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Becoming ludicrous: an instructional manual.

God Willin’ and the Crick Don’t Rise: Grit

I grew up in Montana.  So did my mother.  So did my grandmother and grandfather.  So did lots and lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, and so on. In the days before the Internet, Montana was a place where you and the land had a tight bond.  It wasn’t optional, it was just how it…

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What Makes a Great Game?

We are studying Game Theory this semester.  I will ask the kids again this Wednesday, but my thoughts on what makes a really great game are below.  What do you think?  (Come on now, give me something to look at in the comments besides invitations to increase body parts I don’t have.) A game is…

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Becoming ludicrous, part 2

    “What’s comin’, will come.  And we’ll meet it when it does.” – Hagrid, J.K. Rowling Two hours into what would become a ten hour, ten mile hike across over 2,100 feet of elevation, we were bouldering up a tricky spot near the falls.  Our legs and hips were thoroughly warmed up, yet we were…

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Becoming ludicrous, part 1

One day, we decided to be ludicrous.  Why, you may ask. Well, it’s because we saw this: So we decided to climb it.  Now, this is Horsetail Falls, in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  The trail begins at the Pyramid Creek trailhead, runs 2.8 miles, and is about a 1,200 foot climb.  If you were Spiderman, you’d…

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Learning about people.

If we learn about people, it’s called social studies.  But if we read and watch and discuss, and then go build things based on this, we call it play. When my boys were very young, they were obsessed with understanding patterns.  I didn’t realize at the time just how much ownership they were already taking…

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Game Theory Class!

  Register here: http://bit.ly/1JlHJVs Emily and I had so much fun teaching Combinatorics and Game Design this summer, we decided to go big, and spend a semester exploring Game Theory.  This fall, we will be embarking on a glorious exploration of games.  We will play, analyze, create, and remix; we will study them, map them, and have…

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Summer Science Camp: Combinatorics 1 & 2

Combinatorics 1 – Game and set theory Combinatorics is the study of counting, but not like you’ve counted before!  Using set theory, probability, and mind-twisting games,students will explore patterns, sequences, and problem types that make up the Field of Combinatorics so that our Artist in Residence, Emily Robinson, can help us apply these principles in…

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Making, part 2: Sugar, Salt, and Ned the Neanderthal

We start making.  We start by putting two ends of a circuit into water (very weak connection) and then saltwater (much stronger connection).  Why does this happen?  We theorize that it’s the salt, since the other components (glass, water) are the same.  How can we test it?    We decide to make salt and sugar…

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Summer STEAM = Learning and Enjoying Deeply

Masking tape is everywhere.  Paper clips, scotch tape, thick and thin paper litter the tables, and shreds of everything are strewn all over.  Some of the kids are running amok, their energy too far gone to be pent up any longer.  But a few others are laboring over their hard-won rockets, changing this little thing…

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We are hosting Maker Camp Petaluma!

Maker Petaluma @ Meadow School We are hosting Maker Camp!  We bring the supplies, you come do epic things, and (optionally) post them online!  Then you go home, inspired and fired up, and check out other people’s projects online.  Your summer will be amazeballs.  (The online portion is free and we highly recommend signing in and…

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