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The authors William & Malinda have several books available in an extensive range of genres. Their interest and experience include Design and Visual Communication, Academic Papers (e.g. Literature Reviews, Research, Essays, and more), Sustainable Architecture, Animation and SketchUp (Architecture), and Model Making (Sustainable Architecture). They have many interests and love arts and crafts. They write from their experiences and passions which includes, Illustrated Children’s’ Books, Fiction for Young Adults, Interior Design, Papermaking, Spiritual (Christian Genre), Leadership, Biographies, and much more. Free recipes are available for download! See the Shop Ebooks section for all the different categories and the large range of ebooks.

 

Alternatively, all the ebooks are available on the following platforms:

EDUCATION PRODUCTS (IN PROGRESS)

The authors also have a passion for creating STEM project-based learning resources. They are in the process of preparing three educational resources for sale to teachers, educators and parents. These products will also be available in bulk to schools. A two-week delay can be expected when large quantities are ordered (more than 5 kit sets). The authors are assuming large volumes to be sold at the beginning of 2018. Please place your orders early! Contact lillavz@xtra.co.nz for more details regarding larger orders.

STEM (PROJECT-BASED) PRODUCTS: FUN-DOUGH CIRCUITS, PAPERMAKING, AND POP-UP GREETING CARDS CIRCUITS. 

With the exponentially rapid development of technology in society it is the responsibility of teachers, educators, and parents to introduce students to the basics of electricity, and slowly introduce students to the programming of computer components (e.g. microprocessors). In simple terms, educating primary and secondary school students to move from computer ‘clickers’ to digital designers (e. g. learning simple C-code programming). This may sound daunting. However, these resources are developed for everyone – specifically for beginners (including teachers with no prior knowledge). The resources start off with the basics of electricity – while having fun – like simple electrical circuits; it then develops into to computer coding. The resources are produced with the novice and beginner in mind. That includes teachers who have no idea about electric circuits and computer coding (low voltage – microprocessors). Ebooks are specifically prepared by the author (experienced Technology and Design and Visual communication teacher) to go with the products to assist teachers and students. These books/instructions/ideas are available on this website at a meagre cost. The resources also cater for those students who are quick-learners and wants to do more. Ideas and alternative projects/extensions are included to challenge these students.

PRODUCT KIT SETS – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2019

These kit sets are being prepared for the education market and will be ready by the middle of February 2019. The products are being developed at the very moment (Jan – Feb 2019) with the Digital Technology Curriculum in mind. New Zealand’s new Digital Curriculum rolls out the year throughout all primary and secondary schools (Year 1 to Year 13).  The products and ebooks are prepared for a global market and all the different countries around the world could benefit from these resources. It has a very high component of integrated learning included with all the relevant aspects of sustainability, global citizenship, and taking social action, and more included.

The kit sets can be used with groups of students of about 3 to 4. The packaging is designed, so all the parts are well organised (plastic containers with compartments) which makes storage and handling easy. As a teacher, William knows how vital it is that resources are in containers which allow seamless, continuous, quick distribution of the parts and components. The efficient management of resources is well thought through. Teachers, parents, and educators will have no problem storing and taking in the resources on a daily basis. Books by the authors are available to go with the resources. These resources are instructional, proving ideas, and making links to important educational concepts like global citizenship, sustainability, integrated learning, business and entrepreneurship, to name a few. The ebooks include images and many links to YouTube videos for teachers and students.

FUN-DOUGH CIRCUITS

Instructional ebooks and kit sets are available to parents and teachers/educators. Students are challenged to explore the different electric and electronic components included in the collection. Students create (sculpt) 2-D or 3-D models which have a low (safe) current of about 3 to 6 volts that activated the different components. These components include batteries, switches, LED lights, buzzers, electrical motors and more. A recipe to prepare the play dough is included – just add a colouring agent to complete. A salty dough conducts the low flow of the current. A sugary dough inhibits the flow (insulator).  Students explore the basics, and then they are challenged to create their sculptures, electrical circuits, and mechanical parts (movement). See the video as an introduction to the basic circuitry.

3-D fun-dough sculpture examples:

IMAGE: Little Monster. Fun-dough Circuitry. See the white and green LED lights on the top of the head of the little monster. The blue dough is the conductor relaying the electrical current to the LED lights. Credit: The Hactory – Squishy Circuits @ The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University – flicr.com. https://www.flickr.com/photos/thehacktory/8570617386.

