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MakerFaire Projects You Don’t Want to Miss

My last #EditorsChoice award of this year's #MakerFaire to the giant squid #Mechateuthis. #MFBA16 pic.twitter.com/hrwmn8gdIz — Alasdair Allan (@aallan) May 23, 2016 New book for #Maker educators! "Meaningful Making" – now in print AND free download https://t.co/RcNzqPl1Ss #makerfaire — Sylvia LibowMartinez (@smartinez) May 22, 2016 Laser cutting with Glowforge #MFBA16 #makerfaire #DIY https://t.co/ZBFjBfQG37 — Maker

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Maker Skills Summer Workshops at SparkMacon

Through making and tinkering, students learn using their hands, grow their creativity, and become more curious about their world and testing the limits of what is possible. SparkMacon makerspace has designed a series of workshops to connect you with the essential technology skills of inventing using computer programming, digital fabrication, and robotics.   Through this workshop series,

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Minetest: a free and open source alternative to #Minecraft

Clever teachers around the world have found ways to adapt the popular open world block-building game Minecraft to teach lessons ranging from computer programming, math, history, and more.   Minecraft is like having an infinite bag of Legos.    Minecraft has empowered players young and old to build amazing environments and inspires a special kind of creativity

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4 Middle Georgia Makerspaces to Boost Your Creativity

Published on April 28, 2016 by in technology

Across the world, maker spaces have become hubs for creative technologists and artists to gather to share community, ideas, tools, and grassroots education.  In the years that I’ve blogged on InspiredToEducate.NET, it has been amazing to see the growth of the makers movement in Middle Georgia.   I still remember my road trip to Augusta,

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Giving Yourself Margin

I’m in one of those seasons of life where my schedule feels three notches beyond packed.  We enjoy staying active in our church, our community, and family.  My wife and I believe in the concept of going above and beyond in our professional lives too.   We, however, recognize that packing our lives with more activities

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Thanks to our SparkMacon Maker Space Teachers

In the past year, we had the pleasure of organizing our first young maker program serving 15 young ladies from our community partner, Real Impact.    Through this program entitled Project Renaissance, our students gained exposure to STEAM skills including coding, 3D modeling, 3D printing, laser cutting, costume making, Arduino hacking, and robot building.   This program

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Grammarly

Published on March 5, 2016 by in technology

In this blog post, I wanted to share a tool for anyone who cares about improving their clarity in writing.   As a blogger, I always appreciate any tool that helps me communicate well.  Honestly, it takes a great deal of internal focus to make sure I’m following the rules of grammar and punctuation.  

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Programming Lego Mindstorms EV3 with Python

Published on February 15, 2016 by in technology

In our educational makerspace, our team has promoted the python programming language with young makers.   The python programming language has engaged students young and old for many reasons.   The language tends to be approachable and concise.   The language connects to a broad range of situations including Minecraft programming, Raspberry Pi, video game programming, and web

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Visual Programming Tools To Engage Students

A friend of mine had just finished doing “Hour of code” on Code.org with her STEM club.   She asked me to comment upon what you might be able to do next to extend their learning experiences from code.org.    The website does an amazing job of introducing the basic ideas of code(sequencing, loops, decision

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Adventures with TinkerCAD and Minecraft

My kids and I really enjoy playing Minecraft together. There’s something magical about designing a 3D structure and getting to see it in a game world. Using my favorite 3D modeling tool for students, TinkerCAD, we tried importing stuff from Thingiverse into Minecraft. Here’s some of the results from our experiments. I’m thinking about using

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