TED Resident Fawn Qiu designs fun, low-cost projects that use familiar materials like paper and fabric to introduce engineering to kids. In this quick, clever talk, she shares how nontraditional workshops like hers can change the perception of technology and inspire students to participate in creating it.
- “Technovation is a competition for girls in middle and high school that seeks to build and support the pipeline for girls in technology. The program is about more than technology, though.
- “Made with Code and Starbucks are showing young women the creative ways code comes to life.”
- “mother-daughter coding program, Apps and Snacks. The coding workshop was designed to introduce girls and their mothers (or older supportive woman) to programming in relaxed environment.
- “Connection properties Parent gear #: Axle connection: Connection angle: Gear properties Number of teeth* (N): Pitch diameter* (D): Diametral pitch (P):”
- “Box Designer Give us dimensions and we’ll generate a PDF you can use to cut a notched box on a laser-cutter. Check out this example box design.
- “PBL planning and implementation is not a simple, linear process. Readers should keep in mind that some of these “steps” can occur simultaneously as the reality of the messiness of learning
- “One of the absolute most popular pieces of equipment in our makerspace is the laser cutter, but many are nervous about getting started on it because the design process feels overwhelming.
- “Learn ridiculously fun engineering projects. Free. Hundreds of video tutorials. All under 5 minutes.”
- “Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers.