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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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Vivero Alamar, an Organic Farm in Cuba

These artists do incredible things with a gouge and linoleum tile

Note: this is the latest in a series of posts about our trip to Cuba in April; please see our other posts about the trip.

On our final day in Cuba, we visited an organic farm that pioneered many new techniques, both horticultural and political. Vivero Alamar is located outside of Havana in a large barrio (public housing project). They began in 1997 and have grown from an 8500 square foot garden into over ...

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An Art Studio in Cuba

These artists do incredible things with a gouge and linoleum tile

Note: this is the latest in a series of posts about our trip to Cuba in April; please see our other posts about the trip.

While out to lunch in Old Havana, we discovered an artist studio. This was on a much grander scale than most I’d seen. There were at least 10 people working on everything from painting, to printmaking, to etching. What was the most impressive was the amount of equipment ...

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