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Arielle Goldstein

General Maker Ed  - 
 
Has anyone transformed an elementary space into a Maker Space/STEM lab? I am looking for pics, design inspiration? Thanks. 
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Matthew Chapman

Introduce yourself!  - 
 
Hello everyone--
I am a middle school teacher at Aptos Middle School in the San Francisco Unified School District. Two years ago, after teaching the 6th grade math and science curriculum for 17 years, I convinced our young, progressive principal that I should transform my 1,000 square foot classroom into a Maker Lab and offer this as an elective. While there are not many risk takers in education admin out there, mine took the risk.

We began with one class building a Kenyan topbar beehive at the end of the 2015 school year. Last year (2016), students (and I) tore out a wall, opening a large room for shop saws, and from a neighborhood dumpster we salvaged enough 2 x 4's to build a large bench. We were granted some money by our PTSA and purchased workbenches and hand tools. More money came from the Daniel Tanner Foundation and Salesforce.

We now have an enviable woodshop with a scroll saw, a table saw, a chop saw, a drill press and a ton of hand tools for just about everything. We have ten 9 x 9 x 9" build space Reprap 3D printers that most students can service on their own. Additionally, we have an industrial 2 color mixing 3D printer from Reprap with a 10 x 10 x 16" build space, an Epilogue Zing 24 laser cutter, and 7 CNC stations. We plan to collaborate with our computer lab/coding classes next year and expand by creating a Hacker space where students can learn to design, build and program robotics.

This is the class parents and students clamor for. I'm glad to find a community of like minded educators that have decided finding the page in the textbook that correlates to some arbitrary standard set by the state then making kids read it is no way to teach.

Thanks!!

Matt Chapman
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Seth Mitchell

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I'm helping open a new makerspace at a middle school. I'm wondering if there's a kid-friendly fashion design app our kids might use to get started with fabric working? I think we'd have more interest in the sewing machine if students had a place to get started. I'd love recommendations if you have them.
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Thank you, +Keyana Stevens. I know next to nothing about sewing and even less about sewing machines! Someone donated a sewing machine to the makerspace, and another teacher asked about fashion design apps to get kids thinking about projects. I told her I'd look into it. I'm thinking direct, small-group instruction will be the way to go here.
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Ken Gracey

General Maker Ed  - 
 
I'm new to the Maker Ed group and would like to introduce myself. I'm a Career Technology Education (preliminary) Credentialed California Teacher and the CEO of Parallax.

I'd like to invite you to my upcoming webinar, too!

Educators, are you interested in taking screen-based Blockly and Scratch visual programming into a much larger ecosystem of physical computing starting with robotics? I'd like to invite you to my www.parallax.com "S3 Robot with Blockly" webinar with two scheduled dates this January. This webinar is ideal for elementary and middle school educators who would like to see how Blockly can be an effective bridge to C programming with a sensor-loaded all-in-one robot.

These are interactive webinars - you can ask questions or type them during the presentation. Attendance is limited to 25 people in order to make everybody feel comfortable.

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 3:00 PM Pacific
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 3:00 PM Pacific

Event details for both webinars (and others) are here https://www.parallax.com/events

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NutbarStudios

General Maker Ed  - 
 
I'll be giving mini Scratch and Inkscape lessons throughout the day. I hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/319209421757866/

Sunday Dec 11, 11-4pm, 180 Studios is hosting our first ever "Holi-demo-day"! Check out the progress on this new exciting maker space, see some cool tools in action, and make your own unique gifts for the holiday season.

180 Studios is a new 13,000 sqft community maker space, opening in early 2017. We are a not-for-profit organization designed to provide a dynamic and creative environment that supports teaching and learning through hands-on experience of the industrial arts, creative arts, engineering, and design. “Holi-demo-day” will be featuring demonstrations on some of our favorite new tools including: Laser cutting and engraving, 3D printing, machining, wood turning, Scratch programming, and more.

There will also be hands on gift activities available for a small fee: *Customize a wood-bound notebook or trinket box on the laser cutter. *Create postcards from around the world and beyond with our green screen. *Make a custom t-shirt or sticker with our vinyl cutter.

Enjoy hot cider, coffee and snacks made by our team of volunteers. We will also have the delicious UltraCrepes food truck cooking up their tasty treats.

Get involved in the maker community and check out what 180 Studios has to offer. This event is free and open to all ages. 180 Studios is located just west of 101 at 150 Todd Rd. For more information, check out 180studios.org
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Michael Fricano II

Professional Development  - 
 
We're still looking for session proposals for #igniteinnovationHI!
DUE DEC 5

Topics can include, but not limited to:
- Project Based Learning & Design Thinking
- Makerspaces (design, philosophy, space)
- EdTech Integration
- Physical Computing (robotics, coding, circuitry)
- Citizenship (global education, service, citizen science, sustainability)
- Entrepreneurship

Session formats include Hands-on Workshops, Panels, Listen & Learn, and Participate & Explore.

