Recap + Catchup Up on the First Week of #InventAnything!
Our Community Call was buzzin, people are making projects and asking for help in droves, and we wanted to celebrate with you!
Highlights from this Week
The Basics track is killing it!
With more than 50 Scavenger Hunts posted so far! like this one by @ainemae
There were a lot of pet projects in the IoT Track!
@mercadoalex is working on a prototype of a pet feeder made of cardboard.
@joellemcowan Made a Modified Fish Feeder
Using the cloud bit, motor, and a LEGO conveyor belt build, I have modified the fish feeder project to work with flake food and our tank. All we'll need to do when on vacation is bring up cloud control and feed the fish. Yes, IFFTT could be used to automate it, but our son likes to "feed the fish," so keeping it "manual" works better for us.
See the whole project she uploaded at: http://littlebits.cc/projects/modified-fish-feeder
@ValentinaC Reminded Us to Steal Like Artists
A Brief Scene from the Community Call
JackANDJude: I'm in ALL THE TRACKS, YO
Daniel M: lol im in IoT
B I: Best community ever
littleBits Q & A with Mitch Resnick
"All of Education is about finding the right balance between structure and freedom." --Mitch Resnick
@Lorie_1020 Shows How We Are All Teachers and Learners at Once
Q & A With Guest Dr. Mitch Resnick
We had so many amazing questions from the community, both on this page and during the chat. Listen to hear Mitch talk about the four Ps: Passion, Play, Peers and Projects, and answer the following questions:
@JackANDJude: What workshop characteristics produce the widest variety of creative outcomes? In other words, can you speak to how and why we should avoid the cookie cutter project outcome?
Liza C: How do you help kids feel comfortable exploring in an environment in which they might fail (or, especially, explore a subject that seems hard or "not for them")? What things make them comfortable and confident?
@joey: I'm curious if Mitch saw the Tedtalk video on Introverts and what his response might be?
Watch the littleBits Community Call with Mitch Resnik + Orientation
About Dr. Mitch Resnick
Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, explores how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences. Resnick's research group developed the "programmable brick" technology that inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit. He co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, a worldwide network of after-school centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Resnick's group also developed Scratch, an online community where children program and share interactive stories, games, and animations. He earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978), and MS and PhD degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked as a science-technology journalist from 1978 to 1983, and he has consulted throughout the world on creative uses of computers in education. He is author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), co-editor of Constructionism in Practice (1996), and co-author of Adventures in Modeling (2001). In 2011, Resnick was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education.
- All I Really Need to Know (About Creative Thinking) I Learned (By Studying How Children Learn) in Kindergarten: http://web.media.mit.edu/~mres/papers/kindergarten-learning-approach.pdf
- Designing for Tinkerability: http://web.media.mit.edu/~mres/papers/designing-for-tinkerability.pdf
- Let's Teach Kids to Code: http://www.ted.com/talks/mitch_resnick_let_s_teach_kids_to_code