annmarie.p.thomas I'm an associate professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. There I run the Playful Learning Lab, where we developed Squishy Circuits, and other playful ways to approach education.
shamylmansoor Love the name of the lab!
Marko Shiva Pavlovic Hi @annmarie.p.thomas
Sophi Kravitz What other projects are you working on there?
annmarie.p.thomas I also served as the founding executive director of Maker Ed (makered.org) and wrote "Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Education."
annmarie.p.thomas Other projects (shhh! ;-) ) are a soon to be announced education project with the band OK Go. and a Circus Science project.
Marko Shiva Pavlovic Squishy love the name for the gadgets
Sophi Kravitz this video is one of my favs:
annmarie.p.thomas If you love education and OK Go... we'd love to hear from you : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FFkogK2z8g5UkStV-8Brihm-OqR01jXdoHipLhSRKFo/viewform?ts=5947f09d&edit_requested=true
annmarie.p.thomas Squishy Circuits info can be found here: http://squishycircuits.com/
annmarie.p.thomas My research tends to focus on the intersection of art, tech, play and engineering. So it's an honor to get to cohost today!
Sophi Kravitz we're happy you could join!
Marko Shiva Pavlovic
Using Squishy Circuits, you can create sculptures that light up, move, make noise and more!
Jasmine Brackett >> whooooo???
Jasmine Brackett It's a woman
Sophi Kravitz there is a sheet that we use for discussion, but does anyone have anything they want to ask off the bat?
Joan Horvath I'll do a shout out for LA area folks: Annmarie will be keynoting this event in West LA Aug 3-4: https://www.windwardschool.org/page/Design2017
Sophi Kravitz and I'm curious to know how many people here in the chat are making kits/ products for education?
Joan Horvath We write books and teach people how to use such things...
morganrallen ~sort of
annmarie.p.thomas For those of you who are making kits/products for education- I'd love to hear which ones you work on!
ctag Sort of here too
auclark1800 Eventually, I hope!
Ben Hibben I am; we (Mr Blinky Bling) specialize in custom-branded beginner-friendly soldering kits but have plans to do more elaborate curriculum in the future.
shamylmansoor I've made some simple kits, but mostly working on curriculum design and integration for schools http://learnobots.com/product/
Boian Mitov Well... I have developed Visuino up to very big extend to help kids learn to program Arduino type boards ;-)
Dhrupal R Shah Hi @annmarie.p.thomas we are working on developing evive http://evive.cc
annmarie.p.thomas We should also acknowledge that "education" means a lot of different things to different people. Are we designing for learning, and/or for formal education settings, or libraries, or museums or schools. All have different needs!
Julio Vazquez I wish to someday make my own educational kit! My dream is to use cosplay accessories as a way to get the kids' interest in electronics
morganrallen I've been making "Circuit Tiles" for use in our museum. Single purpose block connected with banana plugs
Sophi Kravitz People posting projects, please post links and twitter handles
auclark1800 What museum? @morganrallen
shamylmansoor I've also been mainly focusing on how to include making in standard school curriculums which we call curriculum integration
Boian Mitov And I have worked with Makerfabs to help them introduce this IoT starter kit, specifically designed for inexperienced in electronics:
annmarie.p.thomas Love this list. One of the questions from @auclark1800 asks about resources for library makerspaces. Love this. Many libraries (including ones here in St. Paul) have makerspaces.
Mark I have ideas/plans/hardware/first attempts, etc, but could use some help pulling it together. References and resources would be helpful.
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