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Materials and Making, a mariage of Science, Art and Storytelling

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by Christa Flores -

When we remove the white coat of inquiry we are introduced to a world of stories of practicing artists and scientists that have blurred the lines of these seemingly disparate disciplines. These stories inspire us by revealing the long standing history of how science has influenced art movements and individual artists. In this section we will look at the role of materials as a rich and natural intersection for the practice of art and science in harmony. We will hear a story of a how the science of the mind influenced a modern art movement and we will also examine the value of art as a powerful catalyst for inquiry for scientists of all ages. Thanks to the maker movement and the merger of art with STEM, we are seeing a witnessing a new horizon of Material Science and Making. 

The Science of Design, Hillbrook's Spring Hard Problem 2016

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by Christa Flores -

Hillbrook’s 5th grade, the class of 2019, has embarked on this year’s spring hard problem, a semester long deep project in science that addresses rigorous research practices, as well as a challenging engineering and design prompt. 

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

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by Susan Klimczak -

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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by Susan Klimczak -

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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by Susan Klimczak -

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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by Susan Klimczak -

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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by Susan Klimczak -

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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