Bring the Maker Mindset to Kids
4.5 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
27 students enrolled
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add Bring the Maker Mindset to Kids to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

Bring the Maker Mindset to Kids

Learn about maker education and how to help students persevere through simple electronics, sewing and coding projects.
4.5 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
27 students enrolled
Created by Liz Greaser
Last updated 7/2016
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
5 hours left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 12 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Jump into the maker movement!
  • Learn how electronics, sewing and coding can be used with elementary and middle school students.
  • Embrace elementary science and empower your students with a maker mindset.
  • Learn about basic circuits, batteries and discover hands-on activities to use in a classroom.
  • Learn how to incorporate hand-sewing into your classroom with these fun and educational activities.
  • Discover simple hand-sewing projects that you can prepare ahead of time.
  • Make a sewn LED flashlight.
  • Learn about the icon-programming language, Scratch, and how to use it in a classroom
  • Write a program to make your "sprite" move.
  • Change digital images using the paint editor.
  • Use the xy-grid to make sprites move to specific locations in your program.
  • Learn key programming concepts using Scratch.
View Curriculum
Requirements
  • The videos walk you through a variety of hands-on projects covering basic electronics, hand-sewing and creative coding techniques. Students can follow along with the projects by purchasing the supplies and materials ahead of time.
Description

This course is for teachers, parents and/or elementary and middle school students who want to learn more about the maker movement and how to encourage a maker mindset. This is a hands-on class and a supply list will be provided. Topics include: simple electronics, introductory sewing projects and detailed lessons on how to use the icon-based programming language, Scratch. Together, we will take apart small electronics, sew a wristband, make a hand-sewn flashlight and learn how to integrate coding across the curriculum.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for teachers, parents and/or students who want to learn more about how to things are made. This is a hands-on class and a supply list will be provided. Topics include basic electronics, introductory sewing projects and learning how to use the icon-based programming language, Scratch. This is a beginning course and the emphasis is on hands-on activities. No prior experience is required.
Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed
Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
01:05:22
+
What is the Maker Mindset
3 Lectures 04:23

In this video, Liz defines the maker mindset and describes why she wants you to use it with your students.

Preview 01:52

For more information on William Kamkwamba, check out the links that have been provided.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
00:44

In this article, you will find a list of supplies used in this course. In addition, you can find articles on exploratory research into the maker movement and its use in education.

Hands-On Activities, Supply List & Current Research
01:46
+
CareBear Take Down
2 Lectures 03:51

When handling electronics, safety is of the utmost importance. Not all electronics are safe to dismantle with children. In addition to safety concerns, learn how to ask questions before your students take apart an old toy.

Preview 01:09

In this video, Liz takes a apart a keychain LED flashlight.  Learn why taking apart something is a fun and educational activity to do with kids.

Take Apart Lesson
02:42
+
Batteries and Circuits
2 Lectures 02:32

A brief warning about what could go wrong when you combine batteries, wires and output components.

Safety Warning for Circuit Blocks
00:19

After watching this video, students will be able to set up battery-powered lessons for their own classroom (or homeschool). 



Circuit Blocks
02:13
+
Conductors and Insulators
1 Lecture 02:51

After watching this video, students will learn how to set up an activity that shows the difference between a conductor and an insulator. 

Preview 02:51
+
Electronics Wrap-Up
3 Lectures 08:18

After watching this video, teachers will have an open-ended project that they can use with their students. Participants will make a simple LED flashlight using Lectrify components, pipe cleaners, a paper-towel roll and some tape.

Preview 03:25

This video contains numerous examples of creative ways to incorporate electronics with students. Examples include: electronic origami using copper tape, paper circuits using conductive ink, illuminated embroidered art, as well as painted art projects that glow. 

Circuit Art & Other Electronic Items for Kids
04:08

This article contains a list of supplies that were mentioned in the video lecture, "Circuit Art & Other Electronic Items for Kids." Additional books, articles and research are also included.

Circuit Art & Other Electronics Resources
00:45
+
Why Sewing?
3 Lectures 07:42

In this video, Liz talks about why sewing is a valuable part of the maker mindset. 

Why Sewing?
01:48

This page contains research articles, books and web links on sewing with children. 

Research on Sewing with Children
00:36

At the end of this video lesson, teachers will be equipped with a simple "maker" activity to do with their students. Increase observation skills by taking apart a piece of clothing. 

T-Shirt Take Apart
05:18
+
Hand-Sewing with Kids
3 Lectures 09:42

In a Montessori primary classroom (ages 2.5 - 7), sewing is a key component of the classroom. Sewing activities help with fine motor skills and increase concentration. At the end of this video, teachers will have a number of activities to use with young children. 

Preview 02:33

In this video, teachers will learn what sewing skills should be taught first. Liz provides a few hands-on activities to use with a large group of students. 

Intro to Hand-Sewing for Kids
02:27

At the end of this lesson, students will have a personalized wristband that they made themselves. 

Make a Wristband/Bracelet
04:42
+
Combining sewing and electronics
1 Lecture 06:30

In this lengthy video, Liz shows how to re-purpose the LED flashlight parts from Lesson 4 into a hand-sewn LED flashlight. If you do not have the parts from Lesson 4, you can use a plain LED and a coin cell battery. The supply list is provided in Lesson 17. 

Sew a Flashlight!
06:30
+
Sewing Resources Wrap-up
1 Lecture 00:31

A supply list is provided for all of the sewing videos. In addition to the supply list, other activities and resources are mentioned.

Sewing Wrap-Up and Resources
00:31
+
What's the big deal with learning how to code?
1 Lecture 00:48

In this video, Liz talks about why she thinks creative coding is a great thing to use with students. 

Why Scratch?
00:48
5 More Sections
About the Instructor
Liz Greaser
4.5 Average rating
2 Reviews
27 Students
1 Course
Montessori Tech Librarian

My name is Liz Greaser and I like to make things. For the past four years I have been using hands-on materials to teach robotics and programming to elementary and middle school students. I am passionate about lifelong learning, as well as helping kids to follow their own interests. I have a master's degree in library and information science and consider myself a lifelong student.  As it is, I have many different interests, but my background in Montessori education has led me to being a hands-on educator, with a special emphasis on creating with technology, not just consuming it. If you want to see more projects, I keep a blog at Artisan Education. Go forth and be creative!