Monthly Archives: May 2011

Mixing Different Kinds of Blocks

I tend to be on the neat (read OCD) side and I will, many times, ask my son to clean up one set of toys before starting a new one.  I have seen, in the past, that he will often … Continue reading

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Take Aways From Tufts Conference

Here are some sketchy “take away” ideas from the Tufts conference. Having a clear problem definition is key in determining direction of lessons and how much “thrashing” students do at the beginning of the engineering project. How do we to … Continue reading

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Video Analysis of Science Thinking

My workshop today was to really  time looking at kid’s science and engineering thinking and work.  Couple of things I noticed: 1)  In many cases, the problem was not as clearly defined as the teacher thought, which resulting in kids … Continue reading

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Authentic Engineering Drawings

At the Tufts Lego Engineering Symposium, we were assigned the task of making a drawing of a device that could hover in a vertical wind tunnel powered by a fan.  After time ran out, we were told that the we … Continue reading

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PK Art

I have been following the progression of Aidan’s artwork with interest.  There seem to be distinct phases, presumably related to fine motor abilities, as well as other art/brain specific development.  He seems to have made a big jump this week … Continue reading

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