Month: October 2014

Simple Fall Science Activity from Table Top Inventing!

Simple Fall Science Activity   Green Monster Slime! Add some gooey, gross, green monster slime to your Halloween this year!  All you need are these 4 ingredients and a little science to whip up a batch.  Elmer’s white glue- 1/2

007 – John Westrum, Afinia 3D Printing

John Westrum is the Vice President of Operations at Afinia, a division of Microboards Technology, LLC. John has been instrumental in introducing the Afinia 3D printer into the US market, and has a long-term view on products and sales with his 20+ year tenure as a VP at Microboards. John knows his business inside and out including the marketing and sales, the support and engineering, as well as the purchasing side.

Over the last two years, John has seen the interest and demand for desktop 3D printers grow into education from what had predominantly been commercial and hobbyist applications. As education demands have increased, John’s interest involvement in the workshop focuses on working with individuals and organizations to develop curriculum to support STEM initiatives utilizing 3D printers. Although John does not have a background in Education/Academics, he is impassioned with a belief that STEM is a critical part to student learning.

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Don’t miss Dan Miller this week on the Table Top Inventing Podcast!

  Strategy for an Educational Revolution – Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo This week, the Table Top Inventing Crew has been spreading the word about maker education at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, CA. 

006 – Dan Miller, 48 Days to the Work You Love

Our guest today is Dan Miller. Dan is the author of “Forty-eight Days to the Work You Love Preparing for the New Normal”. He regularly advises professionals who have lost their way on the road to career fulfillment. Dan is on my community of 48 now has over 14,000 members and is innovate in “Coaching with Excellence” has been always sold out. His Forty-eight Days Podcast, which by the way I have listened to for over two years now, is listed in the top most popular business Podcasts on iTunes. Today we will be discussing the changing job market and how that impacts the education students will need to succeed in this new economy.

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Table Top Inventing October 2014 Newsletter

Table Top Inventing October 2014 Newsletter   A word from Steve and Debby  The folks at Table Top Inventing want to ask you, “What is the purpose of an education?”  This fall, the Table Top Inventing Crew is bringing the

005 – Meg Backus & Geoff Millener, Chattanooga 4th Floor Makerspace

This summer, Table Top Inventing brought our Inventor’s Bootcamp to Chattanooga, TN. We had to swing by the famous Chattanooga Library 4th Floor Makerspace, of course! Listen in as Steve chats with Meg and Geoff about the changing role of libraries, the impact of maker technology on education, and the SnoriCam, invented by two guys with the last name of Snori who weren’t related to each other!

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The Environment and Tools of Great Educational Makerspaces

Just Published on Teacher Librarian Magazine! Great educational makerspaces inspire students to own their learning and deepen their thinking by exploring the world with all their senses. In a makerspace designed for independent exploration, curious students tinker and iterate their

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004 – Sylvia Martinez & Gary Stager, Ph.D., Constructing Modern Knowledge

Gary Stager is one of the world’s leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms. In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary is a journalist, educator, consultant, professor, and software developer.

Sylvia Martinez works in schools around the world to bring the power of authentic learning into classrooms, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects. Sylvia speaks, writes, and advocates for student-centered, project-based learning, gender equity in technology, computer programming, and life-long learning. For the past ten years, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a non-profit working to empower young people to improve their schools and communities with modern technology.

Together this dynamic duo has written a fantastic book titled, “Invent to Learn”. Steve sat down with them in Atlanta at the ISTE conference to chat about education around the world and the shifting tide that maker education is bringing to schools in this country.

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