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ATTiny Adventures: Exploring the Mysteries!

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with maker adventurers Dr. Susan Klimczak, George Swallow & James Salvatore
gratitude for encouragement and assistance from our friends Per-Ivar Kloen and Jeannine Huffman

All the beautiful hand-drawn ATTiny85 illustrations are kindness of one of my favorite graphic artists of the maker movement, Marten Hazelaar from the great country of The Netherlands

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LogoEditor! An Online Text Editor for the LogoTurtle Robot with James Salvatore

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For the past several years, many of us in the maker education community have been working on developing a new LogoTurtle Robot (with Josh Burker and Erik Nauman leading the way) to honor Seymour Papert. 

"Logo Turtle with Seymour Papert Lego MiniFig" kindness of Christopher Sweeney

 

Connecting Children around the World to Explore Emotions through the Emosilla "Emotions Chair"

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Ilaria La Manna is an extraordinary children's educator and director of Fab Lab Argentina, who works with FabLat, an organization that connects children and educators learning and making all over Latin America.  She is in Boston taking some courses and generously offered to connect our Fab Lab to a network of Fab Labs doing an Emosilla or "Emotion Chair" workshop in Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica and Columbia on Saturday 5 December 2015.

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“I saved the world...multiple times!”: the powerful impact of youth teaching younger children and their peers STEAM-related activities

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This is a guest blogpost by our talented Tufts University Tisch Summer Fellow, Michelle Nguyen, who conducted research with Boston's Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn program.  Annually, our teen youth teachers teach 700+ children at over 25 community organizations. We have high expectations that our youth always exceed.  As our program name suggests, we also believe that learning is deepened when youth are engaged in teaching others.

Making the world of maker education work for everyone: Listening to what youth say

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I've been an education organizer for Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn for a dozen years. Many of our youth have moved on to college and beyond and sometimes I lose track of them.  So, late one night I decided to google "Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn" to see what came up.  

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Sweet Tweets: Remixing the Electric Cuff Activity

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As a maker-educator, I love Twitter and have many Twitter maker friends who inspire my practice.  

Recently, my Twitter friend @joshburker (who recently published a rockin’ maker guide you definitely want to buy!) did a light-up electric cuff soft circuit project with his senior citizen technology group at the library.

                

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Toward Making Change: Beyond #BlackLivesMatter (Three: Using Design-Thinking, Collaboration & Hip Hop Culture to Plan Activities)

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This is the third of a series of posts documenting the progression of a collaborative project at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City supported by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean's Equity Project.  The goal was to create a safe and creative space for high school and college youth to explore their identities and the issues that have come up for them with the #BlackLivesMatter movement through activities based on Hip Hop Culture.

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"Technological Disobedience" in Cuba and informal making education

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The FabLearn Fellows have been talking a lot about decentering the history and definition of making, makers and maker education.  

I ran across this video on "Technological Disobedience" in Cuba that sparked my imagination.  

 

http://youtu.be/v-XS4aueDUg

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"Why I am not a Maker" by Debbie Chachra: Toward problematizing what it means to be a "Maker"

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I really liked this article "Why I am not a Maker" by Debbie Chachra from our own Olin College outside Boston, which is doing the most difficult and amazing work of transforming engineering education. 

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/why-i-am-not-a-mak...

I added some comments to the article that I paraphrase here:

Toward Making Change: Beyond #BlackLivesMatter (Two: Strategies for Networking & Community Participation)

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This is the second of a series of posts documenting the progression of a collaborative project at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City supported by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean's Equity Project.  The goal is to create a safe and creative space for high school and college youth to explore their identities and the issues that have come up for them with the #BlackLivesMatter movement through activities based on Hip Hop Culture.

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