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Stemiverse 0038 - Seven Vinton, the inventor teacher

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 38! In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Seven Vinton! Seven is Co-inventor of the ARD2-INNOV8 shield for Arduino. He has dedicated the past 6 years to providing support for students and teachers with Digital technologies, and creating solutions...
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Make an Open Source Drone - course update #2

In the previous update about the open source drone course update, I explained the reasons behind we decided to do this work, and talked about the progress at that point. I am pleased to let you know that the update work is completed! At the moment, I am finishing some editing and I'm uploading...
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Arduino Bootcamp for Teachers now enrolling for May 2018 cohort

The Arduino Bootcamp for Teachers is now in its third month of operation! The Bootcamp is a fast-tracked program in which teachers can learn the skills needed to be able to use the Arduino as part of a STEM curriculum, or to teach the Arduino to their students as an independent topic. My team...
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Join us in the Tech Explorations Maker Club

"Making" is not just about technology and gadgets. It is mainly about community. It is about the people in that community, who are motivated to use technology and education to improve themselves and the world around them. Since starting Tech Explorations in 2013, I have had thousands of...
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Stemiverse 0037 - Dr Marc Noakes on teaching Teachers

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 37! In this episode, Peter talks with Dr Marc Noakes! Marc earned his PhD in Science on scholarship with the CSIRO, which provided an apprenticeship in research, management, professional communication, and a solid background in the understanding of...
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What tools should I use in my STEM class? 5 rules to help you select

Because STEM has such a broad context, many different kinds of tools and resources can be used. A quick search on the web for “STEM tools” will return millions of hits. Visit your local department store, go to the toys section, and you will see boxes full of toys that the manufacturer claims to...
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What are some of the teaching materials that are available in the Bootcamp for teachers?

We have designed our Arduino Bootcamp for Teachers to support two main objectives: Fast paced, outcome driven learning aligned with our Learn-Test-Do method. Ensure that the graduate teachers can take what they learned and use it in their classroom immediately. During the bootcamp,...
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What is a Bootcamp and how is it different to a self-paced course?

Bootcamps originated in the military and fitness contexts. Such bootcamps provide training with specific outcomes. They can be about learning how to overcome an obstacle course, navigate through terrain without a map and GPS or losing weight etc. Regardless of the objectives, bootcamps emphasise...
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What is learning through doing?

Inventors are revolutionaries. They change the way we live by solving everyday problems. Their inventions are proof of what is possible when the mindset and way of thinking goes against the grain of the established way of doing things. Henry Ford showed that cars can be made in massive numbers...
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A STEM teacher’s technical competence is important - but not only for the reasons you think

Continuous professional development is always in a teacher’s to-do list. New evidence-based pedagogical methods, new tools, new curriculum requirements, policies for helping students with special needs, and so much more, all need dedicated learning time put aside to achieve a higher level of...
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