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Pathfinders Summer Institute 2024 Scholarships Available!

March 20, 2024

We are so excited to offer a Virtual Course as part of the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2024! This will be our fifth time participating, and we just love being able to share our love of invention literacy and Makey Makey with teachers!

Makey Makey blends the best of the maker world with computer science. We focus on hands-on building techniques for the ultimate in physical computing inventions.

Participants of the 2 week summer online institute (July 15th- 25th) will learn how Makey Makey works and how to integrate invention literacy into your classroom. The course starts with our plug-and-play apps and ends with programming in Scratch and Microsoft MakeCode Arcade. Participants will see the world as a construction kit by using provided materials in conjunction with items found around you to build a foundation of invention skills. At the end of this course, you will be challenged to combine your physical inventions with coding to create your own assistive technology device.

Participants will come away from this course with: 

  • The confidence to introduce students in grades 4-10 to block-based coding, circuits, and inventing using our approachable and accessible toolkit. 
  • Project and curriculum ideas to engage and inspire students of all learning styles to unleash inventive potential.
  • This course is intended for educators who want to enable students to design inventive ways to engage with their own learning through self-driven, hands-on activities that balance screentime with physical craft and construction.

    Each participant will be provided with a Makey Makey, Backpack bundle, and a kit of essential supplies. You will supply the laptop or home computer with a USB-A port or USB Adapter. (Note: Makey Makey works with any computer that accepts USB keyboard input and requires no special set up or software installation.) 

     

      If you are interested in applying for this amazing opportunity, please apply here

     

    Teachers love our summer institutes! 

    This amazing scholarship opportunity from Infosys Foundation USA allows us to spend 40 hours with teachers in the summer teaching and learning about Makey Makey and Invention Literacy. Thank you Infosys Foundation USA!

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