Welcome to the STEM-U Sewing Up Science Workshop. This blog will provide a tentative outline of the activities you will be working on throughout the week. I have created this blog on WordPress. I would like you all to create a blog of your own to create a lasting artifact that you will be able to refer back to during the busy school year. My entries will also continue to be available for your reference.
Last spring I taught a full semester course called Craft Technologies in the Instructional Technologies and Learning Sciences department. I have been living in Logan for a year now. Before starting my doctoral studies, I was an elementary science teacher in Brooklyn for 8 years.
Today we are going to be working with paper circuits and squishy circuits. In addition, we will be getting everyone up and running with WordPress on your new tablets. You will notice that these devices might be a little slow, but as teachers we all know how to make the best of the materials we are provided. I have created a blog entry with my NuVision tablet on how to make our first project of the day, which is a paper circuit enhanced name tag. I have found that it is best to have the camera over expose for the light for nicer looking images, below is an example.
These are screen shots to show how to access the exposure control. Touch the circle to the right of the blue dot. Then click the +/- icon (not pictured) and then click +3 or +2.
After lunch we will work with our squishy circuits and finalize blog entries for the day. This page from the creators of our squish circuit kits provides videos showing how to make conductive and insulating doughs. They have additional information on safety precautions and how to apply Ohm’s law. Thank you Dr. AnnMarie Thomas and the Playful Learning Lab at St. Thomas University for developing and sharing these materials. http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/