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.
In this video, Liz defines the maker mindset and describes why she wants you to use it with your students.
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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.
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.
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.
A brief warning about what could go wrong when you combine batteries, wires and output components.
After watching this video, students will be able to set up battery-powered lessons for their own classroom (or homeschool).
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.
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.
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.
In this video, Liz talks about why sewing is a valuable part of the maker mindset.
This page contains research articles, books and web links on sewing with children.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of this lesson, students will have a personalized wristband that they made themselves.
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.
A supply list is provided for all of the sewing videos. In addition to the supply list, other activities and resources are mentioned.
In this video, Liz talks about why she thinks creative coding is a great thing to use with students.
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!