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The "media center of the future" now includes vintage tech of the past!
No 21st Century MakerSpace would be complete without....
a manual typewriter?
Yes! Piedmont is now officiallly part of the resurgence of interest in typewriters, artists and young people who like the mechanical technology of them.
Students today love their smartphones and their typewriters. Many students have never seen one and when they do they love it. A generation that has never imagined the mechanical connection between pressing a key and creating an image on the page can now do just that and it amazes them just as much as we were amazed by the pc.
Typewriters are now becoming much more than they were when they were first invented and used everyday. Here is a typewriter in a symphony orchestra. And here is a prank showing a modern student using a typewriter like a laptop to take notes in class. Here was the modern typewriter of my childhood- the IBM Selectric. I wish I had one of those type balls now.
We had a real working typewriter on loan in our Piedmont Pirate MakerSpace and it was such a hitMrs. Newburger is now in the process of trying to fix a vintage one for our use.
Here is a repair video:
If you like these physics puzzlers, go to diy.org and earn the patch PHYSICIST
Why does that woodpecker peck his way down the pole? How does the sand in that hourglass flow upward? The answer, my friend, is science! Read below to discover more:
What makes the sand timer in our Media Center flow in reverse ?
Hint: you can enjoy the same concept by making something like this:
Related posts: Check out the Makerspace tag.
Interested in the hardware and circuitry that makes a computer run but your parents won't let you take apart your computer at home? We have several old circuit boards from broken computers on display in the media center.
Still interested in circuit boards? Earn the DIY.org badge Hardware Hacker
or Circuit Bender
Learn More about Malestroms or create your own Water related DIY projects
Earn the DIY Stitcher Patch by learning how to sew at home, by hand, or at school on our sewing machine in the new Media Center Maker Space:
Science Tech Engineering Arts and Math Awesomeness
You need never be bored again!
This is Ms. Gurthie's place for students at Piedmont and elsewhere to find resources to fuel their passions. Besides making fun lesson ideas for teachers, I wanted this space to provide PD for students too!