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Hack Your  Code-A-Pillar!

Hack Your Code-A-Pillar!

Like many other tangible tech enthusiasts, I was excited to hear about the new Fisher-Price Code-a-Pillar toy when it made its debut at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show. Over the summer the Code-a-Pillar became widely available to consumers and I was...

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Robots & Coding at SXSW

Robots & Coding at SXSW

Guess what? I’ve submitted a proposal to present at the 2017 South by Southwest educator conference ( My session is titled “Build that Code! Teach Coding with 3D Construction Projects.” The SXSW application process includes a crowd sourcing...

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Lessons from a Maker Space

Lessons from a Maker Space

Here’s my shopping list this week: Rubber bands Springs Nuts & bolts Golf tees Masking tape Wood glue Why am I shopping for such an odd combination of items? I’m purchasing supplies for a maker space. In my role as Early Childhood Coordinator at Northwestern...

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Morning Story Time

Join Ann for fun read-aloud stories at Evanston’s favorite independent book store.

Location: Bookends & Beginnings,

1712 Sherman Ave., Evanston


Saturday, July 9 & Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 am

WATG Conference

“How 3D Construction Projects Teach Coding”

Location: WATG Annual Conference
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

NAGC Conference

“Build That Code! How 3D Construction Deepens Computer Science Learning for Young Gifted Students”

Location: NAGC Annual Conference
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

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