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Didn’t get my #Drawdio musical pencil to work – nay. #THaSIS – yay!


I was psyched to see an email on my NYCIST listserv from Lindsay Velazco, science teacher at The Dalton School, looking to start a Teacher Hacker Space for Independent Schools (THaSIS). The plan is to host “a monthly meetup to pursue interests in electronics, robotics, and technology-related projects with other teachers. Folks from all grade levels, subject areas, and experience are welcome.”

We were greeted with food, beverages, and individual Drawdio musical pencil kits all generously provided by Dalton’s Parents Association. After assembling and soldering, my unit was a dud. Nevertheless, the experience was well worth it, and it was a good reminder to always have a Plan B (or just accept someone’s gift of a working musical pencil).

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The inaugural #MakerCamp launches next week on @Make’s Google+ page! #edtech #edchat

MakerCamp‘s official launch is July 16th. There will be 30 counselors introducing 30 projects over the course of 30 days on Make’s Google+ page. A new activity will be shared every Monday-Friday from July 16-August 24.

Topics range depending on the day: Maker Monday, Tinkering Tuesday, Weird Science Wednesday, Theoretical Thursday, Field Trip Friday. If you know any teens who are around this summer, please encourage them to take part in this unique opportunity.

The following is helpful information from MakerCamp’s FAQ page:

Q) Do I need to sign up or register for Maker Camp ahead of time?

A) No, you can attend Maker Camp and join the projects on whatever days you want. To get the most out of the camp experience, it’s best to begin when camp starts on July 16th. Details and materials lists will be posted in advance.

Q) Are there any age restrictions in terms of who can attend Maker Camp?

A) Maker Camp is aimed at teens 13+, because there is an age restriction to create a Google+ profile and attend hangouts. If you’re under 13, you can attend Maker Camp on Google+ with your parent, using his or her Google+ profile.

Q) Are there any fees to attend Maker Camp?

A) Maker Camp on G+ is free for everyone.

Q) Do I need to create a Google+ page to attend Maker Camp?

A) Yes, you will need to create a Google+ profile and add Make to your circles to attend Maker Camp.

Q) Can I attend Maker Camp on any of the days?

A) Yes! Maker Camp was designed to accommodate broad maker interests, so there’s something that appeals to everyone. We have diverse daily activities across a spectrum of science, technology, tinker, crafting, and weekly virtual field trips to amazing places. So you can come and go as your interests dictate.

Q) How often can I attend Maker Camp?

A) There is no limit! You can attend every day of camp over the 30 days and make all 30 projects! (We have special Maker badges to commemorate the most prolific makers!)

Q) Do I need a computer with Internet access to attend Maker Camp?

A) Yes, you will need a computer with an Internet connection to attend Maker Camp because it’s an online camp that’s totally interactive.

Q) Do I need a webcam on my computer so I can attend Maker Camp hangouts?

A) If you want to attend the Field Trips on Fridays, you’ll need a webcam to participate in the Hangouts on Air which are broadcast live and recorded. You can also just view the live streaming on your laptop which is a great experience, too, because the field trips are at epic places!

Q) Do I have to purchase materials ahead of time for Maker Camp projects?

A) Many of the materials you need for the projects are likely already available in your home. Any materials you need to buy ahead of time are inexpensive and easily attainable at grocery, hardware, or electronics stores.

Q) Will I need to have specific tools for the featured Maker Camp projects?

A) Most of the tools you’ll need are basic household tools like screwdrivers, pliers, hobby knife, scissors, and duct tape. More advanced projects may require tools like a drill, handsaw, and soldering iron.

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