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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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Broken Toy to Wifi Controlled Robot #DIY #Arduino #RaspberryPi

A good friend of mine from our local makerspace enjoys teaching students about electronics by taking stuff a part.   He has a talent for finding free or inexpensive pieces that students enjoy deconstructing.   Through this experience, he has the opportunity to connect the theory of electronics/mechanics to real stuff.   Inspired by this

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Historic #SpaceX launch! Amazing Booster landing!

Published on December 22, 2015 by in technology

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Lessons learned from teaching Minecraft coding workshops

In the past few months, I have had the opportunity to lead Minecraft coding workshops using ScriptCraft in our makerspace and a local museum.   Walter Higgins had done an amazing job of creating documentation and tools to help students learn JavaScript while playing with Minecraft.    I wanted to share some reflections on teaching

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10 Resources for Building Makerspaces in Schools

Girls from Real Impact Center learning about 3D printing at SparkMacon Makerspace During a teacher meetup through we held last night, we mentioned ways that makerspaces and project based learning directed by student interest can inspire student curiosity, creativity, and personalized learning.     We organized this meetup to listen for ways we can support

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