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Presenting “Experiences As A Maker Educator (Before, During, And After COVID)” at @Make Education Forum, 12pm EDT. I’ll share a variety of projects from @BrearleyNYC. #MakerEd #STEAM

Many thanks to Godwyn Morris (Founder of Dazzling Discoveries and Skill Mill NYC) for spearheading this year’s online version of the fabulous annual Make: Education Forum that had previously occurred the day before Maker Faire New York City. I attended many of the Education Forums over the years, and I was always so impressed by the topics, panelists/speakers, schedule, and level of discourse during the event. This year, Godwyn reached out to Dale Dougherty about organizing an online Make: Education Forum. Godwyn led the initiative, and she kindly invited me to submit a proposal to present and share some of my projects that I launched at The Brearley School during the wackiness of the 2020-2021 school year.

I asked Tracy Rudzitis (@wagongrrl) to join me during my session and share some of the great projects she led with in-person and remote kids at The Marymount of New York. Our slides are embedded below:

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Notes from today’s #TurtleArt workshop led by Artemis Papert and Brian Silverman… #ArtEdTech #MathChat @LogoFoundation

I’ve written before about a previous TurtleArt workshop I experienced, and it was also led by the inimitable Artemis Papert (artist, coder, and daughter of Seymour Papert) and Brian Silverman (co-creator of Scratch and creator of TurtleArt and many other Logo/Java based coding environments) and organized by Michael Tempel of the Logo Foundation. Artemis and Brian have been collaborating with programming, art, and life for decades, and it is truly a heady and hilarious experience to learn from them as they pair-code and critique each other’s choices. Brian and Artemis have tons of info and design inspirations for their digital art linked here: https://turtleart.org

Here is an incomplete list of some of the artists who have inspired Artemis and Brian’s explorations over the years: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Bridget Riley, Nathalie Goncharova, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Claude Tousignant, Rene Magritte, Ilya Bolotowsky, Wassily Kandinsky, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, Georges Seurat, Max Bill, and Maya Hayuk, Vincent Van Gogh, Jérôme Jasinski, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jack Bush.

You can install TurtleArt on your computer, pay for their beautiful iOS app, or, as we did for this morning’s workshop, use the free web version: https://playfulinvention.com/webturtleart/

Below, you can download my PNG files from the workshop. Open up Web Turtle Art in a new browser window and then drag one of these PNG files into the window. This should allow you to view or edit the code.

Below, you can access my tweets from the workshop:

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Gathering my tweets from the 3rd @construct3dconf hosted at @RiceUniversity this week. #Construct3D #MakerEd #ArtEdTech

Construct3D is a great conference! I’ve been to all three events, and the quality of the keynotes, posters, attendees passion, interesting conversations, networking (and food) is always awesome. I always learn a ton and I leave inspired and truly energized (albeit momentarily exhausted). Per their website’s About page:

Construct3D is a vendor agnostic 3D printing, digital fabrication conference and expo focused on academic use, best practices, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students from informal, K12 and higher ed contexts. Construct3D is where passionate and curious educators and innovators converge to exchange ideas, build networks, learn new skills, and accelerate the adoption and exploration of 3D printing in education.

Below, I’ve gathered my tweets so that I can refer back to them without having to scroll through my Twitter timeline:

I also gathered photos I took during the conference (however limited and haphazard they ended up being) here:
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Hoping to prototype with bioplastics in @BrearleyNYC’s #IdeaKitchen this trimester! #STEAM #MakerEd #ArtEdTech #scichat #elemaker

Corrine Takara (@CorinneTakara) has been sharing her explorations with making materials rather than buying materials. She’s launched inspiring projects with mycelium, kombucha leather, and other bio materials. In late September, I took a workshop at the Textile Arts Center in New York City that sounded equally appealing and practical, Textile Futures: Bioplastics upcycled with Sheri Shih-Hui. You can follow Sheri on Instagram at @chi_Sheri.

Here are some photos from the workshop:

After, I considered ways of cooking and using bioplastics with children in different grade levels. Maybe students could make their own disc (with unique colors and/or bits embedded in the mold) and hang it from a class mobile? Or they could make jewelry (medallions or earrings)? Or maybe they could preserve an object or drawing in a sustainable mold – rather than use resin or plastic or something non-biodegradable? In turns out that the bioplastic will melt if exposed to heat or water, and there are ways of making it last longer. One trick is to rub it with beeswax to make it a little more water-repellent.

We just started a new trimester, so I have a great batch of girls signed up for our “Nailed It” afterschool class. We’re going to use our bio-plastic to mimic bits of glass and used in a modified version of a Tiffany lamp. The girls will design art for each side of a four-sided lantern (since it’s an easy shape to construct), then we’ll cut out their designs with our Cricut Maker, cook up bioplastics, and piece their “glass” into the walls of the lanterns. Possibly due to time constraints, we’ll just use a flameless LED tea light in the center of the their lantern… Stay tuned!

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