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Makerspace Handbook

  1. 1. Makerspace Culture  Workshop  By Aaron Maurer
  2. 2. Table of Contents Makerspace Summit: How do we build a true culture of learning and curiosity? 4 Goal of Workshop 4 Agenda 4 Aaron’s Bio 5 Part 1: What is a Maker? 6 Curious 6 Prototyping 7 Playful 7 Risk Takers 8 Persistent 9 Sharing: DIT not DIY 9 Maker Mindset 10 Maker Culture 10 Makerspace and Personalized Learning 11 Part 2: Build, Play, Share Cycle 13 LEGO Duck Challenge 13 Resources on Play 14 Input from Social Media 16 Ideal Makerspace 17 Part 3: PBL and Maker Worlds Collide 19 Begin with the Question 19 Standards 20 Integration Flaws 20 Project Based Learning Examples 21 Part 4: Exploring the Maker World 23 Maker Projects 23 Cycles 24 Can Students Learn and Have Fun? 25 Typical Week in Coffeechug Cafe 25 Innovation 28 Final Thought 28 Appendix 29 Where to Learn More? 29 Where to Get Maker Stuff 29 Examples of Makerspaces 30 Page 2
  3. 3. Elementary Makerspaces 30 Resources & Food For Thought 32 Books 32 Chew On This 33 Makerspace Materials 34 Makerspace Resource Sites 34 Research on the Need for Makerspace 34 Getting Started With Makerspace 35 Sample List of Makerspace Materials to Get Started 35 Additional Resources (in case you needed more) 36 BMS Project Examples from 2014 – 2015 37 Blog Posts on PBL 38 Deeper Learning 38 Page 3
  4. 4. Makerspace Summit: How do we  build a true culture of learning  and curiosity?  Resource ​ Goal of Workshop Join us for a full two hours of making, tinkering and designing flexible exploration spaces that support deep learning! Begin your journey with an introduction to Makerspaces. Collaborate with your maker colleagues as you experience the design process, complete challenges, and see examples of how this dynamic approach to learning can be part of your library, classroom, or school. Experience a variety of hands-on activity stations and demonstrations. Leave with ideas for getting started with Makerspace. It will be a jam packed two hours of AWESOMESAUCE! Agenda 1. Pre Workshop a. Participants will create name tag, badge bling, or binder bling. 2. BUILD, PLAY, SHARE a. Introduction and bio b. What is a Makerspace? What is a Maker? c. Build, Play, Share Cycle i. Materials 1. LEGO kit 2. Twitter 3. Improvement is No Longer the Challenge: Maker Mindset and Culture 4. Make Challenge #2 Ready, Set, Design a. Assembled ahead of time b. Various materials 5. PBL and Makerspace: How These Worlds Collide When Done Properly 6. Make Challenge #3: Interactive Notecards (optional if time) 7. What’s Next? (optional if time) Page 4
  5. 5. Aaron’s Bio Aaron Maurer is an Instructional Coach for Bettendorf Middle School. He has been in education for over a decade teaching sixth grade social studies, literature, and computer as well as spending many years teaching gifted education in grades 4-8 before taking on the new role of instructional coach. Aaron is a member of the Lego Education Advisory Panel, Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert, and was a finalist for the Iowa Teacher of the Year in 2014. He is an avid fan of STEM, Makerspaces, and Project Based Learning. He has launched a new engineering program called Young Engineers of Today and also coaches two robotics teams. In his free time he loves to spend time with his three kids, Aiden, Addyson, and Ava, their new bulldog Frankie May, and to act like the fourth child to his wife Amanda. Last, he is an avid coffee consumer frequently spotted wearing bow ties and searching for that perfect cup of joe. You can see all of his work on his website​​. Twitter @coffeechugbooks       Page 5
  6. 6. Part 1: What is a Maker?  Curious What happens when a person spends countless hours on a project that has not been assigned? No competition, no homework, no forcing of learning, but that moment when we become consumed? Today's culture is slowly losing opportunities for kids to get lost in their own curiosities. ● Every minute is scheduled ● Every activity is organized ● Every move is documented ● Every action has a consequence for the future Is there time to simply be a kid? What is the goal in education? Perhaps it is helping students find their way? A key to being a maker is to explore what is possible. ciences/mas-863-how-to-make-almost-anyt hing-fall-2002/index.htm Have we drifted so far away from the things we use that we are completely unable to recreate the simple objects that are ubiquitous in our everyday life? Learning how things work is empowering. While at first you might be trying to figure out which fold to make on a​ paper circuit​, you might end up with knowledge that is helpful in designing a​ new toy​. The point here is that we cannot lose sight of how things are made. When we begin to experiment and discover we then move into this area of flow where learning starts to spiral and leads to the next idea and learning moment. Page 6
  7. 7. Prototyping Iteration makes everything better. In maker culture,​ iteration is expected​. Doing and re-doing is how we know we are taking a risk in trying something new. It’s okay if it does not work as expected. It's okay to break it. Playful We don't always get to choose what our kids (either biological or in our schools) will be interested in. Makers want to make something original. Thinking back to Curiosity, how often do we give children the time and space to freely choose what they want to spend their time on? Originality is key! What happens if we toss toilet paper on the fan? Page 7
  8. 8. Risk Takers Are we being negligent when we overprotect our children from risk? Toy kits of today: ● There is a right way ● There is a singular path How do we challenge? If we go to bed and wake up feeling fine every single day, then we are not taking enough risks! Failure is a necessary attribute of engineering, which if you think about it is a contrast to what is taught in classrooms all over the nation where failure leads to loss of points and very rare second opportunities. This is much different than failing for not trying. We are talking about attempting to learn. Page 8
