Category: Maker Education

February 5, 2015

First Arduino Project

Before school started this year I got my hands on a few Arduino kits. I have been eager to introduce them to my students but really haven’t had the time. This last week I was finally able to get it into the hands of one of my students. I picked up a copy of Sylvia’s […]

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January 10, 2015

3D Printing In Space and In the Classroom

This has been a really fun week with regard to education technology in my classroom. It was just one of those weeks where things have fallen together. It started with Wednesday’s writing prompt in which I asked the students which tools they would bring with them if they were going to be spending time on a space station. They […]

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January 1, 2015

Future Engineers

HOW DID I MISS THIS!? I’ve mentioned before how I am excited to download and print the files that have been printed on the International Space Station. I was looking for the site where the files will eventually be available again when I came across Future Engineers. The website introduces a contest for students in K-12 […]

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December 23, 2014

3D Printed Microscopes Lesson Plan

A couple of weeks ago I introduced a project to my 4th grade students on 3D printing microscopes. It has been a fun experience, but we became side tracked with other projects and winter break. I gave it some thought and decided to make it more of a formal lesson in order to get it […]

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December 4, 2014

Making Microscopes | 3D Printing in the Classroom

At the beginning of the year I came across an article about a group of scientists who made microscopes with a 3D printer. Their design was simple. A small clip with a glass bead in it that fits over the camera of a smartphone or tablet. The size of the bead determines the strength of the […]

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November 20, 2014

3D Printing and Twitter in the Classroom

Twitter can be a really good learning tool. I’ve known that for awhile, and I have learned much from my own Twitter account. I have even used it as a learning tool in some college classes that I have taught, but I have avoided it in my fourth grade class. That has changed this year. […]

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November 20, 2014

Classroom MakerSpace

I suppose it was inevitable. Once I started tinkering with 3D printers in my classroom I would need a more purposeful MakerSpace than a box in a cabinet. That box in the cabinet that was becoming quite unruly. It was full of soldering irons, LEDs, pipe cleaners, glue guns, and a hodge podge of leftover […]

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November 6, 2014

Stop Motion Animation with 3D Printing

My students are in the midst of making mockumentaries on the 3D printed insects that they have “discovered” in our classroom ecosystem. It has been nice teaching this for a second year in a row. Teachers always do it a bit better after the first time. This year I also have the benefit of a […]

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October 22, 2014

Blue LEDs, Who Knew?

Sometimes curiosity is the best teacher. Admittedly, most of the time curiosity is a much better teacher than I am. However, understanding and using the curiosity of my students actually makes me a better teacher. If I can get my students curious about a topic and structure a lesson that gives them an opportunity to […]

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