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novembro 2015

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Por que fazemos maker showcases?

By | 21st Century Skills, Português, Sala de Aula | No Comments

Para fazer um maker showcase funcionar, trocamos muitos e-mails, fazemos toda a logística, nos certificamos de que todos os maker kits estão funcionando bem, colocamos tudo em caixas, saímos duas horas mais cedo para nos certificar de que teremos tempo para treinar um novo membro da equipe, colocamos tudo no carro e… Mais um showcase ACONTECE.

Temos uma rotina agitada, mas altamente reconfortante. Nós fizemos pelo menos dez maker showcases em escolas parceiras nos últimos três meses e podemos afirmar que o engajamento e entusiasmo dos alunos começa no minuto em que chegamos. Para todos os lugares que olhamos vemos pessoas:

  • Experimentando programação em uma plataforma muito amigável com Kano
  • Fazendo lindos projetos com Littlebits
  • Aprendendo conceitos de circuitos com Big Bits
  • Fazendo arte com Spinning art
  • Aprendendo sobre “physical computing” MakeyMakeys
  • Jogando para aprender com Osmos
  • Construindo circuitos impressos com Snap Circuits

Durante as nossas açōes do Mobile Makerspace, onde quer que olhemos, vemos pessoas que se deslocam alegremente de estação em estação aprendendo um conceito novo ao criar algo na vida real. Ouvimos perguntas como: Tem mais amanhã? Quando vocês voltam? Onde posso ir para fazer mais dessas atividades?

Um pai na semana passada me fez uma pergunta muito interessante enquanto eu ajudava seu filho a adicionar um dimmer no circuito que ele tinha acabado de fazer. “Você trabalha em uma escola de inglês, certo? Então, o que tem a ver o ensino da língua inglesa com coisas como programação, impressão 3D, circuitos e eletrônica?”.

Eu posso pensar em pelo menos três razões muito boas para um American Space fazer showcases. Makers representam conceitos da cultura americana, como: a busca pelo conhecimento, comprometimento, empreendedorismo; conceitos muito interessantes para se estimular em qualquer ambiente educacional. Ao participar de uma ampla gama de atividades em grupos, participantes apropriam-se (internalizam ou tomam para si) os resultados produzidos ao trabalhar em conjunto. Estes resultados podem incluir tanto novas estratégias ou conhecimento.

Mais uma vantagem de ter showcases é o fato de que temos pelo menos um mentor em cada estação para questionar os participantes e facilitar o aprendizado.  O conceito de Vygotsky’s de Zona de Desenvolvimento Proximal - área onde uma pessoa pode resolver um problema com a ajuda de um colega mais capacitado – pode ser facilmente observado nas interaçōes dos grupos enquanto trabalham juntos para superar desafios. Quando fazemos maker showcases, despertamos a imaginação das pessoas entorpecidas pelo genérico e o produzido em massa e convidamos os participantes a se envolverem com atividades que aguçam a genuína curiosidade. Todo American Space procura envolver participantes em atividades criativas e enriquecedoras para promover aprendizado e fazer a diferença na vida dos alunos e prepará-los para os desafios do século XXI. Agora, os American Spaces têm como aliado a força do Movimento do Fazer e todo o entusiasmo que o cerca.

Veja abaixo alguns momentos “maker” das ultimas semanas.

GRAFFITart + Maker Showcase @ CTJ-FAN  - https://goo.gl/IlYDge

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Galois Infantil Águas Claras - https://goo.gl/HwrP7n

Mobile Maker Showcase @ CIMAN - https://goo.gl/cfi7m2

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Festival Literário do Colégio Santo Antônio –  https://goo.gl/Y3i3PH

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Feira de Tecnologia do Colégio Cor Jesu - https://goo.gl/3snPwT

Mobile Maker Showcase @  Leonardo Da Vinci Asa Norte –  https://goo.gl/cqiZox

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Sigma Águas Claras –  https://goo.gl/KhsgVr

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Sigma Águas Claras –  https://goo.gl/RyxCmR

 

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Why Maker Showcases?

By | 21st Century Skills, English, Maker Movement, Smithsonian | No Comments

To get a maker showcase up and running, we exchange many mails, get all the logistics ready, make sure all the maker kits are running well, pack, prepare two hours early to make sure we make it in time to train some new staff members, get everything out and …

One more maker showcase is ON.