  9. 9. Persistent It is time we teach students to love learning for the sake of learning and not simply for the competition. By competition, I refer to not just events, but points in class and grades. For example, how many of us as parents have overstepped a child's project because it was not sufficient enough to earn the grade WE wanted them to earn? What does this teach the child? Watch my son deal with persistence with Sphero! Rc1a8 If you have a specific issue/problem that is holding you back, then do some research, send a thoughtful email to others, make a phone call to an expert and have a little audacity! When you reach out: 1. Avoid the obvious 2. Proximity helps 3. Do your homework 4. Don't waste people's time Young kids don't care about failure. Watch a 3-4 year old at play. They just keep trying and making new iterations of their ideas as they go along. They never stop. This beautiful mindset starts to fade when they enter school. They begin to worry about failing. Parents worry about failing children. Teachers worry about failing. Everyone all of sudden brings great emphasis to failing. Spot the difference between parents interacting with a young child vs. older child. When my daughter’s in the bleachers making mistakes we laugh and learn vs getting upset when our kid messes up on the basketball court. Because of this we forget about the joy in making things. The challenge becomes how to nurture play and not stress about mistakes in all children…..and adults? Sharing: DIT not DIY They don't just want to sit in their garage. They want to share and learn from others. This is the reason for a surge in many new events popping up all over the world. This is the reason for makerfaires, makerspaces, and conferences. Community examples of sharing: ● ● ● Page 9
  10. 10. ● ● ● ● ● Makers are always eager to share, which is the opposite of many classrooms where the teacher is usually the one up front sharing all the time. Making is a team sport. We often think of makers as isolated, nerdy, lonely people, but that is a misconception. Maker are connected. They work collaboratively with others. They openly share ideas (see open source communities). Makers give away designs and love to help others out with questions and ideas. Making is not really DIY, but more DIT - Do It Together. Makers are a community, which is one of the most powerful elements to making. For example with this workshop my PLN shared ideas to help! Remember: Every new project starts with an audience of one: YOURSELF. You must be invested yourself. Maker Mindset Don't worry about trying to learn every single tool. Instead, focus on understanding and learning the mindset. If you have the mindset, then the tools come naturally as you problem solve. If you have the mindset, then all the conversations about mistakes, failing, fail forward, fail fast, etc. are not needed as you just focus on what you are trying to solve. We don't view mistakes in video games as failures. We play again and again and again. School and making should operate the same seamless way. With a maker mentality the journey is the best part. Every constraint and parameter allows you to try something different. Ask, "What if…….?" Key ingredients: ● Persistent thinking ● Openly sharing learning moments ● Embracing the winding path of learning Maker Culture Real simple: Every single person involved is a teacher. Every single person involved is a learner. Ideas are nothing and prototypes are everything. You must do your project. Your excitement needs to be contagious and transmit to the children. When you lead this way you will find yourself being inspired by the students. How many times have we marveled at how kids play with such simple things? For Page 10
  11. 11. example, you buy your young child/grandchild a toy and they play with the box more. Part of the maker culture is having materials to allow for free reign of imagination. This may not look like much, but this is the most used space in Coffeechug Café. Makerspace culture promotes infinite play with no instruction. Let students explain their learning and ideas. We don't always have to fill their heads. They are not a vessel for us to fill up. Makerspace and Personalized Learning They magically and naturally go hand in hand. Personalized learning is simply about using tools, ideas, and strategies. Think about how many times we: ● Have a problem ● Do not have an answer ● Go to Google to find an answer ● Go to YouTube to find a video ● Click through images and videos to find what works best for you ● Take action to make it happen It is personalized as we find the curators we like. It is personalized as we find images and resources that make sense to us. It is blended and flipped as we watch, pause, rewind, test, do, find more, read up on new links. We don't need labels for these things. It is just a natural part of who we are with the technology at hand. My son will spend hours on YouTube watching videos that interest him. He will discuss the ideas at great length. When a learner is not engaged in the content learning will not happen. I cannot count how many times he has “forgot” to turn in an assignment that he has done or will do the bare minimum to get by in his classroom work. He is good student and will be successful, but if he devoted 1/10th of the time he invests in topics he is interested in into his school work, who knows….. The point here is that we must work to meet kids where their interests are and work to find ways to merge the requirements of education to the passions of the learner. Personalized learning is not something someone does to a learner. Learning is Page 11
  12. 12. personal. It is an action that we do ourselves. We don’t wait for it to be done to us. “The creative adult is the child who has survived.” Ursula Le Guin Every single child is a maker and some get to stay that way longer. Are we creating the culture need to keep the childlike spirit of play and creativity going in schools throughout the k-12 system? Page 12
