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The Culture of Making - FabLearn Fellows March 2015 Blogs

Institution

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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STEAM, STEM, and Making

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by Tracy Rudzitis -

What do these words mean? How are they interpreted by teachers, by administrators, by students, by politicians? 

 

In the past few months I have been a part of a number of discussions surrounding this question. The conversations are genuine and in most cases have the best interests of students and learning in mind. There is one thing that I have noticed, there can be a wide range of perspectives and responses to these questions.

 

Making for Change

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by Roy Ombatti -

In the Nairobi Fablab, I have personally seen that hands-on making is life-changing. However it can be difficult to measure impact and as such it is difficult to quantify the successes of the process. But I am particularly curious about the making in the context of the developing world. I feel the impact of the change effected by making is most significantly felt, and needed here. But then how do we ensure that making is exploited to its full potential?

Of Feet, Fleas and 3D Printing

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by Roy Ombatti -

I have been involved in many projects during my time at the Fablab in Nairobi and I personally enjoy those that leverage technology for change and development. I am most interested about the space for technology in development because I feel it is in this space that making is most needed. I believe very much in empowering people, primarily the poor, with the necessary knowledge and skills to make them problem solvers. Hailing from a developing country, this has never made more sense to me than it does now.

Nerdy Derby Racing for Thai Teachers in Bangkok EDUCA 2014

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by Nalin Tutiyaphu... -

35 teacher participants enjoyed learning by doing experience with Nerdy Derby Racing in the biggest Education Expo in Bangkok, Thailand.
This expo is an annual expo on education that provided workshops and seminars for teachers from all schools throughout Thailand.

Avoiding Cookie Cutters

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by Keith Ostfeld -

Last week, I helped fill in on the floor in one of our making spaces - the Inventors Workshop. When I arrived, the staff member I was relieving was helping a girl to build a small, tabletop catapult (our theme for the week was the Turkey-pult in honor of Thanksgiving). But, I noticed something - almost everyone in the workshop was creating a very similar catapult design.

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LASER CUTTER AND SILKWORMS

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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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