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Mark Frauenfelder – Makers

June 1, 2011

Mark Frauenfelder came on right away discussing household inventions. These included a revolving bird-feeder, a “bacon clock” and a tea bag popper. The worlds biggest iPod can use old LP records and digitalizes his music with this modified hi-fi cabinet. VCR cat-feeders which utilise VCR motors to time the feeding for cats. Numerous examples are listed alongside these few. Mark says that if kids could do the following, cloning jelly-fish DNA, make a robotic black-jack dealer, and robot ‘guards’. Modern-day shools only teach children to be scholars, they hear information, but they are not actually doing anything. Frauenfelder says that hands-on experience in building robots, and these other types activities would develop children as young ‘Makers’. A curriculum was created using simple wooden blocks, and through using tasks to fulfill physical needs. Whilst doing these activities, children learn about physical elements of the earth such as color, size and numbers. With a “Kite Curriculum”, children learn how to handle different types of materials, giving children “a sense of self-ethicacy”. This whole curriculum is based on just creating a box kite, which, Frauenfelder says traditional schools ignore. While wrapping up his speech, Frauenfelder talks about “Cigar Box Nation” which uses cigars boxes, which are never used, to make guitars. Frauenfelder believes that through experiencing first-hand, and ‘learning by doing’ children will become “makers”.

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  1. Stephanie Wintjes permalink
    June 1, 2011 10:17 AM

    Learn by doing and making. Teachers are re-thinking their role… Big messages today about the power of using hands and minds to MAKE.

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