  13. 13. Part 2: Build, Play, Share Cycle "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." - Plato LEGO Duck Challenge One idea that I love is to challenge students or my kids to make things that are simple and easy. One of the classic examples is the LEGO Duck Challenge. ​Check out my short video​ experimenting with my daughter who was 4 at the time as well as my son. Play allows us to: ● Team build ● Unleash creative thinking for accelerated innovation ● Work out a solution to a shared problem Page 13
  14. 14. ● Create a shared mindset about something ● Have constructive discussions where everybody is heard ● Build a shared vision ● Develop leadership ● Engage in one-on-one and team coaching ● Interact with children, family, school, etc Resources on Play ● ● ty_PUBLIC.pdf ● The future depends on play The future depends on play_Seriouslythemovie ● Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play ● Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity Page 14
  15. 15. ● Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite! ● Make Writing with LEGO Instead of Writing Old School ○ Using LEGO to build a rough draft story concept. ○ ● Tennis Ball LEGO Tower ○ With your team in 7 minutes, build the tallest tower you can with LEGOs that will support a tennis ball above a table. Measure the height in inches from the tabletop to the top of the tennis ball. ○ Materials: ■ Tub of assorted LEGO bricks ■ 1 tennis ball ■ Ruler ○ Idea from Wes Fryer ● Schoolwide LEGO World build challenge update! ○ A fun idea to include 1100 students in building with LEGO. ○ ○ ○ ● LEGO EV3: Bluetooth Project - Windy City ○ Using LEGO EV3 to prototype a product created by students to help with wind damage. ○ ● LEGO Creation Challenge #9 ○ Use 20 random pieces to challenge teachers and students to build with free play. ○ ● Coffeechug's LEGO Imagination Contest #1 - Halloween ○ More challenge ideas. ○ ● LEGO Teacher Nametag Prototype ○ A fun activity to use LEGO. ○ ● Moving To Middle LEGO Challenge #1: Eye Slide ○ Moving to middle build challenge. ○ ● Robodogs and the Power of FLL Learning ○ Using LEGO EV3 and First LEGO League helped me to see value in learning. ○ ● Hands On is Key to Learning ○ A community event to promote hands on learning. ○ ● LEGO Your School ○ Variety of activities and ideas. ○ Put bowls of Lego bricks in your meeting rooms and see what happens ○ Combine Lego with other facilitation techniques ○ Play around with the Lego bricks and invent new challenges ○ Build a Lego wall Page 15
  16. 16. ○ ● Cortical Homunculus ○ To learn more about this concept. ○ Input from Social Media In 2015 I reached out to the world via social media and posted the following: I am reaching out to this amazing group. I am conducting a Makerspace Workshop for superintendents. The focus is to challenge them to think about why we need a special space in schools to not feel like school. How do we move the elements of a makerspace mindset and culture into all classrooms. With that being said I wanted to pick your brains about key ideas, concepts, and more about what you would share in terms of makerspace mindset and culture. what would you do if you had these powerful people for three hours and the chance to help transform education? I will share my work early next week, but wanted to reach out to this group.​ Here are their responses from Facebook: ● Yes, bring back shop class: b/20090526_tna13crawford2009.pdf​​ ● Relate maker movement to older movement that needs reviving--shop class. ● I have been teaching woodworking for the last 12 years and only recently did I realize I was part of a movement until somebody labeled it "Makers" Yes, tie it into shop class. Most superintendents are old enough to have experienced hands on learning in such a place, at a time before everyone was expected to work on a computer and go to college. Here is a blog I wrote about my philosophy. Enjoy. Todd perfectly-circular-holes-differentials.h tml​​ ● Student-centered, interest-driven, project-oriented: the three keys. Each one, properly used, can be used to create a personalized learning path for each student which will eventually embody all three. Take your pick which one is the best hook for a particular student or situation, just make sure each one is manifested... ● amen to the other comments. I will go one step further. The longer-term vision might see every classroom as flexible space. In a broad conceptual sense, all student endeavors should be "makes" of one kind or another. The configuration of classroom spaces encourage (or not) student- and interest-driven explorations.​ ● In stressing 21st century skills, I would use Google and Apple as corporate models in which the maker space idea has allowed the companies to grow and thrive. Also, this article may give you some great ideas (Edutopia): makerspaces-building-the-buzz-lisa- yokana​​ ● I would try to have youth makers active in the maker space. Then Page 16
  17. 17. send the sups into the space to join in and then pull them out of it to reflect. Important that they can see humans busy at interest-driven work in the space. ● Hi, Aaron. I had a similar task last spring and wrote about it here on my blog. Take a look, feel free to use any of those resources, and let me know if you have questions or want more detail about anything mentioned. Since I'm co-authoring a book called "Making Literacy," I tend to approach it from a connected learning/participatory literacies standpoint, noting the ways that learning is social and embodied in maker spaces. Good luck! g/ ● I apologize my bad English, but I would like to share something about this. Making, thinking, playing, creating and other activities are good to relate to the context where the student learn. If it is classroom (makerspace or not) it has it’s own learning ecosystem. Many times it is not enough, the ecosystem should emerge and connect to the outside of classroom. When the students (or teacher) have decided their open learning task (some kind of big goal), they could at first make visible what kind of learning ecosystem they have and what they will need for