I’m having an awesome time collaborating with teachers here at Design Do Discover’s Songdo edition at Chadwick International School. The FABulous team of coaches includes: Jaymes Dec (FabLab Coordinator at The Marymount School), Sarah Barnum (Science Teacher/Bourn Fellow at The Castilleja School), Gary Donahue (Department Chair of Technology, Making, and Design at Chadwick International School), and Andrew Carle (Village School Maker and Atelierista at Chadwick International School).
Here are some links about the program:
Design Do Discover Chadwick School: https://sites.google.com/view/ddd-ci
Design Do Discover year-round: https://making.marymountnyc.org/page/events/design-do-discover
GoogleGroup of FabLab and Maker educators: http://bit.ly/fabmakegroup
My partners today were Alice Cha of Seoul International School and Landy Hwang & Ivy Choi of Yew Chung International School in Beijing, China. We decided to create interactive Maneki Neko sculptures — these could be powered using different platforms depending on what hardware or software you have at your disposal:
- Hummingbird programmed in Scratch
- Arduino programmed in Ardublocks or Snap for Arduino or mBlock
- LEGO WeDo programmed in Scratch or Mindstorms
- EV3 programmed in Scratch or Mindstorms
- MakeBlock programmed in Scratch or mBlock
Here are some photos of the process:
Here are our notes about the project:
Here are photos from the intro session with the whole group (pay attention to my new favorite caffeinated peppermint gum):
The littleBits pop-up retail shop in Soho is prototyping hosting Teacher Tuesdays this month. I was super honored and excited to be the special guest at tonight’s event organized by Michael Muhanna.
I introduced the Parts, Purposes and Complexities exercise (via Agency By Design out of Harvard Graduate School of Education) that I learned about in June while at Design Do Discover. As per their Twitter bio, @AgencybyDesign is “A multiyear research initiative at Project Zero investigating the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning experiences.”
This activity is perfect for an introductory exploration of littleBits, as it encourages individual or small group exploration of the various parts (in this case, the bits), their separate purposes, and how they fit together magnetically to form more complex circuits.
It was awesome to see familiar faces in the audience including three awesome ladies from @MarymountNY (@lesa_wang, @MaureenrReilly, and @snipskmw) who are launching a 1:1 litlltBits program staying in graders 3,4, and 5 this year. Check out their awesome tweets as they share their students’ progress and explorations!
The first littleBits store opened today, and I was so excited to visit the space with my former boss and mentor @donbuckley! It’s so well designed! This pop-up store’s location is 355 West Broadway in the SoHo district, and it will operate there for the next 7 months. The actual grand opening will be in mid-August. Read more about the opening here: http://www.psfk.com/2015/07/littlebits-store-retail-electronics.html
Besides being able to buy pieces in the retail section, there are demo areas peppered with inspiring projects next to correlating paper recipe cards (with starter instructions on one side and a shopping list on the other) and an open lab area in the back where you can work with a littleBits ambassador in a lab coat to build something amazing. There’s a wonderful opportunity to either leave your creation behind or take it with you (and you pay for all the pieces). Either way, there’s a wired photo org area where you can document your masterpiece and share it with the wider littleBits community online.
Creative opportunities abound here! I’m hoping to organize teacher outings to come and play. @AyahBdeir, superstar founder of litteBits, was at the store today and chatted with me and Don for a while. I’ve been a fan of Ayah’s since her TED Fellow days, and it’s been amazing to watch her build her dream company. littleBits’s flourishing business, perpetually expanding product offerings, growing popularity, and spreading community are a joy to observe through their kicking Instagram account. Check it out here: Instagram.com/littleBits
littleBits Store info:
355 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
917-924-2302 ext 102
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am–7pm, Sat-Sun 10am–7pm