The Tech Explorations Blog

Articles about technology, learning, and making from Peter and guest bloggers

Course Drones News

Make an Open Source Drone – course update #2

In the previous update about the open source drone course update, I explained the reasons behind we decided to do this work, and talked about the progress at that point. I am pleased to...
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Arduino Education News

Arduino Bootcamp for Teachers now enrolling for May 2018 cohort

The Arduino Bootcamp for Teachers is now in its third month of operation! The Bootcamp is a fast-tracked program in which teachers can learn the skills needed to be able...
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News Project Question Science Technology

Join us in the Tech Explorations Maker Club

"Making" is not just about technology and gadgets. It is mainly about community. It is about the people in that community, who are motivated to use technology and education to...
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Education

What tools should I use in my STEM class? 5 rules to help you select

Because STEM has such a broad context, many different kinds of tools and resources can be used. A quick search on the web for “STEM tools” will return millions of...
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Education

What are some of the teaching materials that are available in the Bootcamp for teachers?

We have designed our Arduino Bootcamp for Teachers to support two main objectives: Fast paced, outcome driven learning aligned with our Learn-Test-Do method. Ensure that the graduate teachers can take...
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Education

What is a Bootcamp and how is it different to a self-paced course?

Bootcamps originated in the military and fitness contexts. Such bootcamps provide training with specific outcomes. They can be about learning how to overcome an obstacle course, navigate through terrain without...
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Education

What is learning through doing?

Inventors are revolutionaries. They change the way we live by solving everyday problems. Their inventions are proof of what is possible when the mindset and way of thinking goes against...
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Education

A STEM teacher’s technical competence is important – but not only for the reasons you may think

Continuous professional development is always in a teacher’s to-do list. New evidence-based pedagogical methods, new tools, new curriculum requirements, policies for helping students with special needs, and so much more,...
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Education

Do teachers need a technical background to be able to teach STEM?

Some of the best teachers I have met, had no formal training in the core STEM disciplines before they became involved in STEM education. It is common for teachers who...
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Education

What is STEM education? Why should teachers be interested in it?

In a simplified model of how the world works, we have technological advancement that feeds social, economic and political change, which in turn feeds back into more technological advancement. Myriads...
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