, and Delightful Ideas

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We’re technically still in February, the Month of Love, and thought we’d kickoff our next round of Community of Practice (CoP) Hangouts with Love and Lust as our theme. Makers & tinkerers are known to be a little obsessed with (or even accused of lusting after) certain toys, tools or materials. We’re fully embracing this idea and will host a virtual love fest—for both high & low-tech alike.  

What are THE things you couldn’t imagine living without in your Making & Tinkering space? 

We’ll swap stories about our most beloved items and what they allow us to do.
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This summer there has been a flurry of activity at science centers, workshops, libraries, and kitchen tables around exploring mechanical motion. We're excited to capture and share out some of these explorations in part 3 of our A Look @ Linkages series this Thursday! (In case you missed them, you can catch Part 1 here and Part 2 here).
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This summer there has been a flurry of activity at science centers, workshops, libraries, and kitchen tables around exploring mechanical motion. We're excited to capture and share out some of these explorations in part 3 of our A Look @ Linkages series this Thursday! (In case you missed them, you can catch Part 1 here and Part 2 here).
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As part of our ASTC Community of Practice (CoP) on Making & Tinkering Spaces in Museums, we’re hosting a hangout that highlights a single institution. This time it's with Arizona Science Center’s new CREATE space.

CREATE is a newly-rennovated 6,500 sq. ft. space opening to the public this Fall, designed as an active place where “science, design and engineering collide.”

http://azscience.org/create

While seeing a space online isn’t the same as being there in person, being able to look at spaces in other places while hearing from staff about the vision behind the development as well as the myriad logistical issues they face day to day is priceless. Program Director of CREATE along with Stacy Sidman, Director of Special Projects, will take us on a tour and share their experiences to date.
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Don't miss our final Hangout On Air! For our last week, it's fitting that the topic is iteration. Karen, Mike and Luigi will share their reflections on the course and talk about how their own journey as tinkerers, educators and learners is always ongoing.

This Hangout On Air is part of the Summer 2015 online course "Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning." (https://www.coursera.org/course/tinkering)
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Get a live tour of the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio and hear from staff about how they develop activities, work with museum visitors, and keep everything organized and running smoothly!

This weekly Hangout On Air is in conjunction with the Summer 2015 online course "Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning." (https://www.coursera.org/course/tinkering)
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Continuing from last week, we'll talk with Bronwyn Bevan, director of the Institute for Research and Learning at the Exploratorium, about measuring learning and how high-quality tinkering activities are a great way to teach STEM subjects both in and out of the classroom.

Don't forget to post your questions ahead of time in the discussion forum or tune in live to participate in the Q&A.

This weekly Hangout On Air is in conjunction with the Summer 2015 online course "Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning." (https://www.coursera.org/course/tinkering)
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Tinkering sure looks like fun, but is it learning? We get asked this question a lot, so much so that we even wrote an article about it. This week, we'll talk with developmental psychologist Edith Ackermann about the educational value of playful investigation.

This Hangout On Air is in conjunction with the Summer 2015 online course "Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning." (https://www.coursera.org/course/tinkering)
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This week, we'll share examples of different design notebooks and tinkering journals we find inspiring (both high and low tech) and talk about why we feel this is such a valuable tool for learning. We'll also share some observations from Week #1 and talk about what lies ahead. Don't forget to post  questions ahead of time to the forum or tune in live to participate in the real-time Q&A!

This is the second weekly Hangout On Air in conjunction with the Summer 2015 online course "Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning." (https://www.coursera.org/course/tinkering)
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Join us for our first Hangout On Air in conjunction with the Summer 2015 online course "Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning." (https://www.coursera.org/course/tinkering)

Each Friday from 11am - 12pm Pacific Time, Karen, Mike and Luigi will answer questions, highlight interesting conversations taking place in the discussion forums, and share their experience as long-time tinker educators at the Exploratorium.

This week, we'll focus on how to find and "repurpose" materials, turning junk into gems for your tinkering projects. Broken electronics, recycled containers, even old toys...you'll never look at things again in the same way.

Tune in live to participate in the Q&A!
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