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Inspiring Stories of Makers Building Autonomous Robots

As my kids get older, I have enjoyed finding ways that we can learn together, get inspired, and be entertained as a family.   To my surprise my little boys have really enjoyed Nova documentaries.   As a “big kid,”  I find these stories very motivating and insightful.   I wanted to share two of

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How to use Blockly in Your App [Video]

Are you looking for a way to introduce young makers to computer programming?  Programming by puzzle piece has become very popular user interface to help empower novice users to code.   You can find this programming interface in products like Scratch, MIT app inventor, LearnToMod, and tools at Code.org .   Blockly is the JavaScript

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5 DIY Projects Involving Lego, Arduino, and Motors

Some things just belong together like peanut butter and jelly.   As I have been building Lego toys with my kids, I started to wonder if you could connect Arduino stuff to Lego stuff. While  my kids really enjoy the Lego Wedo and Lego Mindstorm, those kits can be rather costly.   I started searching

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Lessons Learned from Blogging in 2014

Good morning!  I hope that you and your family had a Merry Christmas!  I hope you have a happy new year!  To our regular readers, I want to thank you for being a part of our community.  In 2014, many of you actively contributed to building SparkMacon MakerSpace.    Our community is very thankful.   I’m thankful

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Celebrating Community Learning at SparkMacon MakerSpace

On our blog InspiredToEducate.NET, we have reflected on the benefits of learning by making.   It has been fun putting project based learning ideas into action at our new makerspace.   Our team has been given the opportunity to implement project based learning experiences in community meetups.   Our team has completed some informal reflection upon community events so

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Logo Programming Goes 3D

As a kid, one of my first programming languages was the Logo.  It’s a really simple language that ran on Apple IIe’s that enables you to draw with code. Logo uses the metaphor of a turtle. The kid programmer can instruct the turtle to drop paint behind it, turn by an angle, and move forward.

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“Educator with a Maker Mindset” by @jackiegerstein

“When a kid builds a model rocket, or a kite, or a birdhouse, she not only picks up math, physics, and chemistry along the way, she also develops her creativity, resourcefulness, planning abilities, curiosity, and engagement with the world around her.” Dale Dougherty – Founder of Make Magazine / Maker Faires Jackie Gerstein during the

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Top 10 Posts on Maker Education

  Invent To Learn: Inspiring Students To Learn Through Making. “STEAM: Creating A Maker Mindset” by @vvrotny and @speterson224 Benefits of Teaching Kids To Code That No One Is Talking About Impact of Seymour Papert on Learning, Engagement, and Creativity 17 Fun Tools To Teach Kids To Code by @ChrisBetcher 3 Tutorials on 3D Modelling

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Impact of Seymour Papert on Learning, Engagement, and Creativity

In our digital economy, it becomes important that our children learn to create, to love learning, to have integrity, to foster critical thinking, and to be active citizens.   It’s become commonly understood that our current culture for our US school system doesn’t always foster these key qualities.    I wanted to introduce you to Seymour Papert

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Humans Need Not Apply [video]

Published on October 18, 2014 by in stem, technology

Imagine a world where large classes of people lose their jobs by no fault of their own.   How would we adapt? A friend of mine shared a thought provoking video entitled “Humans Need Not Apply.”   CGP Grey argues that humanity needs to get ready because technology and automation present a threat to many

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