It’s surely a hectic routine, the one of our mobile makerspace, but highly reassuring. We have delivered at least ten maker showcases in partner schools over the last three months, and it’s safe to say that the buzz starts the minute we arrive. All we see is the audience:

During our showcases, wherever we look, we see people moving happily around, going from work station to work station experimenting the thrill of making something for themselves. People overcome their frustration and celebrate making. It’s just beautiful to watch the excitement and engagement and hear questions like: Are you guys going to come back tomorrow? When are you guys coming back? Where can I go for more of these activities?

Last week, a parent asked me a very interesting question as I was helping his kid add a dimmer to the circuit she had just finished.  “You are with an English school, right? So, what does English teaching have to do with things like coding, 3D printing, circuitry, and electronics?” I can think of at least three very good reasons for an American Space to have maker showcases. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design, and powerful personal technology, which are great concepts to teach at any school. The interactive component of maker activities are worth pointing out, too. By participating in a broad range of activities with others, participants appropriate (internalize or take for themselves) the outcomes produced by working together; These outcomes could include both new strategies and knowledge.

Another advantage of having maker showcases and letting people experience making is the fact that there is a mentor in each station to foster learning. The activities are drop-in, but participants might be guided by the mentor who does not provide answers or a manual, but asks discovery questions and leads participants to “a-ha” moments instead. Vygotsky’s concept of the Zone of Proximal Development – the area where a person can solve a problem with the help of a more able peer – can be easily noticed as kids work together to overcome challenges. Hosting numerous maker showcases around town stirs the imagination of people numbed by generic, mass-produced merchandise and invites participants to engage with activities that sparkle genuine curiosity as to the English language.

GRAFFITart + Maker Showcase @ CTJ-FAN  - https://goo.gl/IlYDge

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Galois Infantil Águas Claras – https://goo.gl/HwrP7n

Mobile Maker Showcase @ CIMAN – https://goo.gl/cfi7m2

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Festival Literário do Colégio Santo Antônio –  https://goo.gl/Y3i3PH

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Feira de Tecnologia do Colégio Cor Jesu – https://goo.gl/3snPwT

Mobile Maker Showcase @  Leonardo Da Vinci Asa Norte –  https://goo.gl/cqiZox

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Sigma Águas Claras –  https://goo.gl/KhsgVr

Mobile Maker Showcase @ Sigma Águas Claras –  https://goo.gl/RyxCmR

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Graffiti in the Making

By | American Spaces, English, Projetos | No Comments

After making its way into our Resource Centers, the maker movement has gained strength at Casa Thomas Jefferson as we have been addressing themes related to American Culture and combining maker showcases with themed workshops.  A good example of this new format was the GRAFFITart –  a maker showcase combined with a graffiti live painting show, which wowed visitors to the CTJ Asa Norte in October.

Born at the heart of American hip-hop culture, graffiti was treated as vandalism, but managed, with great difficulty, to make its way from the city’s streets and subway cars to large galleries. Many pieces of work have been commissioned by media groups, corporations, governments and famous museums – like the Brooklyn Museum, the Amsterdam Museum and the Smithsonian Museum, to name a few.

Recognizing the power of street art in Brasilia, CTJ invited three of  the most prominent graffiti artists in the city  to boost our maker showcase: Pedro Sangeon (@gurulino), Hugo Willians (@yongattack), and Camila Santos (@sirenarte).

Pedro is a brazilian visual artist, illustrator and meditator. He signs his work as PSAN and is best know for his famous character, Gurulino. Camila – Siren as she is best known – expresses in her work the same serenity and happiness when performing. Hugo – or Yong – is a Brazilian urban artist, who has been coloring the city for ten years.  Surrounded by students, parents, admirers and lovers of urban art, our guests spent the afternoon doing graffiti and inspiring visitors to understand the mission of our new MakerSpace that will be inaugurated early 2016.

Our maker showcase

For the maker showcase we had the contribution of local makers who kindly came to talk about 3D printing and modelling. Makers are very often inspired to share and empower people to become makers too. Our special thanks go to Rodrigo Proença - father of our very talented student Maria Augusta ‘Gutta’ Proença  who loves cosplay and Arduino. They brought a 3D printer, a drone, and a very special project to share and inspire us all.

