Tag Archives: making

Oh, The Stuff You Might Learn With at CMK 2013

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 […]

Your Classroom Needs a DIY Wind Machine!

A great idea classroom inquiry  is a wind machine with which children may mess-about with aerodynamic, motion, gravity and engineering. Best of all, your classroom wind machine is made of a common household fan, embroidery hoops and sheet of plastic! Students use junk, art supplies and recycled materials (berry baskets, paper, string, pipe cleaners, plastic […]

Free Plans for Fantastic Classroom Science Center

One of my favorite ideas for a classroom inquiry center is a marble maze made of a simple pegboard, scraps of molding, tubes and other recycled materials. The web site for San Francisco’s phenomenal Exploratorium features an educational rationale for the marble maze, examples and a fantastic PDF complete with building instructions and classroom ideas. […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Young Makers & Tinkerers

Treat yourself or the other makers in your life to these incredible new (or old favorite) materials and sources of inspiration for future learning adventures. Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of this list for additional materials you’ll want under the tree. All of the recommended products are affordable and may […]

Strategies for Hands-on Learning

At the May 2012 Bay Area Maker Faire, Steve Hargadon interviewed me about learning through making and tinkering. We discussed strategies educators might employ to bring constructionist learning to their classrooms. (Yes, I’m wearing holographic Astroboy t-shirt.) Check out some of the new workshops and seminars I can lead at your school, district or conference. […]