Pics from Educator Open House Workshop with‪ @MASSDesignLab‬ at @CooperHewitt tonight. #NationalDesignWeek #dtk12

“”“”“”“”“”“”“”For National Design Week, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum offered a few great opportunities for educators to freely explore the museum and participate in a hands-on workshop. I copied the info below from their Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educator-open-house-workshop-session-2-tickets-38048017645i

K-12 educators will explore Cooper Hewitt’s free design resources, including professional development and school programs, and learn how design thinking can be used in teaching practice through a hands-on workshop with National Design Award winner MASS Design Group.

It was pretty awesome to listen to a presentation from two member of MASS Design Group — MASS was among the winners of the 2017 National  Design Award! The teachers in my group and I benefited from their guidance during a design thinking exercise. We considered a mission of getting students to be better self-learners, and then explored possible incentives, measurable impacts, and desirable behaviors from there. 

Also, I learned that the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian hasn’t yet launched their 2018 National High School Design Competition. This year’s theme is accessibility, and I copied the following info from their site: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/design-competition/

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum launched the National High School Design Competition in collaboration with Target in 2016. Every year, students around the country are challenged to design a solution to a unique scenario, inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s rich collection and stimulating exhibitions. Awards and prizes for finalists include travel to participate in Mentor Day to dive into the design process as well as a trip to New York City to visit the museum and present their final designs to a panel of esteemed judges. The winner has the opportunity to tour Target headquarters in Minneapolis, have their work displayed publicly, and attend Cooper Hewitt’s Teen Design Fair in New York City.

The 2018 National High School Design Competition will challenge teens to design a solution that makes the everyday accessible. Look for more details to be announced in the coming weeks! Email us at DesignCompetition@si.edu to be notified about the competition.

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Yes, I actually spent time gathering my tweets from @MakerFaire NYC weekend. #MFNY17 #MakerEd

Since I can’t get Storify to embed properly into a WordPress.com site, and I still do not self-host a WordPress.org site, I am gathering below my tweets from the last few days at Maker Faire NYC and some Maker Faire meetups.

Thursday, September 21

I went to the Maker Faire NY “Real World 3D Printing” Panel at Fat Cat Fab Lab hosted by Matterhackers and Ultimaker. It was great to reunite with other independent school technologists and fellow Ultimaker Pioneers, Ian Klapper (@ian32one), Rurik Nackerud (@okay2fail), and Sarah Rolle (@artdabbler13). I’m ever grateful to Liz Arum (@lizarum), the fabulous Education Community Strategist at Ultimaker North America), for suggesting I join the Pioneers, sending me updates about awesome meetups and conferences, and encouraging me to submit a 3D project for the inaugural Design Challenge Starter Pack. I love that my 3D Mandarin Seals project is immortalized in print among other inspiring projects from educators and artists! Here are some of  my posts from the evening:

#NYCIST friends at this @MatterHackers @Ultimaker Pre-@MakerFaire 3D-Mixer. #MakerEd

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Friday, September 22

I attended the 3rd (and my 3rd) annual Make: Education Forum at the NY Hall of Science where I reunited with teacher friends from the NYC Department of Education, technologists from other independent schools in New York and around the country, and exhibitors I met previously at previous Maker Faires or conferences. At the forum, Dale Dougherty, CEO and Founder of Make, exuded inspiration, genuine excitement, and kindness as he launched the day, introduced each speaker, and moderated the Q&As. Here is the schedule of speakers from the day. As per previous years, Dale offered attendees a backstage tour of the Maker Faire after the forum. Below is the description from the website — it’s a great event to attend if you can swing it!

Co-hosted with our partner, New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), the event is Friday, September 22, at the New York Hall of Science, home of World Maker Faire New York, from 10am to 4pm. This year, our focus will be on computational making, rethinking professional development for maker education and how making is not just about creating a makerspace but creating a maker culture.

Hear from educators, makerspace organizers, librarians, local and federal state department representatives, and youth organizations who have developed models and platforms to serve this agenda. If you are an individual who is either formally or informally supporting and/or creating project-based learning programs for kids that support general STEM areas, as educational policy makers, superintendents and principals, or youth programing coordinators, please join us.

Here are the tweets I shared during the day:

After the Make: Education Forum, I made it to a Maker Educator Meetup  hosted/sponsored by Maker Promise, Autodesk, and MackinMaker at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Makerspace. Here a tweet with photographic evidence via Mara Hitner (@3DPrintGirl):

Sunday, September 24

I made it to another Maker Faire NYC! Every year, I try to organize a block of tickets (through the Technology Department budget) for colleagues to visit the Maker Faire on Sunday, as there is a reduced Sunday group rate of 4 tickets for a total of $100. I also recommended people use their personal Professional Development monies if they want to get their own ticket to attend on Saturday. Additionally, I suggest they volunteer and attend for free (!) via the Make Faire Traveler Program. Here are my tweets from Sunday’s Maker Faire:

PS. I want to keep track of these tweets from others as well:

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Many thanks to @eeriley99 for inspiring LED shapes using glue guns & silicon molds! #MakerEd

Saturday was The Brearley School‘s #OneBrearley Block Party where the school community and neighbors gathered to eat, make, explore, learn, sing, and build together. I led an activity where participants assembled LED pins using lights, batteries, felt, clothespins, pin backings, and hot glue. This project was inspired by one of Erin Riley‘s tweets from last year (embedded below) about melting hot glue (from glue guns) into silicon molds and then popping in an LED to create molded lights. So brilliant and so simple! I am ever grateful to Erin of Greenwich Academy for inspiring me with so many of her creative, thoughtful, intricate, and innovative project ideas! Follow her on Twitter at @eerily99 and at her site http://erinriley.weebly.com.

 

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