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Machines Gone Wild! Physical Programming with Cam-Driven Mechanisms

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by Susan Klimczak -

Here at Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn, we have been developing a new physical programming activity called "Machines Gone Wild!" that helps our youth learn about mechanical engineering with mechanisms and physical programming with Arduinos. So many of our youth "think with their hands" while building and last year we found that none of them had ever studied automata or mechanisms in their schools.  The youth teachers also told us they wanted an activity that programs geared motors because in the past, we have only used servo motors. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rethinking Squishy Circuits

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by Susan Klimczak -

At Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn, one of the activities youth teachers take out to Boston community organizations each year is Squishy Circuits.  This cool activity was originally developed by AnnMarie Thomas at University of St. Thomas School of Engineering in St. Paul, Minnesota (http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/).  

Making justice: Youth restoring their own humanity and the humanity of us all

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In problem-posing education, people develop their power to perceive critically the way they exist in the world with which and in which they find themselves;  they come to see the world not as a static reality, but as a reality in process, in transformation.   

- Paulo Freire

 

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