Sunday, October 6, 2013

create the conditions for invention

"Remember kids, the only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down."
- Adam Savage, host of Mythbusters 

I  just read Invent To Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S Stager. It will inspire you to join the Maker movement. Children are natural tinkerers... and you know when you have a Super Tinkerer in your midst. 

All educators who believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore, learn, and discover should read this! This book is not an instruction manual on how to manage kids or a classroom, but how to bring out the greatness that kids already have to offer if they are allowed to explore their own interests and creativity. 

"Making is a way of bringing engineering to young learners. Such concrete experiences provide a meaningful context for understanding abstract science and math concepts. For older students, making combines disciplines in ways that enhance the learning process for diverse student populations and opens the doors to unforeseen career paths."

After reading Invent To Learn, you might even be inspired to create something yourself. Perhaps you can start by creating a maker culture in your own home and see where it leads.

Check out this inspiring blog post:
Start Something: The power of side projects.

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