the task. Then the community can build together the learning ecosystem during the learning project. I have noticed that it is very helpful when the community of classroom discuss and make for example mind maps of their group’s learning ecosystem. We have used this kind of parts learning ecosystem (figure). When the classroom (or makerspace) has already rich of resources it helps students step maybe to the next level. But I argue, that it is not usually ready for everyone (it not has to be ready), especially when the the project is student-driver. Ideal Makerspace An ideal Makerspace is a place where students can rapidly prototype ideas. A Makerspace is for learning, innovation, and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. A Makerspace usually has industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools. According to Fab Lab*,the gold standard in makerspaces, “makerspaces were originally designed for communities as prototyping platforms for local entrepreneurship, makerspaces are increasingly being adopted by schools as platforms for project-based, hands-on STEM education. Users learn by designing and creating objects of personal interest or import. Empowered by the experience of making something themselves, they both learn and mentor each other, gaining deep knowledge about the machines, the materials, the design process, and the engineering that goes into invention and innovation. In educational settings, rather than relying on a fixed curriculum, learning happens in an authentic, engaging, personal context, one in which students go through a cycle of imagination, design, Page 17
  18. 18. prototyping, reflection, and iteration as they find solutions to challenges or bring their ideas to life.” *Fab Lab is the educational outreach component of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), an extension of its research into digital fabrication and computation.         Page 18
  19. 19. Part 3: PBL and Maker Worlds  Collide  ● Ability is not fixed. With a bit of effort it can grow. ● Failure is going to happen and is part of learning and nothing to get upset about or punished for. ● Revision is part of the journey. Get used to reworking your visions to transform your work into something you are proud of. ● Knowledge will increase as you continue to inquire and ask, what's next? What if? ● Teaching is coaching. Allow people to learn. ● Care is vital to having success. ● Learning is fun. ● Show, don't tell. Exhibition nights serve as the maker community of makerfaires. We give students lots of permit exams and hardly any driver's tests. Begin with the Question Why do we still create assessments near the conclusion of a unit of study? This is insane and clearly an indication that our learning journey has not been mapped out. What is the question that students are trying to answer? What is the problem needing a solution? These must be identified up front and then pave the learning pathways, as students explore various networks to find an answer. This is not a recipe where each student answer is the same. This is a project where we have many different desserts as a result of the journey. What is the difference between project based vs project oriented?​ This article​ along with the amazing Jeff Robin from​ HTH explain best!​ See​ Jeff and his website​ for many more thought provoking pieces. Page 19
  20. 20. Standards I have heard it all before: ● I don't like the Common Core ● We are always getting new standards ● Why do we have to do this work with standards ● Standards ruin all good teaching Standards are just standards. That is it! They are simply a framework, not a How-To! The key piece that is often lost in these discussions is "What is the platform used to connect to the standards?" We want to know not only what students know but how they know it and what they can do with it! We don't care about a standardized test. The scores will take care of themselves if we push for deeper learning! Integration Flaws Don't confuse integration with enhancement! If you cannot identify both standards and assessments AND explain how you are using them and assessing equitably in your lesson, then it is not integrated. STEM is not simply using technology. Using a GoFormative for my lesson does not make me STEM! The push for STEM has led to the following: ● Robotics classes and clubs ● BYOD or 1:1 or some new system ● After school "STEM" clubs Makerspaces and STEM and any other buzzword should not be a program! We should be focusing on the practices and cultures that makes these ideas work. Page 20
  21. 21. BMS Approach: 1. We start off with the ​reading of this article​. 2. In teams teachers begin to fill out a chart listing their priority standards. The goal was to begin to have discussion over what standards naturally connect and bridge together. 3. We begin to brainstorm using a project ideation form​. 4. Once completed, or close to being finished, we guide teachers through a ​project tuning. a. #GGEE Video 8: Project Tuning Process with Students b. Student Voice and Participation in Teacher Project Tuning Session c. Project Based Learning - Project Tuning Experience Enhances My Skills and Appreciation For My Fellow Colleagues d. Project Based Learning - Project Tuning Experience 5. At the beginning of the year we host a ​Teacher Exhibition​ where all teachers showcase their projects to celebrate and seek feedback. Project Based Learning Examples ● PBL: It's More Than Projects​ - This is a video I created for our school board to help them understand the power of what we have going on with learning in our school. ● PBL: It Can Be Done With 1100 Students​ - This is the whole resource package along with my slides, videos, and more about how we have transformed our public middle school into a project based learning school that works. Much of this connects with makerspaces and the culture we are trying to build and establish. ● American Revolution Debate ● What is True Survival? ○ ● Ancient Engineering - We took a project from my Young Engineers of Today and applied it to 6th grade social studies. ○ Young Engineers of Today: Spring 2015 Lab 2 – Ancient Engineering Page 21
