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Maker Education Projects for Your Class or School

What child doesn't love "hands-on" learning? Maker Education is "hands-on," on steroids! By mixing high-tech and low-tech materials, kids across the country are making all kinds of things. Most importantly, your students can play a greater role in their learning. They might even forget they're learning in the process!
A Collection By Amelia Franz
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Maker Education Projects for Your Class or School
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Are you a school librarian? "Turn your library into a maker-space that encourages hands-on learning," is the subtitle of this Pinterest page. What a great idea!
  • Amelia Franz says:
    "Cool Projects, Epic Field Trips, & Awesome Makers" is how this online community defines itself. This looks like a good place to find projects for your class, and also to connect with other teachers and kids. The site uses Google+, so you can comment on individual projects. Check out the life-sized, non-electronic Angry Birds game!
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Yes, I'm talking about the Dyson vacuum cleaner company. Their foundation provides free "engineering boxes" that allow students to take apart one of their machines to learn more about design and engineering. They also offer an "ideas box" for elementary students, and STEM challenges. When I tried to reserve one of these a few years ago, it was too late into the school year. You might have better luck.
  • Electric Circuits

    Lesson plan
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    pbslearningmedia.org
    Amelia Franz says:
    This lesson plan starts with an explanation of how circuits work. Its objective is for students to build a working circuit and explain how to tell when the path is completed. The lesson materials are simple. The suggested age is 13 and up, so this would work well for either middle or high school science.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

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    Amelia Franz says:
    Maker Education sounds great, but some of the materials are (really) expensive! Although this page only lists a few starting places for funding sources, it will give you a few ideas for where to start.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This video shows middle and elementary school kids in Charlottesville, VA explaining their "maker" projects. One unmotivated student was transformed by "learning because he's doing something that matters to him," and a teacher recounts the day a student made connections with a math concept. My older son attends a school for children with learning disabilities, and his Technology class has built musical instruments and a prosthetic limb! Yes, the is the ultimate in student-directed learning!
  • makeuseof.com
    makeuseof.com

    10 Great Arduino Projects for Beginners

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    Amelia Franz says:
    A couple of these beginner projects are a traffic light system and a security alarm. Supplies needed are listed. These projects would probably work best with high schoolers.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch

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    Amelia Franz says:
    So the "Maker Movement" sounds wonderful, but where to start? This article gives you information on where to learn more about it, how to involve parents and the community, and how to fund materials. There's also a section entitled 'Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum,' with ideas for Science. Language Arts, Math, and Music. The 'Interactive Room Challenge' sounds really fun!
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?

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    Amelia Franz says:
    If you haven't heard much about the "Maker Movement," then this article is a good place to start. Its title says it all.