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Babblings of an aging geek in love with the Absurd, his family, and his own hubris.... oh, and Lisp.

We are Tool Makers

I am a Maker

I like to Make Things

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Making Things is Fun

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For Fun and Profit

  • Each of you will have a career
  • Some careers are more desirable than others

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Ötzi

Have you met this man?

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Who was he?

  • Lived 5300 years ago
  • Died in the Alps
  • Found in 1991

How did he die?

  • Violently for sure.
  • He had been fighting
  • Blow to the head
  • Arrow in his back

What did he have?

He had tools and weapons.

Copper Axe

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Flint Knife

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Tools and Materials

  • Quiver of arrows, not finished
  • Unfinished bow
  • Antler “tool” for sharpening
  • Tinder fungus, flint and pyrite
  • Scraper
  • Drill
  • Bone awl

Tools

He had tools.

He had materials.

He had tools to make tools.

Homo Habilis

Have you met this man?

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He Made Tools Too

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We are Tool Makers

Making tools is in our DNA

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Making Things

We make more than simple tools

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Small Things

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Big Things

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Complex Things

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Virtual Things

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I Like Games

Playing is important to youngsters. Why?

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Can we use Games?

What if you were a character in a game?

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How would your Level Up?

  • Practicing trumpet => 24 points
  • Writing English report => 56 points
  • Complimenting sister => 17 points
  • Making bed => 12 points
  • Forgetting to brush teeth => -5 points

Habitica

Habitica turns your life into a game:

  • Create daily chores
  • Write your list of things to do
  • Finishing gives you points and gold coins
  • Spend coins on your own rewards
  • Deck out your avatar

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Joining our Guild

  • We have a Computer Coding Club group
  • Our challenges are Learning to Code
  • If you complete the challenges, you can get rare gems
  • (And you learn to program)

Building is More

Don’t stop at playing games …

Making is more enriching.

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Learn to Code

  1. Start with Hour of Code (v)
  2. Course 4 on code.org
  3. Use App Lab to make smart phone apps
  4. Keeping learning and building…