Snow Day at IDC, FabLearn, and WiPSCE
The Snow Day Learning Lab has had a busy summer and fall beginning new projects and presenting work across the globe! Nathan presented findings from the first Bots for Tots implementation to an international group of researchers this June at the Interaction and Design Conference held in Manchester, UK. The paper for this presentation can be found on the publications page.
This summer, Sam and Nathan engaged in co-designed with a teacher partner to create a new version of the Bots for Tots project which is being implemented in two new locations and contexts throughout the Fall. We’re looking forward to gaining new insight into how “building for others” is taken up by diverse learners at an all girls private school and a local after-school maker club.
In addition to Bots for Tots news, two Snow Day doctoral students have been presenting their own work to rave reviews in the Computer Science and Maker communities! Marleen won a coveted “Best Presentation” award for her work-in-progress paper presented at WiPSCE in Münster, Germany. This paper explores designs that engage learners in the practices of comparing and contrasting programmatic solutions in her game CodeStitch. Sam presented her work on Little Builders at FabLearn 2016 at Stanford University. Her presentation highlighted the value of leveraging human-centered design for engaging young makers in highly personal and meaningful constructionist projects. Both presentation papers can be found on the publications page!
Snow Day Learning Lab's Newest Alumni
As the academic year comes to a close we congratulate Snow Day Learning Lab members Anna Pizarro, Ben Riggs, Sawaros Thanapornsangsuth, Evin Watson, and Fang Yi on completing their Master of Arts in Instructional Technology and Media!.
This year saw many exciting developments in the lab including the first run of our Bots for Tots program and the first semester of the Tools and Toys for Knowledge Construction course at Teachers College. We also initiated new collaborative efforts around CS education as well as the design and development of novel construction and production tools. Snow Day members developed a number of new projects including Space Age Scavengers (a board game for tinkering with mathematic principles), E.T. (a robotics kit for exploring empathy), the GoGo Board Toolkit (a storybook and kit that allows parents and children to co-construct with microcontrollers), CodeStitch (a digital game for "coding" knitting patterns), and many others!
And this summer Snow Day members will be presenting work at various conferences and starting a handful of new projects. If you find yourself in NYC, come join us in the lab!
Snow Day in Bangkok? Constructionism 2016
Holbert and Thanapornsangsuth traveled to Bangkok Thailand to present a variety of work conducted by the Snow Day Learning Lab at Constructionism 2016. Holbert presented a poster on early findings from the Bots for Tots projects and participated in a workshop with Carina Girvan, Celia Hoyles, Chronis Krynigos, and Richard Noss on research methods for studying learning in constructionist environments/design. Thanapornsangsuth presented a poster on her GoGo Board storybook toolkit as well as a poster on her work with Little Builders engaging Thai children in engineering and design.
For highlights of the conference be sure to check out the twitter stream using the conference hashtag (#constructionism2016) or the official conference account (@construct2016) written by our own Thanapornsangsuth!