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  1. Carrie Tzou
  2. http://openstemresearch.org
  3. Associate Professor
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. University of Washington Bothell
  1. Megan Bang
  2. Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University of Washington, University of Washington College of Education
  1. Philip Bell
  2. http://education.uw.edu/people/faculty/pbell
  3. Professor of Learning Sciences & Human Development
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. University of Washington College of Education
  1. Ashley Braun
  2. Digital and family learning librarian
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Seattle Public Libraries
  1. Sara Marie Ortiz
  2. Native Education Program Manager
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Highline Public Schools
  1. Daniel Rother
  2. TinkerTank Manager
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Pacific Science Center
  1. Amy Twito
  2. Informal Learning Program Manager
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Seattle Public Libraries
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Robotics and e-textiles backpacks for family learning

NSF Awards: 1516562

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

In this video, we highlight a program called TechTales, a collaboration between the University of Washington, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Public Libraries, and Native American-serving organizations in the Pacific Northwest. In TechTales, nondominant families engage in engineering learning through storytelling, robotics, and e-textiles. At the center of the design is the recognition that all learning is cultural, and that all families and family members come to the workshop space with deep expertise around their own histories. As families animate their stories through robotics and programming through Scratch, they engage in playful and creative interactions, connecting relations and stories (stargazing, eagle relatives visiting, returning to Africa to reunite with family) with contemporary technologies (LEDs, motors, sensors), and they identify and explore new (or prior) interests while developing new competencies in multiple disciplinary forms of work (art, computer science, electrical engineering, and robotics).

 

  

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