Invent to Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez; Gary S. StagerJoin the maker movement!There's a global technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to everyone. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. In this practical guide, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager provide K-12 educators with the how, why, and cool stuff that supports classroom making.Even if you don't have access to expensive (but increasingly affordable) hardware, every classroom can become a makerspace where kids and teachers learn together through direct experience with an assortment of high and low-tech materials. The potential range, breadth, power, complexity and beauty of projects has never been greater thanks to the amazing new tools, materials, ingenuity and playfulness you will encounter in this book.Children are natural tinkerers. Digital fabrication, such as 3D printing and physical computing, including Arduino, MaKey MaKey, and Raspberry Pi, expands a child's toy and toolboxes with new ways to make things and new things to make. While school traditionally separates art and science, theory and practice, such divisions are artificial. The real world just doesn't work that way! The maker community brings children, hobbyists and professionals together in a glorious celebration of personal expression with a modern flare.When 3-D printing, precision cutting, microcomputer control, robotics and computer programming become integral to the art studio, auto shop or physics lab, every student needs access to tools, knowledge and problem solving skills. The maker movement not only blurs the artificial boundaries between subject areas, it erases distinctions between art and science while most importantly obliterating the crippling practice of tracking students in academic pursuits or vocational training. There are now multiple pathways to learning what we have always taught and things to do that were unimaginable just a few years ago.
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
LEGO Ideas Book by Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff; Daniel LipkowitzYou have what it takes! Did you ever wonder what you can do with all of those LEGO® bricks after you have created the project they came with? Now with The LEGO Ideas Book, you can take what you already have and make something new! The book is divided into six themed chapters — transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure, and useful makes — each with basic templates of key models and spreads to inspire you to create your own. Hints and tips from Master Builders can help you turn your classic car into a race car or add a bridge to your castle! Don't be concerned if you haven't got all the bricks you need: this book also shows how to simplify details, making this a great user-friendly guide for any building ability. Featuring all-new LEGO® building projects, tips to supplement and enhance your LEGO creations, inspirational builds, and expert advice from LEGO Master Builders, The LEGO Ideas Book will keep kids of all ages creating for hours.
Publication Date: 2011-09-19
Make It Here by Matthew Hamilton; Dara Hanke SchmidtThis is an ideal resource for joining the maker movement, no matter the size of your public library or resource level. * Explains why the maker movement and libraries are a perfect match * Includes makerspace ideas and programs for all ages, not just teens * Written by authors with personal experience creating maker programming in a short amount of time with a limited budget * Supplies ideas and anecdotes from makerspaces and innovators across the United States that will inspire staff at all levels
Publication Date: 2014-12-01
Tinkering by Curt GabrielsonAfter-school and out-of-school programs--as well as home schooling--have been growing steadily for nearly a decade, but instructors are still searching for high-interest content that ties into science standards without the rigidity of current classroom canon. The author draws on more than 20 years of experience doing hands-on science to facilitate tinkering: learning science while fooling around with real things.In this book, you'll learn: Tinkering techniques in key science areas How to let kids learn science with hands-on tinkering Engaging techniques for science learning at home, in school, or at a makerspace or library Step-by-step instructions for activities that don't end with a single project, but that provide many paths for "tinkering forward".