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BADM: Small Children Playing With Lasers

Chris Berdik of the Hechinger Report wrote a great piece on the Bay Area Discovery Museum and their new Early Childhood Fab Lab (reminder: we're sponsors of the program):

The red beam precisely followed a squiggly building design that Jack had just finger-drawn on a tablet computer. Jack’s goal was to make a building that could stand up to the wind of a nearby table fan.

With his cardboard cut, Jack hurried to the assembly area where about two dozen other kids his ...

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Maker Education Is More Than Fun Activities

While the Maker Movement is certainly gaining traction with students, adoption of making by educational institutions is moving at a far slower pace, according to this piece by Eric Westervelt at nprED:

Schools "are not thinking about it as an instructional tool," says Chris O'Brien, a former teacher who helps schools create maker and project-based learning spaces in New York City. [...]

Schools that embrace making, he says, need to find a thoughtful place for maker projects in the school's curriculum. Otherwise, he warns ...

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Juno Begins Returning Data from Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission is just beginning to phone home with photos:

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA's Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft's July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno's visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system.

Robotic space voyages[^1] like this one are truly amazing, and a true testament to what can be accomplished with the ...

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Why Isn't Computer Science Catching On in Schools?

A recent report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation reveals that in spite of skyrocketing demand among students and parents, Computer Science remains underrepresented within the standard high school—and even college—curriculum. The report lays out what would seem to be a highly compelling and clear-cut case:

To maintain the field’s current momentum, the perception of computer science needs to shift from its being considered a fringe, elective offering or a skills-based course designed to teach basic computer literacy or coding alone. Instead ...

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Bay Area Discovery Museum's Awesome New Fab Lab Opens on May 14

Our friends at Bay Area Discovery Museum are launching their Fab Lab exhibit this weekend, and we're very excited to see it becoming a reality. While schools and institutions all over the place are adding Maker spaces and Maker tools to their programs, BADM's Fab Lab is unique in that it focuses on early childhood; it is, in fact, the world's first such lab targeted at very young children.

The goal of the program is to get children interested in STEM topics ...

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