  22. 22. ■ i. Young Engineers of Today Spring Lab 4: PVC Trebuchet ii. Young Engineers of Today: Spring 2015 Lab 1 - Catapults b. Child's Play: A STEM Language Arts PBL Unit​ c. Math Masterpiece PBL d. Vinyl Name Placard PD e. Make Writing with LEGO Instead of Writing Old School       Page 22
  23. 23. Part 4: Exploring the Maker  World  Maker Projects Title Idea Link Robotic Pumpkin Video Use Arduino to code a pumpkin to open jaws, make noise, and sense objects. Electric Tree: A #YEOT Project Coil wires and solder LED lights to create your own decorative LED tree. Toys From Trash An amazing website where you can learn how to make so many things from simple materials. http://www.arvindguptatoys.c om/air-and-water.php?utm_c ontent=buffer71dca&utm_me dium=social&utm_source=twi er iPad Microscope Turn iPad into a microscope. padmicro/ Make a LEGO Picture Frame Short tutorial for a picture frame. earn-how-to-make-a-lego-pict ure-frame/ Young Engineers of Today: Spring 2015 Lab 1 - Catapults Another project to build projectiles. Siege Weapon Contest Launch it! Make Improvements! Launch It Again! YEOT: Fall 2015 Lab 1 - Building Structures Building Structures Design Challenge Page 23
  24. 24. Young Engineers of Today Spring Lab 4: PVC Trebuchet How to construct larger trebuchets. ● jw #YEOT Open Labs 3 and 4: Power Supply, Electric Tree, and Pumpkins ● 4Z Squishy Circuits nktank2/ Ideas for squish circuits. ● http://coffeeforthebrai Daredevil AF-5 Rubber band powered airplane. ● om/watch?v=6-8IWnN v0BE Coffeechug 3D Printed Ornament Challenge Results An annual challenge where we learn how to build ornaments in Tinkercad. ● b1 ● http://coffeeforthebrai ment-challenge/ Cycles People are tired of sitting and waiting for action to occur. They are taking matters into their own hands. People want leaders who move into action despite the idea that change can be scary. It takes someone to want to change and stand up to the status quo. The cycles of mediocrity do stop and can stop IF YOU want to change them. Many people say they want to improve and make change, but never do anything but talk. Let your actions lead by example. Although do it yourself might seem antithetical to the structured nature of school curriculum, new "making spaces" challenges established educational routines in favor of more organic learning that offers access to all kinds of ideas and materials. --Making Way for Maker Culture by Alan Labb and Elizabeth Neely. "The Maker Movement creates opportunities for learners to make, build confidence, foster creativity and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole" Page 24
  25. 25. Can Students Learn and Have Fun? “It looks like fun, but what are they learning?” is a common question asked about Making and Learning.​ Read the 10 Characteristics of a Highly effective Learning Environment from Te@chThought. Do you think these characteristics can be applied to Maker Education? Explore the Tinkering Studios framework here. Typical Week in Coffeechug Cafe So often in Coffeechug Cafe we test, experiment, teach, conduct activities, and more. Like most educators we forget to share all things we are working on. Sometimes they make it to the blog and social media if they take off, but not all things are huge. This does not mean that they should not be shared. So I will be adding a bit of a series to the blog updating on things we are working on every few weeks. One of the challenges of instructional coaching is showcasing how our time is being used and what sort of impact we have on education. I don’t believe in full length meetings with teachers questioning their every move unless they ask and volunteer for this type of support. Rather, what I am finding is that teachers want to get better and they do that through exploring new options of teaching and learning, sampling ideas with a small group, developing radical ideas with a student, and basically dabbing a toe in the water of a new frontier. I thought it would be cool to share what has been happening in room F4 just in the few weeks. Obviously, I won’t share all details as not all of them are exciting and noteworthy, but here is a quick rundown of the last two weeks. 1. I bought a vinyl cutter with some grant money. We (as in Mr. Uhde) have been working through the software and Adobe Illustrator to figure out how to create good cuts. So far we have made some good ones and are using the cutter with a few students projects. 2. I worked with a student for a National History Day Project where we prototyped a soldering project for these massive cardboard mushrooms for an Alice in Wonderland presentation. These will be added to this massive canvas tri board created by Mr. Uhde in his workroom (not shown). Just wait until you see the finished product. This girl has a vision! ● Sampled a LEGO Duck challenge with students to see how many we could come up with in 90 seconds to Page 25
  26. 26. gain a baseline vs. adults for creative play. ● Hosted a Student Voice Roundtable Discussion as part of the national tour. This was mind blowing. We pulled together all types of students to talk deeply about education and their learning. We worked with Student Voice to make this happen as part of their tour to gather 10,000 voices. ● We have brought back Mr. Robot, swapping out the NXT with an EV3 and Raspberry Pi. Be ready for our new website. This is done by students before and after school. ● We hosted teachers from Western Dubuque showcasing PBL and how awesome our staff has been in this push for new levels of learning. Students came in and shared what they like and don’t like. ● Pulled out old trebuchets and catapults and tested new ideas for an 8th grade science project. ● Sample printed some ideas for National History Day projects. ● Troubleshot a gear measurement for a 3D printed car for potential 6th grade science project on gears. ● Helped with a 6th grade project launch on “What is true survival?” We connected with Mark Wood and Page 26
