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Purpose & objective
There is widespread call for increased STEM / STEAM education and a growing interest in the maker movement in education. Much of the buzz is about 3D printers, and many schools have rushed to invest in this technology. However, there are a variety of additional options for classroom maker spaces suited to a range of budgets and technical expertise.
Participants in this session will learn how to create a compelling, practical and affordable classroom maker space that provides an onramp to engineering and STEAM education for elementary and middle school classrooms. They will learn how to engage students with a range of projects from simple to sophisticated – from pop-ups to geometric solids and packages to working machines that support math, science, engineering and ISTE standards. Attendees will leave with an understanding of technology options from simple to sophisticated including hand tools, inexpensive digital cutters, 3D printers, and laser cutters.
Participants will receive access to standards-based lessons, including the Smithsonian Invention Kits, which involve students in generating multiple iterations that require evaluation, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making as they work through the engineering process. Attendees will also receive an overview and trial access to Maker Studio, easy CAD software for grades 3-8. They will also receive information on inexpensive digital cutters like the Silhouette as well as 3D printers like the Afinia.
The presenters will share preliminary findings from NSF grant-funded Laboratory School for Advanced Manufacturing, the Noyce Foundation pilot, and the Alcoa Foundation pilot.
FAB@SCHOOL COLLABORATIVE BACKGROUND (3 min)
Berry, R. Q., III, Bull, G., Browning, C., Thomas, C. D., Starkweather, K., & Aylor, J. H. (2010). Preliminary considerations regarding use of digital fabrication to incorporate engineering design principles in elementary mathematics education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 10(2), 167-172.
Bull, G. & Garofalo, J. (in press). Technologies to support engineering education. J. Michael Spector. (2013). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Technology doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483346397
Bull, G., Maddux, G., Marks, G., McAnear, A., Schmidt, D., Schrum, L., Smaldino, S., Spector, M., Sprague, D., & Thompson, S. (2010). Educational implications of the digital fabrication revolution. Journal of Research on Technology in Education. 331-338 Vol 42 Issue 4.
Bull, G., & Groves, J. (2009). The democratization of production. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(3), 36-37.
Bull, G., Knezek, G., & Gibson, D. (2009). A rationale for incorporating engineering education into the teacher education curriculum. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(3). Retrieved fromhttp://www.citejournal.org/vol9/iss3/editorial/article1.cfm
Gershenfeld, N. (2005). Fab: The coming revolution on your desktop – from personal computers to personal fabrication. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Smith-Barrow, Delece (2014). Recruiting the next generation of STEM employees. U.S. News and World Report. http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2014/04/28/recruiting-the-next-generation-of-stem-employees
WEBSITES AND VIDEO
Piloting Smithsonian Invention Kits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKEy1V7q7A0&feature=youtu.be
National Science Foundation: “Lab school brings manufacturing technologies to middle-school classrooms”. http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129472
Smithsonian Invention Kits: http://3d.si.edu/invention
Make to Learn: www.MakeToLearn.org/Inventions
Fab@School Maker Studio: http://shop.fablevisionlearning.com/fabschool-designer-/learnmore/overview/fa/shop.detail/productid/2957//
Curry Takes Engineering Projects into Local Elementary Classrooms: http://curry.virginia.edu/articles/curry-takes-engineering-projects-into-local-elementary-classrooms