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

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

The SparkFun micro:bit Ecosystem Story

Here at SparkFun Education, we are incredibly passionate about bringing physical computing to students at any age. From introducing first graders to circuits and electricity through paper circuits ... Continue reading

Allowing Room for Failure: The Benefit of Providing Master Code Files

If you’ve followed any of my earlier posts, you may have seen a link to a giant 100+ slide Google Slides on teaching Arduino. If you are crazy and took the time to read through all of it (first off, ... Continue reading

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

A Low Cost Simulator to teach CPR

My work on CPR was motivated by my personal experience. When I was eleven or twelve years old, my dad told me that he lost his father when he was around my age. This surprised me because it never ... Continue reading

What is Computational Thinking?

Computational Thinking is the buzzword of the moment. But what does it mean and how can you use it meaningfully with your students?... Continue reading

The Power of Failure

Think about the last time you learned how to do something. Was your first attempt perfect? Probably not. But did you keep trying and eventually create something better than you had originally hoped ... Continue reading

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