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Monday, January 21, 2013

Invention Convention & Quotes on Learning

Invention Convention!

One of our local museums has this yearly event. My husband's company gets involved in the tinkering room, where kids can take apart electronics and see what's inside.


“Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” ~ Paulo Freire


 "Look at all the....technologies!!'
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“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ~ Albert Einstein

 Dad and the big boys volunteered to cart away pieces that could be recycled after tinkering.


“Any child who can spend an hour or two a day, or more if he wants, with adults that he likes, who are interested in the world and like to talk about it, will on most days learn far more from their talk than he would learn in a week of school.” ~ John Holt
They really enjoyed working with their Dad's coworkers and seeing engineers make quick work of what would take them more time to disassemble.

 Then, it was over to the inventor tables, loaded with creative items to spark invention.


“Skill to do comes of doing.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process...the independent scientist in the child disappears."  ~ John Holt

 Then, they received their "patents," certificates of invention.

A keyboard launch pad and rocket
"Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners." ~ John Holt


 On the way out, the kids got to see the inside workings of a jeep. We all agreed that this was a great event and a reminder of how much learning excitement happens outside the classroom.



2 comments:

Julie Plemons said...

So fun. I wish there was some place like that around here!
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Mara said...

Looks like a very engaging adventure for all those involved!