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Photos and notes from Day 2 of #FabLearn #NYC hosted at @TeachersCollege this past weekend. #MakerEd #edtech #elemaker #ArtEdTech

Day 2 of FabLearn

Day Two of FabLarn started rainy and early (yet magically!) with a choice of workshops that required advanced registration. I was so glad to have a secured a spot in the sold out Reuse/Remix/Rethink: Exploring Mechanical Toys led by Christa Flores, Ryan Jenkins, and Joel Gordon. I am totally going to hack toys with kids at Brearley! Here’s a blurb from the program about the workshop:

ABSTRACT: In this hands-on workshop, participants will carefully dissect used mechanical toys and explore innovative ways learners of all ages can extend circuit and mechanism explorations using both analog materials and digital tools. This workshop will give participants ideas for how to use recycled materials in makerspaces and classrooms to support tinkering with science, art and creative coding. We’ll share practical tips on how to find and organize materials, share parts and tools lists and host a reflective discussion about how this type of workshop can contribute to a financially and environmentally sustainable making program.

After the workshop, Amanda Cox, Digital Editor of New York Times, delivered an amazing keynote! Here’s a brief bio from the conference program: https://nyc2019.fablearn.org/speakers/

After Amanda’s keynote, we heard from a panel discussing “Making around the world: Experiences and lessons learned“. Following this was a collection of various Project Demos and Educator Posters on view in the Ed Lab. Two standouts were:

1. Fernando Puertas, Eduardo Lobo and Edison Cabeza’s Animachines consisting of game cards to help kids learn about species (since species are going extinct at an alarming rate).

2. Roy Ombatti’s work with a for-profit start-up that launched a ‘Digital Design Fabrication Workshop’ which taught digital fabrication skills to unaccompanied refugee youth aged between 9 and 17 years old.

Next up in the program were Educator Roundtables. I attended Roundtable 3: Making Accross Curricula which included Connecting Curriculum to a Meaningful Learning presented by Paula Oliveira and Diego Thuler, Connecting the Disciplines Through Collaborative Problem Solving: Interdisciplinary Design
from Kate Tabor, Anthony Shaker and Adam Colestock, and Rebuilding an 18th Century Town: Math, 3D Printing, and Historical Empathy presented by Heather Pang.

After the roundtables, there was an Educator Panel moderated by Jaymes Dec back in the main theater. On stage, Erin Riley, John Lynch, Nalin Tutiyaphuengprasert, and Roger Horton shared some of their project ideas and experiences.

After this, I had to get home to decompress and spend some time getting ready for the week ahead. Unfortunately, I missed the final session where presenters shared their Full Papers about Tools for capturing learning in making and Designing maker implementations. I will console myself by trying to recall all the innovative, thoughtful, and inspiring things I saw and heard and all the people I reconnecting with or met for the first time. Can’t wait for the next NYC event! Check out all the upcoming FabLearn conferences including FabLearn Thailand happening January 10-12, 2020…

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Notes and pics from #TurtleStitch meetup at @TeachersCollege thanks to @susanettenheim @back_face @JaymesDec @TurtleStitch! #MakerEd #STEAM

Thanks to Susan Ettenheim () for knowing that Michael Aschauer (@back_face, Lead Developer of TurtleStitch) was going to be in town from Vienna, Austria! Susan gathered a bunch of educators and technologists to meet today both in-person and virtually — on the Google Hangout were folks from Kenya and Brooklyn, and also Andrea Mayr-Stalder (@turtlestitch, TurtleStitch’s Project Lead) in Austria. We were able to chat about TurtleStitch and talk about their growing community of people worldwide interested in sharing patterns and projects. Thanks as well to Jaymes Dec (@JaymesDec) who offered to have us hang with him at the Thingspace at Teachers College, Columbia University and hosted us during his office hours.

Here are some links:
1. The TurtleStitch website: https://turtlestitch.org
2. TurtleStitch cards for beginners which can be download (they remind me of the wonderful TurtleArt cards!): http://www.turtlestitch.org/static/download/TurtleStitch-Cards-Beginners.pdf
3. Michael also shared StitchPad http://stitchpad.io/ which allows you to sketch a picture with your finger on your phone and exported the design as an .svg or a .dst/.exp file to be embroidered with a digital sewing machine
4. Here’s a detailed blogpost by @RichardMillwood about using TurtleStitch: http://blog.richardmillwood.net/2017/10/20/turtlestitching-programming-embroidery/
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Videos of some final projects from #DesignDoDiscover at @Intl_Chadwick. #d3ci #cihosts #STEAM

Just wanted to gather the videos from this past weekend’s awesome inaugural Design Do Discover in Asia hosted by the wonderful Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea. Thank you to coaches Gary Donahue and Andrew Carle of Chadwick, Jaymes Dec of The Marymount School in New York, and Sarah Barnum of The Castilleja School in California!

Here’s the Maneki Neko cat I made with Alice Cha, Landy Hwang, and Ivy Choi:
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Here’s George Gostovich‘s sound-activated Neo-Pixel guitar strap:
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Here’s Sarah’s sound-enhanced meditative pillow:

Here’s Toni’s mobile robot which reacts to distance, light, and sound:

Here’s Steve and Gary’s robotic plant watering system:

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