  27. 27. had an amazing day of learning. ● Sample vinyl cut project – Fallout 4 style ● Created vinyl art for a math project using Desmos App to challenge students to make cellphone case artwork using math. ● Our next tool – the Othermill CNC machine. This is giving us some serious challenges of learning, but we see some great potential for projects. ● Prototyped and gathered materials for a potential knockout exhibition night if I can make something work involving these pieces. This will require some serious coding, soldering, and experimentation before we are ready to have students put this idea together. Just wait!!!! ● We played a role in the ScienceFest by creating a hands on exploration workshop with robotics. ● While working on our robot early in the morning we took time to Skype with students from Kakuma Refugee Camp in Africa. Page 27
  28. 28. ● Made Writing with LEGO Instead of Writing Old School ● Made a piece for a BreakoutEDU PD session for teachers ● One of our many sample cuts with the Othermill This is just a small sample of what has taken place in Coffeechug Cafe. As you can see we believe in hands on learning for both educators and students. You have to have a vision and the drive to learn. From there we as instructional coaches can be the support to make things happen. I honestly believe that we if we were to level the importance of people in education, we as instructional coaches are a step below educators. We are a support system to help bring to life the ideas in the minds of educators and students. Looking at this small glimpse of work we have done in the last two weeks, which does not include the meetings and conversations, I can honestly say we have a good thing going right now that will have a huge payoff down the road. I would love to hear your thoughts about the images above and look forward to sharing how things develop and new ideas in development over the next few weeks. Innovation Look at your practice: ● Is it new? ● Is it better? ● What am I doing to get myself out of my comfort zone? Final Thought  One of my greatest fears is that we are taking away opportunities for kids to get lost in their own curiosity. We don't get to pick what our children are curious about. We do get the privilege to nurture these curiosities. It is our responsibility as parents, educators, mentors, and coaches. Page 28
  29. 29. Appendix  Where to Learn More? ● Automata ​- Instructions for the cardboard automata activity. ● Caine's Arcade​ - This short movie about a young Maker is a must-watch for anyone interested in the Maker Movement or project-based learning. Or anyone who loves kids. Seriously, just watch it! ●​ - Activities and resources to get kids interested in coding (programming). ● Crash Course in Design Thinking​ - The activity we did this morning (with extension activities and more information). ● Diana Rendina's Makerspace Resources ​- A very well-selected list of resources by teacher-librarian Diana Rendina, Makerspace guru. ● Edutopia​ - Edutopia's articles on the Maker Movement in education. ● Hack Your Notebook Day​ - Instructions on how to do copper-tape circuits such as we did today, along with some extended activities. ● Instructables ​- Like YouTube, but for hobbyists to share instructions on how to make (or do) things. ● Invent to Learn ​- THE book on the Maker Movement in Education! Written by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Dr. Gary Stager. ● Invent to Learn Website​ - Resources and updates on Maker in Education. ● LED Haiku Activity​ - A description of a paper circuit poetry project. ● List of Makerspace Definitions​ - collected by teacher-librarian Diana Rendina. See other Diana Rendina link too! ● MakerSpaces in Libraries ​- Special issue of the School Library Journal, all on Makers. ● MakerSpace Playbook​ - Free book (after registration) on how to set up a MakerSpace. ● MakeZine​ - The website version of Make Magazine (The print version should be in every school library!) ● Paper Circuirty Notebook​ - Printable workbook for doing paper circuit activities with kids. ● Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show​ - Engaging series of Maker videos by a young girl named Sylvia. She's a rock star in the Maker universe. ● What is a Makerspace?​ - Great video introducing one school's Makerspace and why it's successful. Where to Get Maker Stuff ● Adafruit​ - Company that makes and supports creative electronics kits, including sewable LEDs and processors! (My favorite example is the ​Ampli-tie​.) ● Best Price for Button Batteries ​- From ● Bluecell Blinking LEDs​ - Ridiculously low prices on blinking LEDS sold through Page 29
  30. 30. ● Cricut Explore ​- The main competitor to the Silhouette. It's kind of a Ford versus Chevy kind of competition, and if you want to compare the differences, just Google "Silhouette versus Cricut" to find some good comparisons. ● Evil Mad Scientist​ - Lots of cool electronics kits and also the best pricing on bulk candle-flicker LEDs! ● Inexpensive bulk LEDs​ - $.03 per LED in packs of 100 (plus shipping). These LEDs have visible color when unlit. Five different colors, including white. ● Kelvin​ - Catalog with lots of Maker-friendly tools and resources at great prices, and the source for the Beams and Triangles tools and materials. (Shipping can be pricey though.) ● Microtivity LEDs​ - $.06 per LED in packs of 80 ($4.37, free shipping.) All of these LEDs are clear when unlit; you only see the color when they are powered. Eight different colors, including white. ● Silhouette Cameo ​- The vinyl cutting machine we used. Here's a ​great video ​of how an industrial designer uses it to create models. Examples of Makerspaces ● Visit this slidedeck for images of makerspaces ● Connecting Children’s Lit to Makerspaces Elementary Makerspaces ● Are You Starting a K5 Library MakerSpace? ● 12 Easy Creative Table Prompts for Kids ● ● Play Doh Games ● Start a Band! Musical Instruments You Can Make ● Tinkerlab - Here are some of my favorites ○ How to Make an Origami Rabbit ○ 6​0 Egg Activities for Kids ○ Glittery Egg Geodes Experiment ○ Science Fair Project Ideas ○ Cooking with Toddlers Made Simple ○ H​ow to Blow Out an Egg with 3 Easy Tricks ○ The Best Play Dough Recipe ○ 5​0 Earth Day Activities for Kids ● TinkerLab book review with a project created by my 4 year old ○ Tinkerlab: Mandatory MAKE and STEM Reading​ Page 30