IMAGE: Dragon sculpture. See the black and red wires connected to the yellow dough (main body) and the wing of the dragon respectively. The positive and negative wires are pushed into the conductive dough. The blue LED light on the back of the dragon will lit up when the batteries are switched on.  Credit: Squishy Circuits @ The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. https://www.flickr.com/photos/thehacktory/8570617482

MORE ADVANCED SCULPTING EXERCISES (MULTI-MEDIA AND USING ADDITIONAL SIMPLE HAND TOOLS)

More advanced sculpting exercises using multi-media and materials are an option with these kit sets. Mechanical and engineering challenges – electrical motor, pulleys, and drive belts (elastic). Sardine can (car), fun-dough (dog), bottle tops (wheels), and skewers (axles), Imagine what is possible? Think about using a hot glue gun. Think about adding electrical components and circuitry. The kit set will provide all the basic components and the ebooks will inspire teachers, parents and students to be innovative and creative. What a fun way to learn!

IMAGE: Dog in Sardine-Can-Car. Here the student will be challenged to include an electric motor, a pulley and driving belt (elastic). Only the dog and car is shown here. Please note the components mentioned in this annotation is not shown – imagine what is possible by using components from the kit set? The small electric motor, via the pulley and elastic driving belt, will provide the movement of the car. LED lights could be included to the front and back of the car. A buzzer could be installed to provide sound. Can you think of anything else to add? Credit: pixabay.com

Now think about:

  • Researching timelines for toy design.
  • Telling creative stories individually or collaboratively. Building confidence by speaking in front of the class.
  • Creative writing – making children’s illustrative books (photographs of sculptures).
  • Could a microprocessor (simple microchip programming) be installed? It will be able to make the LED lights flash to specific time intervals. For example, Arduino Uno the very basics of microprocessor programming. The unit plugs into the computer. The software is open source (free) – extremely user-friendly.

IMAGE: Arduino UNO. Microprocessor programming unit. Credit:  Mathias Houngbo.  Flickr.com

 

PAPERMAKING & PAPER SCULPTING: Organic components are included for students and educators like papermaking. This is the ideal opportunity to discuss sustainability, the environment, waste management, and more. The kit sets include for example papermaking from recycled materials. To take the papermaking one step further, think about combining the books created with the paper with electrical circuits. Step 3, think about writing a compelling story (fiction or non-fiction) to accompany the story.  This is the perfect STEM project to teach many different things (Integrated Learning). See the artist May Babcock talking about different types of paper here:

Just to give some background see the video below on traditional papermaking. Think about the possibilities of making small or large books (fiction/non-fiction/poetry). The for creative writing skills of children and students could be developed! Inspire those aspiring authors. Love calligraphy? Extend activities and lessons with calligraphy and learn to create links.

This website sells papermaking frames with ebooks (instructions, ideas, concepts). Additionally, electrical circuits are included using adhesive copper tape, LEDs lights, buzzers, movement, and more. The resources start with the basics of papermaking and then moves beyond the ordinary into paper sculpting (including circuitry) and other exciting ideas. The ebooks include lesson plans, ideas, concepts that could be developed or custom designed for a specific age group (primary and secondary school student). Resources are available in bulk to teachers and educators. However, it is also highly suitable for parents who want an extravagant experience with their children.

POP-UP CARDS WITH CIRCUITRY: Using the paper made from recycled paper (papermaking frames sold here), the lessons provided here in the ebooks, offer infinite possibilities to lesson development and unit plans for STEAM projects. The resources sold on this website includes similar materials, components and ebooks with instructions and ideas as seen in the next video on pop-up cards. The focus is on organic/sustainability, and much more. For example, small seeds are provided to include in the papermaking. So cool! See the excellent video on creating pop-up cards with circuitry below:

Develop children and student’s innovation and creativity skills with hands-on projects!

SIMPLE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS AND BASIC ELECTRONICS: The term ESSSTEAM explains the intention and gives an overview of the content of these kit sets and lessons/resources. The ESSSTEAM term comes from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) project-based education. ESSSTEAM additionally includes creative writing ideas (English) embedded in the projects, research from a Social Sciences perspective (e.g. Timelines), Science (e.g. electrical circuits), Technology (Picaxe/Arduino Uno/Strawberry Pi – microprocessors – programming), Engineering (e.g. exploring mechanical components), Art (e.g. exploring different media like Watercolours/soft pencil/acrylic paints/and more), and Mathematics (e.g. calculating simple phenomena).

See the video on Picaxe using Blockly – easy to use programming software:

E-Books and Education Products are available for teachers, educators, students, schools, parents and caregivers. Resources focusing on Digital Technology, Sustainability, Global Citizenship, Integrated Learning, taking Social Action, and more. STEM E-BOOKS: Lesson plans, lesson ideas, lesson concepts, includes projects (kit sets) for sale.

STEM KIT SETS FOR SALE: Fun-Dough Circuitry, Paper-making, and Pop-Up Card Circuitry.

EBOOKS FOR SALE:  Includes instructions and additional ideas. FOR THE TEACHER AND EDUCATOR: Ebooks include references to integrated learning, global citizenship, taking social action, entrepreneurship (e.g. selling greeting cards), engineering, circuitry, basic computer programming (microprocessors), and more.

Regards

Camilla

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