Look what I made!

My name is Shaira Maqsudi, my major is Psychology/Elementary Education.  I’m hoping to move on to teaching children within a special education curriculum.

This is a great article by Mark Greenlaw on the huge progress that the Maker movement has made with kids and how it directed their curiosity towards the STEM curriculum.  Its amazing how this movement brings out the creativity in kids while incorporating it into the traditional education curriculum.  A good example is Joey Hudy’s LED cube Arduino.  (by the way, i’m getting one from his site).  The LED cube is a fun tool to teach kids about basic electric circuits and patterns.  Usually 4th graders learn about basic electric diagrams such as parallel or series circuits.  This is a great visual representation of a circuit with a bit of programming to create patterns.

Greenlaw tells us about how the Maker Faire brings out the creativity in everyone.  Kids not only contribute but also learn through collaboration with fellow students.  It seemed like a learning experiencing for both students and educators alike.

I’ve had an opportunity to collaborate with amazing people this year since being introduced to the Maker community and what struck me with each new introduction was how intelligent, creative, committed and authentic each of these amazing people are, and how much I enjoyed working with them and having my own eyes opened to the joy of Making and Maker Faire.  I’ve rekindled the Maker in me, having done a fair amount of woodworking, motorcycle repair, and bicycle repair growing up (I was a bicycle mechanic all through college). Cognizant’s Making the Future article


students and their projects, from the Makered.org blog


7 thoughts on “Look what I made!

  1. I agree with you because I also believe that the Maker movement should be incorporated into the traditional education curriculum to empower creativity. You mentioned how kids at the Maker Faire learn from each other while collaborating their ideas and this way of learning should be encouraged by teachers.

  2. Nice post Shaira also with the arduino machine, I also think that its great that there a lot of students in our class who are future educators and share their ideas and opinions of how the maker movement should be incorporated with education and technology. I also think that this movement will benefit the students greatly both present and in the future.

  3. Hey Shaira, Interesting post.
    I know that when education is involved, students not only learn from the instructor but also from each other- as in students. Greenlaw mentions about how ” Kids not only contribute but also learn through collaboration with fellow students.” I think it is very important to let students share their ideas and thoughts amongst their peer, this will not only allow the students to be able to work together but also to feel free to share their ideas and know that its just as important.

    Kids not only contribute but also learn through collaboration with fellow students.

  4. If you build one of these, please bring it to class that would be awesome! And even better make a post about your process on this blog.

  5. The arduino was made by a 15 year old??!! That’s amazing. Stories like this make me wonder why are education system is stuck in the stone age. Young people are already taking advantage of technology and doing amazing things with it yet they come to school and are forced to sit and listen to someone speak for several hours. Terrible. Also i agree with everyone else that requested you bring it to class. I’d like to play with it

  6. The LED cube looks like a great way to learn about electricity and circuits. These are the tools we need in out classrooms because they allow children to gain confidence and excitement for subjects that students usually consider to be tough, such as math and science. Great post.

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