Learning Technologies Center

The Learning Technologies Center is an applied educational research and development center of the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Our mission is to support informal science learning through creative and meaningful applications of classic and emerging technologies.

Take a look at the LTC history

Through our work LTC has developed an engineering-design continuum to support our mission:

Play » Tinker » Make » Engineer »

This continuum is supported by a pedagogical approach to develop resources and environments that support the facilitation of inquiry moving into design experiences for learners

Inquiry » Design » Engineering Design

In the News

Goo platform consisting of Goo Engine – a 3D JavaScript gaming engine entirely built on WebGL/HTML5 – and Goo Create – a visual editing tool running on top of the engine. For inspiration, check out this video tutorial on how to create an interactive scene in Goo Create.

futureworksuponus:

Edith Ackermann came to class today. I could listen to her talk all day long. She was dropping knowledge bomb after knowledge bomb, and I think I caught about 10% of it. Hopefully some of my notes make sense or there is a video of the session. For now, here is this lecture from the Walker for you to enjoy. Shout out to the Science Museum of Minnesota early on in the talk!

The offline version of Scratch is now available to try out. Its a beta version so it might be buggy - but you should try it out and use their feedback forum for any issues or bugs you might find. There will be a version for Chromebooks but that will come out after testing on the current form. Go here to download:
http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download

The offline version of Scratch is now available to try out. Its a beta version so it might be buggy - but you should try it out and use their feedback forum for any issues or bugs you might find. There will be a version for Chromebooks but that will come out after testing on the current form. Go here to download:

http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download

Paper Generators: Harvesting Energy from Touching, Rubbing & Sliding (by DisneyResearchHub)

Interesting and beautiful programmable waterfall. (via Science Museum of Minnesota - Shimmr Glittr)

(Source: youtube.com)

The Double-edged Sword of Pedagogy: Instruction limits spontaneous exploration and discovery
But “teaching without curriculum” does not mean spontaneous, free-form classrooms or simply “leaving the child alone.” It means supporting children as they build their own intellectual structures with materials drawn from the surrounding culture. In this model, educational intervention means changing the culture, planting new constructive elements in it and eliminating noxious ones.
— Seymour Papert, Mindstorms 2nd edition, 1993. (via futureworksuponus)
Years ago, I was running a workshop at a conference introducing a creativity technique to museum professionals….
The evolution of the science museum:
Once resources for the scholar and serious student, science museums are now dedicated to public education. But just how institutions define and meet their educational goals is a continuing story.
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