I have been working with resin for the past year as an avenue for artistic expression, experimenting with various ready-made silicone molds purchased online and at craft stores like Joann Fabrics or Michael's. Epoxy A and B resin is fun and easy to work with, can be mixed with colorful acrylic inks and mica powder,... Continue Reading →
I have always enjoyed the Adobe Suite for both vector and bitmap graphic design. And while I continue to use this professional software suite, it often does not fit a school's budget when trying to support a 1:1 laptop program. As such, I continue to explore less expensive (or free) programs that students can use.... Continue Reading →
I have long sought safe and simple ways for students to work with metal in our space. Or maybe better said, "I have long sought ways for me to work with metal." The fact that students get to benefit from this desire is a plus, but I would be lying if I didn't admit that the... Continue Reading →
From the iconic Kevin Costner film, Field of Dreams, comes the now famous line "If you build it, they will come." Over the years, I have heard maker educators use this same line when speaking about their personal efforts to bring a maker space to the school in which they work. There's even a documentary by... Continue Reading →
Our sixth graders are finishing up their work on the Legends of the Trash Creatures project. This interdisciplinary, environmentally focused project tasks students with (among many other requirements) the creation of a 5' tall creature made of trash and embedded with Hummingbird Robotics to allow it to sense the environment and react with sound, lights,... Continue Reading →
Halloween is the perfect time to test out the new Hummingbird Bit from Birdbrain Tech. My plan is to create a remotely controlled ghastly ghost or scary skull, something that can be triggered at a little distance to light up and move. For $6, I picked up a hanging phantom from Target. It's not mechanical... Continue Reading →
I am forever seeking for a new/better tool for 2D design in my work with students. While I use Adobe Illustrator regularly for my graphic design work, the application is often overkill for my middle school students, both in cost and feature set. They need a way to create shapes, modify those shapes, add text,... Continue Reading →
Scratch promotes the four attributes of Personalized Learning; Student Voice, Co-Creation, Social Construction and Self-Discovery.