  31. 31. ● LittleBits​ – A growing line of electronic bits that snap together for prototyping and learning about electronics. ​Here’s a nice case study. ● MaKey Makey ​– Check the website for lots of project ideas. ● Bee bots​ – cute little programmable robots. ● Dash and Dot ​– more cute programmable robots. Use ​the Tickle app​ to program. ● WeDo​ – LEGO’s robotics kit for K-2 (but easily goes up in age, especially when paired with Scratch). ● Hummingbird Robotics Kit ​– this might be upper elementary, but there is no easier way to create robots with moving parts, sensors, and lights than this. Perfect with upcycled and craft materials. ● Scratch​ or ​Turtle Art​ – Never too young for computer science! ● Don’t forget computers, cameras, craft materials, electronics, batteries, tools, junk, etc. ● Squishy circuits – ​Homemade conductive and insulating dough​ lets kids play with circuits. Check out ​Super-Awesome Sylvia’s Squishy Circuit Show​ for some great ideas. Also watch this video by Squishy Circuit dough creator AnnMarie Thomas​ about how to talk about electronics to young children (even 3 year olds!) ● Paper circuits – The Exploratorium has a ​good getting started with paper circuits page​. With some experimentation, you can use regular LEDs instead of the tiny surface mount LEDs they recommend (they are tiny and hard to manage). If you want a kit, ​Chibitronics offers circuit sticker kits,​ plus a lot of videos about techniques for paper circuits. ● Soft circuits (sewing with electronics) – ​The Exploratorium (again!) has a good getting started page​. And ​Super-Awesome Sylvia makes a cuddly creature with light up eyes in this video​. ● Rube Goldberg or chain reaction machines – ​A video is worth a thousand words. ● Marble runs and ramps – ​Small scale versions​. ​Larger scale versions​. ​Josh Burker’s Marble Machines. ● Scribbling machines​ – Easy to build robots using scrap materials with pens for legs and a small off-center motor. The vibrating motor causes the robot to dance around and scribble on a large sheet of paper. ● Wind Tubes​ – Easy to make large upright tubes with a fan at the bottom. Makers can build “stuff that floats” out of recycled materials, put their creations in the tube and watch them fly up to the sky! ● Tales from CREATE​ (K-5) ● Lewis and Clark Elementary School Makerspace in the Library ● Ravenswood – Making a Makerspace​ – Follow the online diary of Robert Provenost as he plans and builds a makerspace in a K-8 school. There are follow on posts about building the space and starting classes. ● Kaechele Library Learning Commons (K-5) ● Aaron Vanderwerff at the ​Lighthouse Community Charter School​ (K-12). Be sure to look at the​project guides for elementary​. ● Kevin Jarrett at ​Northfield Community School​ documents the work of K-4 students in their STEMlab. (Kevin has moved to the middle school and ​continues to blog about the STEAM program there​.) Page 31
  32. 32. ● Resources & Food For Thought ● What We Know and What We Do are NOT the Same ○ “If I don’t know I don’t know, I think I know. If I don’t know I know, I think I don’t know.” — R.D. Laing ○ ● Useless Homework Only Results In Frustration ○ At what point do we change our ways based on what we know to be true? ○ ● The World is a Makerspace, Not a Classroom ○ This is the pivotal step. Moving to ACTION and not just THINKING about it. ○ ● Theory of Loose Parts ○ Author: Simon Nicholson ○ -of-Loose-Parts-Simon-Nicholson.pdf ● All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten ○ Author: Mitch Resnick ○ ● Maker Project Lab ○ Short YouTube video series on awesome maker ideas ○ ● Why is the Education System NOT Letting You Carve Your Own Path? ○ When I heard him ask, “Why are we memorizing Shakespeare?” I found my head nodding in agreement. ○ ● Design an Innovative Learning Space ○ Slidedeck on how to build spaces in your school. ○ ● Project Based Learning: It's More Than Projects! ○ Mixing the key insights of projects. ○ ● 3 Key Components to a Powerhouse Staff and School ○ 3 ideas I believe are important. ○ ● Teacher Tinker Time Presentation Reflection with Squishy Circuits ○ What I learned working with students. ○ Books ● The Art of Tinkering​ by Karen Wilkinson ● Cool Tools ● Zero To Maker: Another Essential Makerspace Reading Page 32
  33. 33. ○ One of my favorite books. I have it lying around in my room for myself and others to look at. I wish I had unlimited funding so I could buy one tool a week and just learn to make stuff with that tool. A great coffee table book that should be in every makerspace especially if you made the coffee table yourself. ● Creative Confidence ○ By Tom and David Kelley ● Design, Make, Play: Growing ● Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom ○ by Sylvia Libow Martinez ● Make: Wearable Electronics ● Making Makers ● No Permission Required ● Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun ○ by Elizabeth Foy Larsen ● Sew Electric ○ by Leah Buechley ● Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff ○ by Curt Gabrielson ● Tinkerlab: Mandatory MAKE and STEM Reading ○ ● Worlds of Making ○ by @NMHS_lms ○ ● Zero To Maker ○ Another Essential Makerspace Reading Chew On This ● How are you going to do design something if you have never built anything? ○ Challenge with BMS → Teacher Exhibition Night ● How can we create if we are not allowed to build in both digital and physical spaces? ● Ursula Le Guin "The creative adult is the child who has survived." ● See problems as challenges, not threats ○ Problemtunities ● What are we educating for? ● Teachers should be learning choreographers ● With Google/Bing we are never LOST and we are always CORRECT ○ How do we get lost again? ● We want people to make guarantees to us but we are not willing to make guarantees to ourselves ● “Unused creativity is not benign.” - Brene Brown ● “Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.” - Asaro tribe ● Success is not built on luck but the endurance of never being satisfied and to keep trying ● For children today is not a rehearsal for tomorrow it is an entire experience in itself .... we must make sure that we do not waste their childhood. Page 33