 
Session Proposals for #igniteinnovationHI due DEC 5!
Registration opens DEC 13!
igniteinnovation.iolani.org
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+Michael Fricano II considering a proposal - which topic do you suggest as far as need (1) Creating a More Diverse MakerSpace (2) Physical Computing a) Deeper Computational Thinking with Makey Makey b) From Blocks to Visual to Text Based Coding c) Beyond eTextile with LilyPad Arduino (so many ideas floating through my mind) 
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This lesson plan will have students planning their own Thanksgiving meal. Perfect for real-world practice with word problems and basic operations.

#thanksgivingworksheets, #thanksgivinglessons, #lessonplansforhomeschool, #lessonplans

Not interested in a full lesson plan? Just get the editable menu for use with a variety of grade levels: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-Meal-Menu-with-Pictures-Editable-Text-2867979

This package includes:
Menus with 18 food items & images. Prices are fully editable!
2 Worksheets with editable text.
Presentation slides with examples to walk students through the planning process

You can alter the difficulty of this lesson. Ideas for altering it include:
Higher prices, more attendees
Planning within a budget
Adding decimals

Instructions:
Use the slides to walk students through the meal planning process.
Decide who will attend the dinner(for student’s families, for groups within the class, etc.)
Place students in groups, pairs, or use as independent work.
Give students copies of menus or display the menus for the class.
Handout worksheets.
Check for understanding.
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Michael Fricano II

General Maker Ed  - 
 
 
Laser Etch a Pumpkin!

We laser etched a few more pumpkins in the lower school FabLab today. A small orange pumpkin from the store and a larger green pumpkin picked fresh from our school garden. They turned out great! I also Periscoped it if you're interested in watching: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1ZkKznvmBDeKv

#MakerEd #MAKEHalloween http://ow.ly/i/os77O
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MEI “Maker Ed” Staff
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General Maker Ed  - 
 
Appologies for the double post. Our message from yesterday was delteted by mistake.

Maker Ed is currently in the process of redesigning our online resource library and is looking for maker educators to help with user testing in the month of October. If you are interested in exploring the prototype and talking us through your thoughts and experience, we'd love to set up a user testing session with you. The online session will last about an hour.

If you've already reached out, thanks! I'll be getting in touch today. If you haven't, and are interested in participating, please email me at danny@makered.org
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Danny Kirk
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General Maker Ed  - 
 
Appologies for the double post. My message from yesterday was delteted by mistake.

Maker Ed is currently in the process of redesigning our online resource library and is looking for maker educators to help with user testing in the month of October. If you are interested in exploring the prototype and talking us through your thoughts and experience, we'd love to set up a user testing session with you. The online session will last about an hour.

If you've already reached out, thanks! I'll be getting in touch today. If you haven't, and are interested in participating, please email me at danny@makered.org

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NutbarStudios

Job Opportunities  - 
 
I'm posting my most favorite teaching job. Unfortunately, I'm not able to commit for this summer due to unexpected family priorities.

I was going to do Maker Lab (Tinker), Digital Storytelling (filmmaking), Stop Motion Animation, and Scratch (Coding) so the director would really like to find people to do those classes asap. She is also open to other class ideas. The facilities are at Sonoma State (Santa Rosa California) and classes are held in the college rooms and labs. In the past, I've used Tech High's rooms on the campus as well.

I urge anyone looking for a fun and well run program to apply. I'm truly bummed I won't be there this year. If you have any questions you'd like run past me first, pls. DM me. Cheers, Lindsay Hunter


https://www.sonoma.edu/exed/excel/

Splash Zone Illustration. EXCEL for Youth is a unique academic enrichment program that offers students entering grades 4-9 accelerated classes in science, math, technology, visual art, drama, and writing. It will celebrate its 35th year this coming summer, and has served over 23000 students since 1982 ...
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Hi We teach SCRATCH and LEGO Robotics..I just replied to the email address that comes with the post so hopefully you will get it. If you don't please email me - tinytechsclub@gmail.com
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Ken Gracey

General Maker Ed  - 
 
Are you a STEM educator in a Chromebook school, wanting to get into robotics with the Arduino? Here's something you don't want to miss! Just recently, it became a whole lot easier to program the Parallax Board of Education Shield-Bot with Arduino from a Chromebook. We've got a lot to share with you: the free 279-page classroom tutorial; how to use edu.codebender on a Chromebook, and some live demos of this very popular Arduino robot. This webinar is sure to fill since we've limited it to 25 participants. We have two scheduled times you can choose from, most likely when you are out of class in the late afternoon.

