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Around the World with the 8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab

In 1999, Seymour Papert, the father of educational technology, embarked on his last ambitious institutional research project when he created the constructionist, technology-rich, project-based, multi-aged Constructionist Learning Laboratory inside of Maine’s troubled prison for teens, The Maine Youth Center. As Gary Stager shares in our book, Invent To Learn: Making,

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Seymour Papert – Father of the Maker Movement

Dr. Gary Stager was invited to write a profile of his friend, colleague, and mentor Dr. Seymour Papert for the premiere issue of Hello World!, an impressive new magazine for educators from The Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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Unconventional Wisdom About the Maker Movement

Dr. Gary Stager wrote a feature story for District Administration Magazine’s special report on “makerspaces.” The report is available in eBook format for tablet and desktop computers.

“It’s not a fad, you don’t needto break the bank, and your teachers are really creative.”

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A School Resource for STEM, Science & Making

The MiddleWeb website is a great website for middle school resources. Anne Jolly just wrote a terrific article about the new book, Making Science: Reimagining STEM Education for Middle School and Beyond, published by CMK Press.

Perhaps you’re also interested in the “making” movement and using making in your STEM lessons.

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Invent To Learn now available in hardcover

3d-invent-to-learnYou asked, we made it happen — Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom is now available in hardcover.

Check for the hardcover edition at and other online retailers. If you need to purchase with a PO or in volume,

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Software installation during Gary’s workshop intro

Please install the following free software on your laptop or iPad while Gary begins his workshop.

Mac or Windows

Please download and install the Hummingbird Robotics Kit Birdbrain Robot Server. It acts as an ambassador between the external Hummingbird controller and SNAP! in your browser.

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Tips for Architects from Maker Educators

Dr. Gary Stager created a new guide, Tips for Architects from Maker Educators, for an upcoming panel discussion at the Association for Learning Environments 2016 Regional Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

In addition to the light, acoustic, aesthetic, and comfort considerations central to good space design,

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Reverse engineering for 3D printing – at any level

Here’s a quick thought experiment. Take a look at this article, “Reverse engineering for 3D Printing: Replicate, Replace & Improve Real Parts!” If you are using a 3D printer in a school, you may be on the lookout for practical articles that help explain how to tease the most learning out of your new cool technology.

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News from the world of making

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