Category Archives: Maker Space

Research Driven Education Trends

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 BRAIN-BASED TEACHING Many educators are using researchers’ insights into how children best learn to inform their teaching practices. Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s research on encouraging children to develop a growth-mindset continues to grow in popularity, as educators try to praise effort, not outcomes. Dweck writes that if children believe their abilities are …

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Students: Creators, not just Consumers of Information

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 “Our students have been often rendered as consumers of information, rather than collaborators and creators of information,” said Yong Zhao, director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at University of Oregon. “We want students to create genuine, authentic products for each other.” In …

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DARPA Supports the Maker Movement

Source: Make Magazine, Jan 2012 The new Makerspace program, developed by Dale Dougherty of MAKE and Dr. Saul Griffith of Otherlab, will integrate online tools for design and collaboration with low-cost options for physical workspaces where students may access educational support to gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. The …

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Rapiro – a cute robot with Pi

Source: Kickstarter, Jun 2013 RAPIRO is a cute and affordable robot kit designed to work with a Raspberry Pi. It comes with a Arduino-compatible servo controller.

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Art and Technology at Bejing Makerspace

Source: Xinhuanet.com, May 2013

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Failure Is What You Make Of It

Source: EdSurge, Apr 2013 … embrace epic failure. … once you learn that failure is a friend, you become much more willing to push boundaries – which is what “making” is about. … a lot of kids simply cannot handle failure. Rather than look at what happened and why, they seem to be crushed emotionally …

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Study/Work Spaces

Source: Products of Design, date indeterminate

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Next-Gen Learning Challenges Grants

Source: Next Generation Learning Challenges website, Mar 2013 Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two types of grants – Launch Grants and Planning Grants – from developers of new, whole-school, breakthrough schools at the secondary level (students within grades 6-12). NGLC will award 20 launch grants of $150,000 guaranteed plus up …

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Makerspace Playbook

Source: Makerspace website, date indeterminate The Makerspace Playbook guides those who are hoping to start a Makerspace at their school or in their community. We welcome your feedback on the kinds of things we should add to this Playbook, what you think we got right and wrong, and any changes you’d make in general.

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