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Maker research: instruments for efficacy and visual spatial skills

Institution

by Sylvia Martinez -

Shaunna Smith, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Texas State University who I met at the Maker Ed Summit in Arizona last fall. She has been facilitating art + math makercamps for middle school girls with a focus on impacts to their efficacy and visual spatial skills. They use the Revised Purdue Spatial Visualization Tests: Visualization of Rotations (Revised PSVT:R), which can be viewed here (she had to email them directly to request a free copy from the author).

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

Institution

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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New: Making and Tinkering: A Review of the Literature

Institution

by Sylvia Martinez -

A new literature review was just released by the Board of Science Education (an NSF funded program associated with the National Academies) called:

Making and Tinkering: A Review of the Literature, by Shirin Vossoughi and Bronwyn Bevan

http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/docs/publications/1389898569543ea0951a19d.pdf

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LASER CUTTER AND SILKWORMS

Fellow

by Susanna Tesconi -

 In a week I'll be presenting, together with L. Arias a short paper at Fablearn Europe.  This is an extract I like to share with you Fellows.

Abstract

In this paper, we describe an ongoing education programme promoted by LABoral Art Centre that uses digital fabrication and ¨making¨ in order to produce methodological change in teaching practice in public schools. Also we present a case study as example of FabLab environment used as constructionist toolkit.

Author Keywords

Making; Children; Constructionism.

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