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The Culture of Making - FabLearn Fellows March 2015 Blogs

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by Sylvia Martinez -

The 2014/2015 FabLearn Fellows cohort is a diverse group of 18 educators and makers. They represent eight states and five countries, and work with a wide range of ages at schools, museums, universities and non-profits. Throughout the course of the year, they will develop curriculum and resources, as well as contribute to current research projects. Their blogs represent their diverse experience and interests in creating better educational oportunities for all.

March 2015 Blog Highlights

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Earth Day- Free Upcycling Curriculum

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by Mark Schreiber -

Earth Day 2015 is coming this month! So, celebrate by having your students do an upcycling activity. To help you out, I'm giving you a free upcycling curriculum.  

Here are the 4 easy steps:

  1. Download the free Design Case Curriculum PDFs using this link. (I'm making this opensource under the creative commons now so feel free to pass it along) and unzip it.  (see quick start below)
  2. Go to your local bike shop, climbing wall, upholstery shop, etc. and ask for some of their hard-to-recycle items like rubber tubs, old ropes, discarded fabric, corks, burlap, etc.
  3. Use the activities in the Design Case Curriculum to help your students create a new upcycled product.
  4. .....
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Documenting, connecting big ideas, and sharing - what makes "making" work

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by Sylvia Martinez -

The 2014/2015 FabLearn Fellows cohort is a diverse group of 18 educators and makers. They represent eight states and five countries, and work with a wide range of ages at schools, museums, universities and non-profits. Throughout the course of the year, they will develop curriculum and resources, as well as contribute to current research projects. Their blogs represent their diverse experience and interests in creating better educational oportunities for all.

February 2015 blog highlights:

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From Name Tags to Lasting Artifacts; Fostering a Culture of Deep Projects

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by Christa Flores -

Much hype has been made about incorporating Design or Design Thinking into education, but what is design and why is it “suddenly” a valued 21st century concept in education? Anyone who has taken a Design Thinking workshop knows that little is gained from a one hour design cycle, especially those based on product development that may or may not be a sustainable use of resources. On the other hand, understanding the actual process of design through first hand practice requires time, a lot of time. Years in some cases. That being the case, are schools that are pushing design into their programs allowing students to know more than the terms of design (brainstorm, iterate and empathy) or are they truly teaching the value, and intricacy of the design process? Inspired by Paulo Blikstein’s contribution to Agency by Design’s Makeology book (in press), I am focusing this blog on the importance of “fostering a culture of deep projects” as it relates to the design work that I do in science with my 5th graders.

 

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Relevant Research: Evidence & Impact: Museum-Managed STEM Programs in Out-of- School Settings

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by Sylvia Martinez -

Interesting paper - seems like a lot to dive into! I haven't had time yet, but I wanted to share with you all.

Evidence & Impact: Museum-Managed STEM Programs in Out-of- School Settings (PDF)

By Bernadette Chi, Rena Dorph & Leah Reisman, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley

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