More Microbit Part 1

I had a brief post about the Micro:bit back in early September but I wanted to go into some more detail about the board and what you can do with it. is still a great source for the Micro:bit and all of the accessories I'll talk about today - and they also have some great video tutorials for learning about the bit and the extra kits.  Here's the site:

The Micro:bit Go Bundle is a great start, it costs only $16.50 and you get the bit, USB cable, and battery pack with batteries.  Prices on Amazon are a bit higher so I'd recommend buying from Sparkfun.

Once you have the bit you can start programming at the Micro:bit site,  Actually, you can start programming without the bit, since the site provides a very good interactive simulation of the board.  Once you're at the site, choose the Let's Code option from the menu bar.  If you are new to programming you can then choose the JavaScript Blocks Editor.  You…

Dr. Sumner's Workshop Power Point on Geometric Algebra

This is a link to Dr. Sumner's workshop Power Point on Geometric Algebra using historic examples.

Tessellations and Tinkercad

This is a link to a video tutorial on using Tinkercad to design tessellations.  Once you've designed your tessellation you can export the file for 3D printing. 

     This looks like a very interesting website with several posts on Tinkercad, tessellations, and 3D printing.  Here is the link to the site home page:

ARDUINO Workshop Materials

The link below will open a PDF file for the Arduino presentation.

Using Vernier Sensors to Align Mathematics and Science - Dr. Sumner's Presentation

I've linked a PDF copy of Dr. Suzanne Sumner's workshop presentation on using Vernier Sensors to align Math and Science.  Suzanne provides several good examples and helpful links.  To see the presentation, click here.

Power Point From Hummingbird Workshop

I've posted a PDF of the Hummingbird Workshop Power Point here: Hummingbird Workshop
The Power Point has a number of links to helpful documents and tutorials on the Hummingbird workshop as well as some ideas for using the boards for SOL activities and lessons.

TeacherGeek STEM Check: A quick guide for real STEM activities

TeacherGeek is an online site for Makerspace/STEMLab materials, components, activities, and ideas.  I'll be doing a post just about this site in the next week or so, but they also provide an excellent guide for determining if your STEM activity is really STEM, allowing for a lot of student creation and innovation, or an activity that simply has students following a set of instructions.  The guide is available on their website under the Documents and Videos tab, but I've provided a link to the PDF here as well:  TeacherGeek STEM Check