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Acknowledging Ungraded Skills

Edutopia – Nicholas Provenzano

“One of my goals this year was to find a way to recognize all of the amazing things students do in the makerspace at University Liggett School. It’s open to students all day and after school, and they’re doing amazing things with Python, littleBits, 3D design, Raspberry Pi, and so much more. While report cards can be used to show parents what students have learned in class—sort of—the makerspace did not have a means to do this. It’s hard to show parents lines of code and have them understand that their child has mastered the skill of making an LED blink. That’s where badging comes in.”(more)

Do students buy into maker culture?

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Maker culture is going mainstream. The maker industry is projected to grow to more than $8 billion by 2020, and with the maker movement infiltrating classrooms, after-school clubs and homes, it’s no wonder. But where is the maker movement strongest? A new report from robotics and open-source hardware provider DFRobot aims to find out by analyzing DIY-labeled products hosted on Kickstarter.”(more)

5 tips for better makerspaces

E-School News – Meris Stansbury

“Challenge-based learning projects in the makerspace have many benefits for students, and can engage and get them excited about new projects. In “Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace,” Diana Rendina, media specialist and writer for Tampa Preparatory School, Tampa, FL, presented tips for design challenges and shared experiences from working in the makerspace during her time at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL.”(more)

As Factories Fade, Rural District Builds Makerspace to Fill Talent Gaps

Ed Surge – Monica Bilak and Suzanne Clinton

Our situation is not that unique for rural communities—neither is the story of one youth getting lost in the system. Economically disadvantaged students tend to lack exposure to experiences that nudge them toward building future stories as say, a software engineer or an inventor of the next biomedical innovation. Most of my students lack a personal computer at home or a phone with a consistent data plan—and when 40% of the district’s students are living in poverty, supporting students to envision an attainable career trajectory they can be passionate about requires a unique approach.”(more)

Growing Fab Lab Network Brings the High-Tech, Hands-On STEM Education Out to Rural K-12 Students

The 74 Million – Tim Newcomb

“Traveling south about an hour from downtown Pittsburgh along Pennsylvania Route 43, visitors roll into Coal Center, home to Intermediate Unit 1, a regional education service agency. Intermediate Unit 1 also serves as home to a Fab Lab — a highly technical maker space packed with the latest machines and programs to spur hands-on STEM learning. As Fab Labs branch out across the nation, thanks in part to a $10 million, three-year push by Chevron to locate 10 labs where they can serve a diverse population of school-age children, rural communities that otherwise wouldn’t have access to such sophisticated technical equipment have reaped the benefits for their students.”(more)

4 considerations for your first makerspace

E-School News – Paul Ramos

“The benefits of hands-on, active learning are firmly established, yet a lot of difference exists between being able to touch something and being able to create something. The latter allows students to practice skills in demand in the modern economy.”(more)