Tinkering about Thinking about Seymour

“You can’t think about thinking without thinking about thinking about something.” – Seymour Papert

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Recent Computational Tinkering Experiments

Earlier this month, Nicole and I traveled to the MIT Media Lab for the 2016 Scratch conference. At the event, we led a workshop on scratchpaper and shared some of our recent experiments around computational tinkering.


Scratch@MIT 2016

Last week, Nicole and I traveled to MIT for the biannual scratch conference and spent a few extra days sharing ideas and prototyping with our friends at the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Media Lab.


Developing Scratchpaper Workshop

Nicole and I will be leading a tinkering workshop at this year's Scratch Conference at the MIT Media Lab. We've been experimenting with different ways of incorporating scratch programming and computational thinking into some of our tinkering workshops. As we've been preparing for the workshop, we've focused on paper circuitry as a interesting way to investigate some of these topics.


Scratch Storytelling

Last week we hosted Ricarose Roque from the Scratch team at the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. She visited last January and we spent some time trying out programming, incorporating scratch into chain reactions, and working on a monster mash activity with visitors.


Circuit Stickers from High-Low Tech

Wanted to repost a new cool innovation from Jie Qi from the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab. We've been working lots with paper circuits and have found that the trickiest part seems to be attaching the lights to the copper tape. Jie and her group has developed an easier way to make those connections with what looks like sticky backed components that easily attach to the copper creations. It looks like they also give you a way to attach microcontrollers to paper circuits as well.


Marshmallow and Spaghetti Challenge

For the first assignment in our online Learning Creative Learning course we were tasked with creating a structure that could support a single marshmallow as high as possible. Our constraints included both a limited palette of materials (20 spaghetti sticks, one yard of masking tape, and one yard of string) as well as a time limit of only eighteen minutes for building. We divided up into two teams of three and started to work furiously on the challenge.


Drawdio After Dark

Last night at After Dark: Music And Creativity we set up some experiments with music created by electrical resistance. One of our favorite iterations of this idea is Drawdio made by former artist-in-residence Jay Silver from the MIT media lab.

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