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