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Here is a list of the activities put together by the Resource Center Asa Norte maker team. Special thanks to our super team Aline Mota, Flávia Pellegrini and Tássia Ávila, and also to our Asa Norte branch executive aide Lucilene Elias.

  • Makey Makeys
  • 3D printing and Arduino showcase
  • Littlebits
  • Snap Circuits
  • Pedal Powered Blender
  • Big Bits
  • Spinning Art

The event was so upbeat that the partnership between CTJ  and  GRAFFITart team did not end here. On November 18th we already have another MAKER GRAFFITart in the Asa Sul branch and soon we will have a Graffiti Workshop with Yong, Gurulino and Siren. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook to make sure you do not miss this great learning experience.

 

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BigBits : a low cost – with high impact – circuitry activity

By | English, Maker Movement, Makerspaces | One Comment

Everywhere makers go, we hear that we don’t need fancy or high tech materials to take our maker space to the next level. And it is true, indeed!

Last August, I was one of many maker enthusiasts, from all over the world, that took the “The Tinkering Fundamentals” course, offered by The Exploratorium Team at Coursera E-Learning platform.

A three weeks course, “The Tinkering Fundamentals” aimed to help educators and enthusiasts to learn how to develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course was designed as a hands-on workshop, where we handled making and tinkering activities aided by video content, activity guides, background reading, forum discussions, and instructor`s guidance.

With a very clear and straight to the point content, especially for those who are taking their first steps into the maker movement, the Exploratorium Team guided us on how to conduct making and tinkering activities without handing to the kids the whole treasure map, motivating them to think, discover and solve problems by way of trying, failing, trying again and finally nailing it.

Each week we had to do an activity aligned with the content dealt with. I was happy to see that most of them were no news to our maker team at Casa Thomas Jefferson, and some were even already posted here as inspiration like the ones in the posts: “How to Make a Doodler”, “How to Make Your First Robot”, “How to Make a LED Powered Card” and “How to Make Your First Wearable Circuit“, just to name a few.

The activity of the Week Two though was a refreshing surprise: The Circuit Boards – what we right away nicknamed as BigBits (a clear reference to its ‘cousin’, the ©LittleBits). BigBits, as we call them now, are real electrical parts mounted on sturdy wood blocks designed for anyone (at almost any age) to start creating electrical connections between everyday objects like batteries, bulbs, buzzers, switches, and other electrical components, using alligator clips. They are very similar to the LittleBits, but with a difference: they are low cost since you can make them from scratch with used toys and electric parts, or very inexpensive components.

We put together a basic set here at Casa Thomas Jefferson and it made a surprisingly humongous success! We never imagined they would cause such engagement and curiosity. Even parents couldn’t resist the urge to start playing around.  It is great to see how they figure the connections out without minimum orientation, and how participants solve the problems of multiple connections easily by working together.

We leave the set available on a table, and they are free to play with it whenever they want. We also use it as a drop-in station whenever we throw a Mobile Maker Showcase at our outposts or external events. In either case, it is a buzz maker!

To make a BigBits set is easy and it only requires some basic DIYer skills like drilling, hammering and handling the soldering iron and the hot glue gun. The detailed instructions on how to make the circuits are available at The Exploratorium website.

The wood blocks can come from scrap pieces of wood that you can easily negotiate at any wood workshop (I did and it cost me nothing!), and here are a few basic components you might find at any local electronic store – except for the hand crank generator (sold at Amazon) and those knife switchers (easily replaced by any regular ones). Check the materials and the tools you need here.

We also used some parts from old toys – from a campaign we made – like DC motors, servo motors, switches, lamps, engines and so on… Here are some images from our set in action.

So… what are you waiting for?! Roll up your sleeves and make a BigBits set for your maker space. One thing I guarantee: you won’t regret it and the kids will have loads of fun! ;-)

USEFUL LINKS:
Exploratorium Activites Ideas
http://exploratorium.edu/explore/activities
http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/

Exploratorium Courses at Coursera
https://www.coursera.org/exploratorium

Circuit Boards “BigBits”  Handbook
http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/sites/default/files/Instructions/circuit_boards.pdf

Electrical Components Stores (Online)
http://mecaloja.com/
http://www.labdegaragem.org/
http://www.vinitronica.com.br/
http://www.huinfinito.com.br/
http://www.filipeflop.com/
https://multilogica-shop.com/