my team and i will be conducting a workshop at the inaugural FabLearn Australia on the 3rd of July :-)
our workshop is entitled Tapping into the learner’s sixth sense: using open-source hardware and software.
as my team’s work in this area is gathering momentum, i would like to take this opportunity to brand our work Maker Motes :-)
we are very grateful to God for this opportunity to share our work Down Under.
here is the abstract - do join us in Melbourne if you are able to :-)
This workshop describes a multi-disciplinary approach to a curriculum designed to help learners develop their graphicacy and data literacy in authentic ways (the ‘M’ in ‘STEM’). Local environments and micro-climates are complex systems which novice learners may initially find challenging to understand. Using datasets derived in real-time from their own school campus, learners are potentially able to interrogate the data in ways which would be contextualised to their own local knowledge of their school (the ‘S’ in ‘STEM’). The resulting analyses would therefore be more meaningful to the learners, as their own nascent preconceptions and intuitions about (say) factors influencing the local micro-climate around the school would be more easily surfaced and dialogued about. The datasets are generated from a wireless mesh of remotely connected sensors placed around the school campus, potentially at sites determined – at least in part – by the learners themselves (the ‘T’ in ‘STEM’). In turn, the sensors are designed and assembled using readily available open-source hardware and software, such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino (the ‘E’ in ‘STEM’). An example of such a sensor will be shown during the workshop, including details of ways in which they can be made rainproof and be independently and efficiently powered by long-lasting batteries.