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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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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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How to build Paper Stomp Rockets

Building paper stomp rockets can be a fun way to engage students and your kids in learning about experimentation, designing by iteration, and aerodynamics.  Let me put extra emphasis on fun!!  My kids have really loved this build.    In anticipation for a local arts, technology, and maker festival in Macon, GA, I wanted prepare a small project

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Reflecting on NASA Coding for Teachers workshop

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to present a coding for teachers workshop at the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center (RERC) at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA and had a blast!  Our team had a wonderful time coaching teachers on using code.org, Scratch, and maker tools in the classroom.  To the

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Real Impact Center of Macon: Changing Lives Through STEM education

Real Impact Center of Macon, an organization dedicated to helping young ladies gain exposure and proficiency in STEM skills, offers a number of summer camp experiences and fun/engaging workshops through out the year.   I have had the pleasure of getting to know the Real Impact team and students through SparkMacon makerspace.    Our organizations

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Make-End: Macon’s Maker Festival

Make-end is an art and technology festival sponsored by College Hill Alliance showcasing the talents of artists, clothing makers, computer programmers, costume designers, crafters, DIYers, engineers, entrepreneurs, furniture designers, gadget makers, game designers, graphic designers, metalworkers, robot creators, scientists, technologists, and woodworkers. Middle Georgia Makers across the region will be exhibiting their products, services, and

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Top 10 Posts on InspiredToEducate.NET

5 DIY Projects Involving Lego, Arduino, and Motors 8 Resources for Building Your DIY Robot using Arduino, JavaScript, and Raspbery Pi Easy Data Visualization with Google Charts and JavaScript Learn To Build Your Own Conversational Robot using ChatScript DroidScript: Building Android Apps using JavaScript Benefits of Teaching Kids to Code that No One is Talking

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10 Tools You’ll Love at SparkMacon Makerspace

SparkMacon is a community space equipped with the tools and grass-roots education required to convert your idea into a reality. We blend the best of art & technology. In this post, I wanted to give you a taste of the types of tools our makerspace can offer to makers of all ages. Our Community: We’re

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Moving Your DIY Robot using Arduino and Servos

Interested in building your own Arduino robot? For me, it has been a fun project to do with my kids. We built our first the robot using the PiBot robotics kit. Additional iterations utilized Legos, Sumobot Jr, cardboard, and other materials around the house. It’s fun to invent your own chassis and designs. Using some

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