College, middle and high school students have the opportunity to win scholarships by showing off their 3D design prowess.
Sam Patterson says he isn’t going to be the guy telling everyone else that they should teach with puppets, but he is happy enough to tell you why it works really well for him. Patterson is the makerspace coordinator at Echo Horizon School. He talked with us about using puppets to help students think about design goals, building puppets to teach students about iterative processes and more.
The makerspace isn't just a fixed space where kids come and go to complete busywork. It's an extension of a well-established approach to educating students that has applications and deep implications across disciplines.
Over the last few years, I've watched from afar as Pittsburgh's Remake Learning initiative has blossomed into a resource-rich network. Its 533-member organizations are striving to inspire and equip the next generation of innovators, problem-solvers and critical thinkers through hands-on, relevant learning.
The makerspace isn't just a fixed space where kids come and go to complete busywork. It's an extension of a well established approach to educating students that has applications and deep implications across disciplines.
Schools without a makerspace or without plans to implement a makerspace are now in the minority.
While more than half of school libraries in the United States and Canada (55 percent) offer maker programs to students, STEM isn't necessarily the biggest focus. The most common offering for almost four in five respondents to a recent survey (79 percent) was arts and crafts.
A Title I STEAM-focused school connects students to new ideas with tech tools that help construct their problem-solving skills all in one place.
Pop-up makerspaces have allowed project-based learning to grow and blossom. Using higher-order thinking skills, students are given the opportunity to problem-solve, ask questions, think, create, innovate, fix and revise. A new set of learning theories have popped up as well. Innovation and design theory have become a way of learning, with entrepreneurship at the helm.
In addition to improvements in cost, the device reportedly allows for larger-scale printing and greater precision than many commercially available bioprinters. The team released its research under a Creative Commons license to encourage others to build their own as well.