Signup links are here:

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 3:00 pm Pacific https://zoom.us/meeting/register/dcb7f90df903338b7c24e00bf0acd2b8

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 3:00 pm Pacific https://zoom.us/meeting/register/4f6d2f15189c5251cde7dc3c8da9331e

Detailed description of the webinar is here (on the "Information" links):

https://www.parallax.com/events
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Carmen De Bruijckere

Introduce yourself!  - 
 
I am a teacher at Runbackaskolor in Sollentuna/ Stockholm in Sweden. My students are trying out a lot Makerstuff during their course in maths and physics.

Please let me know if you are in the neighborhood ,så you can see some results.

I hope to find some interesting projects/lesson ideas that fit för students at the age of 8 to 15 .Let me know!

See you
Carmen de Bruijckere

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Aaron Vanderwerff

Professional Development  - 
 
Join us for Designing Making Experiences Feb 2-3!

The Lighthouse Creativity Lab is offering a two-day intensive workshop for educators eager to integrate making in school into their own practice.

Spend two days planning a K-12 making project or unit of your choice and leave with a project example made by you. While being immersed in a making environment, you will make and develop, test and troubleshoot the making curriculum or project of your choice for your K-12 classroom or school.

Please Note! All participants of this workshop are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) from Sonoma State University. If you are interested in earning these credits, you MUST register for our workshop through the SSU website, and not through our Eventbrite page.

The Lighthouse Creativity Lab is offering a two-day intensive workshop for educators eager to integrate making in school into their own practice. Spend two days planning a K-12 making project or unit of your choice and leave with a project example made by you. While being immersed in a making environment, you will make and develop, test and troubleshoot the making curriculum or project of your choice for your K-12 classroom or school. **Please...
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How I wish I could be there!!!



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NutbarStudios

Resources  - 
 
I'm introducing coding to 23 first graders with access to ipads. I also have $300 to spend if needed.
Have you used any of the below apps/games/toys with younger age, large groups? Is there something else you use?
Your input is most appreciated and I will summarize if there are many responses :)

APPS
-Scratch Jr

-Blocky

-Code.org course 1

-Kodable

-The Foos

REAL WORLD COMPONENT
-Robot Turtles Game

-Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

-Puzzlets Starter Pack with Free Programming Game: Cork the Volcano

-Osmo Genius Kit plus the coding set
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I like Kodable a lot - f you can go from free to a small fee that provides dashboard for educators and way for kids to level up at school and at home creating a year long program
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Keyana Stevens
moderator

General Maker Ed  - 
 
Any maker educators in Miami? The good folks at REM Learning Center are hosting their first Miami Maker Educator Meetup tomorrow, 11/16. Learn more and register (for free) here: http://www.miamimakereducators.com/
Miami maker education and maker educators
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Ryan Moreno

Professional Development  - 
 
We are hosting a Maker Educators Meetup in Miami on Wednesday November 16th. If you are in the Miami area or know any educators in the Miami area who would be interested please RSVP at http://www.miamimakereducators.com/ 
Miami maker education and maker educators
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Keyana Stevens
moderator

General Maker Ed  - 
 
Calling all Bay Area Maker Educators! Our next meetup will be on Thursday, November 10th at Impact Hub in San Francisco. Maker Ed is helping to run the event! Reserve your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lightplay-november-bay-area-maker-educator-meetup-tickets-29057079507
Join us to learn together! We will engage in collaborative light play and un-conference style conversations. Food and drink provided. Getting there: Take BART to Powell, Walk down Market to 5th and turn left, walk on 5th to Mission and turn right. There will be someone at the door to let people in. We're using the "Mission Wing" space in the building.
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William Macfarlane

General Maker Ed  - 
 
Hey friends! Parts and Crafts, a youth and community makerspace in Somerville, MA, is Kickstarting a big new project that we'd love everyone in this community to have a look at.

We're calling it the Monthly Make-It, and it's a kit-subscription program for a series of DIY, open-hardware building kits designed for kids. The Kickstarter campaign link is here -- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1853870446/parts-and-crafts-monthly-make-it?token=eaabc2a7 -- and we hope that you'll consider supporting it and spreading the word to folks in your communities who might be interested.

It's simultaneously part of an answer to two of our most persistent questions:
1) How do we share the kind of projects and experiences we create in a way that makes them easily legible to families and educational institutions while still preserving what makes them feel valuable to us. and
2) How can we create an income stream that feels legitimately connected to our work and ideals that isn't tuition for programs and workshops that will continue to fund our outreach and accessibility efforts and allow us to continue making our programs available to families regardless of income.

I don't think "kits" are an obvious "right" answer to the second question for everyone, but I think that the question itself is really important to think about and answer for anyone interested in community outreach and makerspace/tech accessibility.

Anyway, please have a look -- we're super-excited!
A box of cool projects every month, shipped directly from our shop to your mailbox. Open it, build it, take it apart. Make something!
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Ilya Pratt

General Maker Ed  - 
 
 
Don't miss the Maker Educator Meet-Up at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire! $5 Advance Educator Tickets - enter the Promo Code on the ticket page. 
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