Illustrated with color photos of real student work, Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspacescontains project ideas, articles, and best practices from educators at the forefront of making and hands-on education. In the book, Stanford University FabLearn Fellows (a group of K–12 educators teaching in fabrication labs, makerspaces, classrooms, libraries, community centers, and museums) share inspirational ideas from their learning spaces, as well as assessment strategies and recommended projects across a broad range of age levels. The book tours the future of learning, where children make sense of the world by making things that matter to them and their communities. Meaningful Making is available for free as a downloadable PDF, or in print at major online retailers. Proceeds of the print edition will be used to fund future FabLearn fellowships and activities for K–12 educators.
Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of February.
The Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education at the University of California, Davis has launched RoboBlockly, a web-based robotsimulation that uses a simple puzzle-piece interface to program virtual Linkbot and LEGO robots.
The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is offering ecoTech Grants of up to $2,500 to support inquiry-based projects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields that leverage technology or use nature-based designs to address environmental problems in local communities.