Educators fortunate enough to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge 2013 will be greeted by an amazing faculty, world-class guest speakers, a mountain of LEGO, a plethora of electronics, piles of art supplies, a fully stocked library, assorted toys, tools and countless other objects to think with.
The goal is to have anything a learner might need within reach of every CMK participant.
In addition to ordering tons of microcontrollers, electronics kits and components from Sparkfun, Adafruit Industries, and Chinese LED sellers, the following is a sampling of the “stuff” one will find at the greatest professional learning event of the year.
It’s not too late to register!
Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Martinez and Gary S. Stager.
The first book to capture the tools and energy of the maker movement for K-12 classrooms. (Kindle & print editions)
This entry-level 3D printer has received stellar reviews.
The autobiography of our legendary Guest Speaker, NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath
Brotherly Jazz (DVD)
A musical documentary on Jimmy Heath & The Heath Brothers
The most recent recording by the Heath Brothers
CD or MP3
The debut recording by CMK 2013 Guest Speaker Emmet Cohen
Lots of secret codes, tricks and disguises!
The New American High School by Ted Sizer, Nancy Faust Sizer and Deborah Meier
“The late Theodore Sizer’s vision for a truly democratic public high school system.”
This new 37 Modules Sensor Kit provides all kinds of funny and completed moduels for Arduino fans. These modules will output valuable signals directly by connecting Arduino boards. It is extremely easy for Arduino fancier to control and use these modules. This kit will help you control the physical world with sensors.
I’ve lost several of these, one of my favorite cameras for little kids and shooting an hour of video on a charge.
GoPro HERO3: Black Edition
Gotta have it to capture all the fast-paced action!
Great low-cost drawing/painting tablet.
One of the best books about teaching and education reform I’ve read in many years!
microtivity IL185 5mm Assorted Diffused LED w/ Resistors (5 Colors, Pack of 50)
Hacking Electronics: An Illustrated DIY Guide for Makers and Hobbyists
The reference tool I’ve been waiting for!
The new competitor to the Raspberry Pi in the sub-$50 computer market.
Raspberry Pi Model B Revision 2.0
The latest version of the Raspberry Pi computer.
WiFi for the Beaglebone or Raspberry Pi
The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide (Now in Color!)
An amazing little book!
You need a multimeter if electronics projects are underway.
Turn a mic stand into a tripod!
A complete inexpensive green screen studio in a bag!
My #1 camera needs some really big fast RAM.
Moby Dick: A BabyLit Ocean Primer [Board Book]
Moby Dick for pre-readers!
Be sure to check out the rest of the series of “board books for brilliant babies!”
My Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone projects might need a lot of RAM
Essential for stop-action animation projects and close-up photography.
Everything folds up into a carrying case!
A good quality all-purpose microphone.
One genius controls an entire robot orchestra with a guitar!
Kids have always made stuff. The difference between the Little Rascals and the maker movement is computation.
A brilliant way to get started with e-textiles!
This set contains everything you need for simple wearable computing projects.
CMK needed a new projector!
A fantastic portable amplifier and mixer.
Make interactive electronic greeting cards out of paper! A classroom set for 30 kids is available for $90.
Paint and markers for paper-based circuits.
Conductive tape for all sorts of projects
Lots of inexpensive bulk LEDs
$15.30 (larger sets are also available)
Wicked cool reusable connectors, hinges and child-safe saws for building cardboard constructions.
Wheel sets for cardboard boxes. You need these with Makedo!
A zillion high and low-tech project ideas and suggestions for amusing yourself.
A full-color project book for learning Scratch programming. It even includes a chapter on using the external Picoboard!
Really cool and beautifully photographed tech projects ideas for kids and adults alike.
The latest addition to the three book Geek Dad series for girls, their moms (plus teachers, brothers and fathers)
A new full-color guide to building machines out of LEGO Technic! Mechanical principles are explained clearly.
This recent book about the Maker revolution is by the former editor of Wired Magazine.
However, Neil Gershenfeld’s seminal book, Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication, does a better job of covering the “maker” revolution despite having been published in 2005.
$60 – 70
My late friend, Steve Ocko, invented this programmable floor turtle (robot) for Milton Bradley in 1979. There has never been a more powerful easy-to-use robot available for kids since.The good news is that some lunatic bought the rights to the Big Trak and is manufacturing new ones 30+ years later.Kids from 5+ will play and learn with Big Trak for ages.
$49.95 – $59.95
There’s no adequate way to explain Makey Makey, “the invention kit for everyone,” but you need to own at least one of them!
Learn more here.
An early-childhood robotics construction kit that may be controlled via Scratch.
Sugru various prices
Miraculous shapeable air-cured rubber, because “the future needs fixing!”
$36.24 (and worth it!)
This fantastic book makes real mathematics come alive for kids (and teachers) grades 5 and up through the exploration of cryptography. There is plenty to keep you busy for years within this book.
A star-studded documentary chronicling the dizzying variety of street games invented and played in New York City, as well as the life lessons learned playing them.This DVD should inspire a great deal of play and creative “research” projects among young people.
A terrific print guide to playing classic games including: Kings, Skellzies, Potsie, Stick Ball and Hit the Penny.The book even comes with bottlecaps, sidewalk chalk and a “spaldeen.”
This book is filled with insanely creative ways to turn your photographs into amazing products and crazy ways to capture photographs you won’t believe. Fun for the whole family!
Check out the exciting description of projects and photo techniques included in this unique book.
I love love love these LEGO construction books!Yoshihito Isogawa’s three magnifcent wordless books of LEGO Technic project ideas are like the holy books of LEGO construction. There are enough ideas contained within to keep you building for years!
Legendary educator and education author, Herb Kohl’s beautiful meditation on life, teaching, learning, art and aging.
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It makes a lovely inspirational gift for the artist or educator in your life.
I’m in this book, along with Phillip-Seymour Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, Bill T. Jones, Bill Ayers, Deborah Meiers, Lisa Delpit, Maxine Greene, Diane Ravitch and many others.
Herb Kohl & Tom Oppenheim interviewed some of today’s most prominent artists about the educational experiences that led them to their creativity and then leading educators responded to each interview.
The first magnificent memoir by this Nobel-Prize winning physicist, raconteur and tinkerer. This is a must-read for anyone over twelve years of age.
A fine biography in graphic-novel format. Appropriate for teens.
Books by and about the ultimate tinkerer and scientist
For the frustrated parents of young tinkerers
Parent activist Juanita Doyon offers practical advice for protecting your kids from destructive school policies like standardized testing.
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