Megan Hemmings

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Cleaning Alligator Clips

A recent visit to a local classroom to teach students about conductivity using MakeyMakeys presented an unexpected problem: what is the best way to clean alligator clips?... Continue reading

What is a Circuit?

Circuits are the basis of electronics, so, let’s take a few moments to break them down and discuss what they actually are. A circuit is a loop through which current can flow. A power source, such as ... Continue reading

Data Visualization Three Ways

When collecting data, the sheer volume of it can quickly become overwhelming. Rows and rows of information become difficult to quickly scan and gain any useful information from. That is where data ... Continue reading

Conductor or Insulator - Using Makey Makey to Explore Conductivity

A great way to introduce students to circuits and electricity is by using Makey Makeys to test if different materials are conductive or not. We recently visited a 2nd and 4th grade class to teach ... Continue reading

SparkFun In The Wild: Summer 2019 Edition

As the end of the school year approaches, it’s time to start thinking about summer plans. And it turns out, our summer is going to be very busy! If you will be attending any of these conferences, be ... Continue reading

Inspiring Summer Programs: Checking in With Digital Media Academy

As a follow up to last week's post about the value of summer programs to introduce students to physical computing, we caught up with Marcus Duvoisin, the Director of Curriculum & Instruction at ... Continue reading

Introducing Physical Computing Through Summer Programs

For those looking to bring electronics and physical computing to students, summer provides a great opportunity. Outside the restrictions of typical classroom life (standards, testing, scheduling, ... Continue reading

What is a Capacitor?

Capacitors are used to store energy. But they aren’t batteries. So what are they used for and how do they work?... Continue reading

SparkFun Summer 2019 Professional Development

Each summer, SparkFun hosts a 5-day professional development workshop, Microcontrollers for Educators, to help teachers and other educators learn how to bring computer science and computational ... Continue reading

Using Computational Thinking to Create Music Videos

OK Go has some of the most innovative music videos around. Now, this may be old news to some of you, after all, the main video I’ll be talking about here was released in 2016, but that doesn’t mean ... Continue reading

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