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Maneki Neko prototypes at #DesignDoDiscover @Chadwick_Int! #d3CI #cihosts #MakerEd #elemaker #STEAM

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
  • littleBits

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):

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Pics and notes from #TeacherTuesdays at @littleBits store tonight. #STEAM #MakerEd

http://littlebits.cc/teacher-tuesdays-at-the-nyc-littlebits-pop-up-store

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!

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Pics from @MakerFaire #NYC 2015. #MakerEd #STEM #STEAM #nyedchat

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