  34. 34. Makerspace Materials ● Building Connections Between Maker Ed and Standards d-standards​ #edtech via @EdSurge ● ● Makerspace Essentials - The Collection​​ via @terrieichholz Makerspace Resource Sites ● How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace ●​ (Need a login) ● ● .html ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Research on the Need for Makerspace ● Want proof college is worth it? Look at this list of the highest-paying majors: ● The Nerdy Teacher: Making Is Not Just For STEM #MakerEd f=tw ● ● I Want a Makerspace. Now What? ● ● Ideas to get started: Page 34
  35. 35. ○ ml ○ um/ ● How companies are using LEGOs to unlock talent employees didn't know they had Getting Started With Makerspace ● has created a Youth Makerspace Playbook ● Makerspace Starter Kit ● Girls in Tech​ - Download this 8 page guide to connecting and including girls in making, technology, and STEM courses and clubs. Written by Sylvia Martinez for Intel. ● M​ake It, Wear It, Learn It​ - Wearables make electronics fun! Session slides and wearable electronics resources. ● Tips for Architects from Maker Educators​ - Space matters! ● Maker Movement Brings Tinkering and Technology to Everyone​ - a provocative interview with Gary Stager by the Alberta Canada Teachers Association. ● The Best Invention and Making Books, plus other cool stuff Sample List of Makerspace Materials to Get Started ● Screwdrivers in various sizes ● Scissors or x-acto knife ● Small saw ● Wire stripper/cutter ● Safety glasses ● Plastic gloves ● AA batteries ● Mini light bulbs ● DC hobby motors ● Knife switch ● DPDT switches ● Alligator clip wires ● Stainless steel or copper nails ● Coated wire ● Zip ties ● Soldering iron ● Solder Page 35
  36. 36. ● Hammer ● Sand paper ● Hot glue gun and sticks ● Tape of various kinds ● Conductive thread ● Conductive tape ● LEDs ● Sew on battery holder ● Coin cell battery ● Felt ● Needle ● Needle nose pliers ● thread ● buttons ● fabric glue ● sharpies, pens/pencils ● Popsicle sticks; skewer sticks ● pipe cleaners; ● Cardstock or construction paper ● Copper tape Additional Resources (in case you needed more) ● Culture of Learning ● Don’t Build a Makerspace Until You Create a Culture of Learning ● 10 Ideas I Learned from Satya Nadella Fireside Chat ● 5 Paragraph Essays of Barf Have Been Replaced By ● Technology Cannot Mask Poor Teaching ● Technology is NOT an Education Revolution ● Technology Does Not Create Better Quality ● The problem is not technology, the problem is us! ● Using Technology in Junior High Math: Learning with cell phones and iPads and computers OH MY! ● Don’t Focus On Technology Because…. Page 36
  37. 37. ● Awesome Ava and Dorky Dad Episode 2: Bristlebots ● Awesome Ava and Dorky Dad Episode 1: Making Slime and Life Lessons ● 039: Living on the Edge of Chaos Podcast with John Cole ● Project Based Learning: Why? ● Hour of Code: Where to Go? BMS Project Examples from 2014 – 2015 I can put you in contact with the teachers of these projects if you want more information. Just let me know. ● Field of Greens ● A Few Bad Apples ● Physics of the Future ● Literacy Across the World ● Child’s Play: A STEM Language Arts PBL Unit ​– all documents and planning guides are available if needed ● What makes a person more than a number? Skype With Holocaust Survivor ● Mock Trial of the Civil War ● Taking Global Collaboration and Skype Beyond Mystery Skypes ● Flattening Classroom Walls: Connecting with Cadiz, Spain using Skype ● Fear Factor ● 3D Print Ornament Challenge​ – A design project open to anyone in the world ● Young Engineers of Today Spring Lab 5: PVC Trebuchet Part 2 ● Young Engineers of Today Spring Lab 4: PVC Trebuchet ● Young Engineers of Today: Spring Lab 3: Soldering 101 ● Eagle Eye On The World – A global project focused on Liberty and Justice. Here is the blog​ that has links to past years of projects. This is coming back for the 2015-2016 school year. ● Power of International Collaboration: Iowa to Africa ● Flat Addy ● BettPassion ● Here is a Sway with more Project Ideas ● Billboard Design Video ● STEAM Fest Video ● Student Created Video for Checkers for Courtyard Project Page 37
  38. 38. Blog Posts on PBL ● Project Based Learning: It’s More Than Projects! ● Don’t Build a Makerspace Until You Create a Culture of Learning ● “Is it really the goal of schools to create college and career ready students?” ● Group Work Is Hard ● 4 Questions for PLC’s or Groups of Educators ● Cubes of Compartmentalization ● How I Know Education Is Headed Down The Wrong Path ● Because if we choose, then we are responsible, aren’t we? ● When developing a lesson plan or unit ask yourself ● What worked yesterday might not be right for today ● The Key To Teaching AND Keeping Your Teacher Sanity ● Technology is NOT an Education Revolution ● What are the shortcomings of project based learning? ● Project Based Learning – Project Tuning Experience Deeper Learning ● We have a ​Google Plus Community where we are holding ongoing discussions. Feel free to join us! ● 4 Ideas for Engaging Students ● Teaching Channel Videos on Deeper Learning ● This article is not directly talking deeper learning, but it is exactly just that! ml ● Agents of Deeper Learning ● Deeper Learning 2015 Conference Reflection ● 31 Days of Deeper Learning & PBL Blog Series | 3: Standardized Testing ● 31 Days of Deeper Learning & PBL Blog Series | 2: What is DL and PBL? ● 31 Days of Deeper Learning & PBL Blog Series | 1: Intro ● My Dead Fish Showcases The Need for Deeper Learning ● Visible Learning: Agree to Disagree? ● Even In Failure There Is A Gift ● How Can Robert Palmer Help You Become A Better Educator? ● Forming Tribes in Education ● “And I Won’t Back Down” ● Proximity <=> Creativity and Collaboration Page 38