Welcome to our MakerEd/Steam sharing page.
Definition! So what is #makered and STEAM?
“The Maker Education Initiative’s mission is to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making.” MakerEducationInitiative. This may be through STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics
Watch this TED Talk video by Jen Ryan from Harvard University to understand the thinking skills behind design and making.
Watch this video by Ted Talk speaker Dale Dougherty which underlies how everyone is meant to be a maker!
- Dale Dougherty’s TED Talk: We Are Makers
- Ayah Bedir’s TED Talk on littleBits
- AnnMarie Thomas’s TED Talk on Squishy Circuits
- Emily Pilloton’s TED Talk on Teaching Design for Change
- Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk on How School’s Kill Creativity
How do I experience #MakerEd?
MakerEd camps run throughout the year in the physical commons, with Jessie our Kelowna librarian coaching students in the MakerEed process, using Makey Makey kits, Knex and Powtoon videos. Contact Jesssie Davis for more information. Lego Mindstorms and Wedo Lego are available as classroom sets to be borrowed from our learning commons. Teachers will be running camps at Community Connection Centres and Co-ops.
Starting in the Fall of 2016 we are launching our STEAM Teacher Mentors. These mentors will be based all over the province and will be running workshops, and delivering education to all students and families in regards to furthering their inquiry approach to learning. Here are the names of the mentors in your areas if you would like to find out more in this regard read this article here.
Kathy Kanda– Kamloops and surrounding.
Steve Bastian– Vancouver Island
Mark Lamden– Northern Vancouver Island and Powell River
Shannon Beglaw– Kelowna
Kathy Whittome– Lower Mainland
Shelley Wright– Virtual.
- Teachers may contact Shandra Wiebe to make a booking. Classroom sets are not found on L4U but via this google doc. Staff may sample the individual kits and learn on the go during the summer. Contact Shandra to organize a time and spot on the Google calendar.
- Families and students: Individual kits may be found on L4U for loan: Makey Makey, Squishy Circuit kits, Arduino kits and Knex kits.
- Keva Planks have arrived. They are only available to Kelowna residents due to their size.
- 3D MakerBot. This is in our Kelowna campus commons. Contact Shandra if you want to use with your student.
- Coming soon in the fall a complete set of Pocket Labs and LittleBits and other exciting Maker items.
3D Printer in the Physical Commons
The Makerbot 3D printer is now in action in the Campus Physical commons. Contact Jessie for more information in this regard. More ideas may be found here at this Thingiverse page. Webinar on using the Makerbot.
We continue to curate resources on our Maker Ed Scoop it! site. Here you will find websites, projects and much more! Check back often as more resources are being added regularly. We encourage you to help your student learn to tinker, re-invent, re-imagine, and recycle as they explore project based learning with the maker ideas.
We have added many resources in Overdrive to get you started on your MakerEd journey! We have Make: books, Make: magazines and many other books to learn about MakerEd. We also have a wide variety of STEAM books available. Just look for MakerEd/STEAM Ed under the Collections tab on Overdrive!
Other resources to get you started!
- Introduction video to EV3 video http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/about-ev3. Check create your first program. I am not sure if this is the same as the site license, but it will give you an idea.
- Lego Tech support 1-866-349-5346 for questions
- The site license comes with the link to all tutorials. Apparently middle school grade and up is the required age to get going with Lego Mindstorms. High school would be a preferred age. Wedo is for the younger age group. Contact Pippa Davies for the site license.
- Inventolearn.com has lots of great ideas for teaching applications. Sylvia Martinez’s book is a wonderful read and will empower you to help your students get making! Check the website for constant updates on all things #MakerEd.
- SuperawesomeSylvia.com will motivate your youngsters to get learning when they watch and read this young lady in action!
- To learn how we are using in our school view the Makered slide show shared by Pippa, Natalie and Jessie at the recent CHEC convention.
- Other webinars:
- LittleBits Library Makerspaces
- Worlds of Making: Establishing a Makerspace in your school, by Laura Fleming
- Transform your library with Making: Diane Rendina teacher librarian.
Videos to watch!
- Caine’s Arcade: Inspiring story of a young boy who made an arcade with cardboard.
- Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for everyone
- What is LittleBits: Introduction to LittleBits
If you are on Twitter here are some hashtags to follow:
Hashtags to follow:
- Makerspace webinar hand-out : Fabulous Makerspace resource list curated by Colleen Graves, complete with a month-by-month curriculum plan
- Makerspace | Directory : Directory of existing Makerspaces, plus lots of resources. Great for finding local Maker communities in your area. ‘
- Growing Learning Communities through School Libraries and Makerspaces: Presentation by Buffy Hamilton on Makerspaces and Libraries. Lots of information and resources.
We look forward to helping you find that unique learning resource to help your student blossom!