Upcoming events for educators

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Educator Event:  Do You Arduino?

In collaboration with ICE-CAP / Hosted by Bit Space

Event takes place at Bit Space

Thursday, February 9th
4:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Address:  2541 W. Lawrence Ave.  Chicago, IL 60625

Phone:  (773) 654-1691

Admission is FREE.  Please RSVP through the ICE-CAP website HERE.

Do you Arduino?

Almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives involves connections between our physical world and the digital world.  We use FitBits to track our steps, sensors help us turn on faucets and flush toilets, and thermostats keep our houses at just the right temperature, but do we really understand how these technologies work?  More importantly, are we teaching kids how these things work, or are they just becoming consumers of technology rather than producers of it.
Bit Space is developing a lesson-based curriculum that will help teachers and students learn about our interconnected world using Arduino microcontrollers (and peripherals like sensors, circuits, and coding).  During our presentation on February 9th, our Guides will share with educators some of the projects Bit Space is working on here through our weekend workshops, after-school classes, and Inter-Act summer camps, as well as with our current pilot programs at a number of schools in the Chicago area.  Each attendee will also get a crash course in the basics of Arduino, and you will see firsthand how impactful this can be as part of your regular curriculum. Even better, once you get the basics down, there are many different ways to use this technology, and students can experiment and create on their own.
Agenda
4:00-4:40 - Networking
4:40-5:00 - Bit Space presentation
5:00-6:45 - Arduino project
6:45-7:30 - Networking/Socializing
*Food and drinks will be served
About ICE-CAP
ICE-CAP (Illinois Computing Educators - Chicago Chapter) is for Chicago-area educators looking to build connections with other teachers who are innovating with educational technology. We know that through socializing we start conversations, share ideas, and lay the groundwork for potential collaboration with other like-minded folks. The ICE-CAPing atmosphere is casual, informal and fun! Visit the ICE-CAP website HERE.
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Design Thinking

Professional Development: Design Thinking/Effective Making

New class COMING SOON

What is Design Thinking?  What is the methodology?  How can I use it in my classroom?  These concepts and more will be discussed as participants are led through sample hands-on projects across the Bit Space curriculum.

Is your school ready to join the maker movement?
Bit Space is here to help.

Bit Space offers everything your school needs to get involved with the maker movement.  We offer maker programs at your school, field trips to our facility, consulting services for creating your own maker space, professional development for educators, and a comprehensive curriculum to implement in your classroom.  

What is a maker lab?
A maker lab is a workshop with a broad range of tools and technologies for creating different things with a variety of materials and purposes.

What makes Bit Space unique?
Bit Space is a youth-only maker lab where kids learn how to use real tools to make real things in a fun and safe environment.  Kids can learn how to use hand tools (i.e. hammers, saws, clamps, screwdrivers), power tools (i.e. jigsaws, electric sanders, drills), advanced machines (i.e. laser cutters, 3D printers), electronics (circuit boards, Arduinos,  Raspberry Pi), and computer programming and modeling software to design and build just about anything.

What programs are offered at Bit Space?
At Bit Space, we offer programs year round for children ages 6-18.  During the school, year we have after-school programming as well as day-off, winter break, and spring break camps. In the summer, our camps are week-long, full-day projects. Throughout the year, our schedule is filled with workshops, birthday parties, and other special events.

How can my school work with Bit Space?
Bit Space partners with schools in a variety of ways.

After-School @ School - We bring our pop-up woodworking shop or computer lab to your school.  

Field Trips
– Bring your class to Bit Space for a fun and interactive experience.

In-School Visits – It’s like having a field trip without leaving the classroom.

Special Projects – Our Guides will work with your students on projects specializing in construction, computer programming and modeling, and design thinking.

Professional Development – Get expert, hands-on professional training from our Bit Space Guides to learn skills and techniques to bring projects to life in your classroom.  

Consulting – Do you want to start your own maker lab at your school?  We can help with assessment, design, construction, professional development, curriculum, and implementation.   

Curriculum
– Bit Space is developing its own curriculum to be used in the classroom.  The project-based lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.