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Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme

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One of my end of year rituals is finding and posting the years’ best videos. Given my current interest in maker education, I decided to locate and post 2015 videos related to maker education, STEM, and STEAM.

Maker Education: Reaching All Learners

At Albemarle County Public Schools, maker education fosters student autonomy, ignites student interest, and empowers students to embrace their own learning.

What Is a Maker?

We are all makers; it’s in our DNA. Featuring President Obama, Dale Dougherty, Adam Savage and others.

The Adaptable Mind

The Adaptable Mind explores the skills we need to flourish in the 21st Century.

9 MIT Media Lab Innovations that Changed the Future

From touchscreens to E ink and GPS to Guitar Hero, some of today’s most popular technologies all originated from the same place: the MIT Media Lab. To celebrate its 30th anniversary current and former directors count down the nine most influential innovations to come out of the future-forward lab.

The Next Maker Movement

Since those early Maker Faires of 8-bit Arduinos and 3D printers much has changed, from the the wide availability of powerful smartphone-class electronics to the rise of polished crowdfunded campaigns. So what’s now at the DIY bleeding edge?

How 3-D printed arms are changing kids’ lives around the world

3D  technology is changing the world for kids born without limbs.

Change the World: Hour of Code

Computer science is a foundational field that opens doors for all boys and girls. Starring Sheryl Sandberg, Jasmine Lawrence, Karlie Kloss, May-Li Khoe, Mia Epner, Alice Steinglass, Jess Lee, Paola Mejía Minaya, Malala Yousafzai, and Susan Wojcicki.

“When knowledge is a free commodity, we need to innovate” – Tony Wagner

In a world where knowledge has become a free commodity, one skills set is vital to guarantee our students and our countries a healthy and prosperous future. It is the capacity to solve problems creatively – in a word, to innovate.

Anya Smith: Thinking Like a Designer

The world is malleable and everything in the made world is designed. Mount Vernon Innovation Diploma leader Anya Smith inspires our sense of agency and creative confidence, and she provides her recipe for success in taking on and tackling problems to make a positive difference.

iQ:smartparent: “The Maker Movement in Schools”

Just as the Maker Movement is transforming our culture, it’s having a major impact in our schools.  This episode of iQ: smartparent  examines the Maker Movement’s impact in the classroom.

Ugandan Children Play with Legos for the First Time

Playing with Legos for the first time without instructions – they’re reactions are priceless.

School is for learning to live, not just for learning

What did you learn when you played as a child? Susan shares the idea of how play is making learning successful at the Museum Center for Learning and Opal School.

Inspire Imagination and Keep Building

A Lego commercial that encourages girls to keep building.

Rube Goldberg Machine college nationals

The 2015 Rube Goldberg Machine college nationals contest . . . the challenge: erase a chalkboard in the most whimsical, over-elaborate way possible.

What if all the action heroes were girls?

All girls deserve to see themselves as heroes.

Bonus Video: The Other Christmas Gift

When faced with a tough decision, will these kids pick a Christmas gift for themselves or give it up for a gift for their family? 80% picked the gift for their family. As one asstute young man noted, “Your family matters not legos, not toys….your family so it’s either legos or family and I choose family.”

Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

December 17, 2015 at 11:37 pm

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