Makerspaces Provide Skills Beyond Engineering

Born from the minds of ingenious scientists and creative hobbyists, makerspace areas (and tools) in education have became one of the most popular (and arguably, important) ways to introduce students ... Continue reading

Join the Team of High School Machine-Learning Robot Builders

It may take a major university to build a true self-driving car, but any high school class with a 3D printer can create a robot that drives around, learning as it goes. All you need is a simple ... Continue reading

Using Paper Circuits to Teach Second Graders Problem Solving

My second graders and I recently purchased and put together the SparkFun Paper Circuits Kit. This kit helped my students understand what a circuit is, how a circuit works, and how to create their ... Continue reading

Design Thinking, Part 3 - Using Design Thinking to Win a Hackathon

Happy Holidays one and all! One of my most vivid memories about this time of year is the idea of warmth - sitting by a fire with a hot cup of tea while the family tells stories and enjoys each ... Continue reading

Replicable Models of Innovation Series: BLDG 61: Boulder Library Makerspace

BY Zack Weaver 12/13/18 6:28 AM

Guest Post makerspace

Schools and districts across the nation are developing and implementing models of innovation to increase the number of students who are ready to engage in STEM fields, both in the workforce and as a ... Continue reading

Design Thinking, Part 2: Breaking Down the Discovery and Implementation Phases

Welcome back! Today we will be diving a little bit deeper into Design Thinking (DT) as a tool for your students and a way to pump up the creativity in your classroom. Last time, we looked at the ... Continue reading

Combining Art, Science and Technology to Create Scientific Visualizations

I’ve always been someone who loved art, science, and technology, all at the same time! I had no idea how my excitement about all of those subjects could be combined until I discovered the field of ... Continue reading

Inspiring Girls with Soft Circuits - Q& A with ChickTech Founder, Janice Levenhagen

Editor's Note: SparkFun recently started carrying the ChickTech Soft Circuits Kit. In honor of this, we thought we'd take a few minutes to catch up with Janice Levenhagen, the founder and CEO of ... Continue reading

Design Think It: Teaching Pragmatic Coding Through Design Thinking

If you’ve been following some of my posts, you’ll notice that many of the projects I pick for students to pursue are centered around bringing real world experiences to them. Very often, they involve ... Continue reading

Creative Computation with micro:bit and moto:bit

For past several months, our team at Wonderful Idea Co. have been developing a series of playful workshops that allow learners to explore coding, robotics and computational thinking. Many of these ... Continue reading

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