Hello! We have moved to narwhaledu.com
It was Nancy’s birthday recently and her cofounders Cappie and Hanna surprised her with a giant narwhal plushie. It’s our new mascot!
It came in a giant box
Here it is hard at work.
Here is a size reference. It’s AWESOME.
After a few days of hard work, our logo was developed.
It started out ignonimously, like this
and rapidly progressed:
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Starting today, we’ll be doing a once-weekly review of some popular homeschooling STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) resources from our perspective as three engineers from MIT and Cornell, with a bit of educational theory we’ve picked up as we think about designing our own course thrown in.
Photo by Argonne National Laboratory, Flickr Creative Commons
Our first post will be very short, a list of links (with some brief categorization) for you to pursue in your own time. These are general internet resources — in the future, we may cover more regional resources (we are local to Cambridge, MA, USA).
On the project-based learning side (also referred to as “maker” or “do-it-yourself” sites) we have some excellent sites for project ideas and tutorials. These tend to have a wide variety of projects suitable for all ages.
Sites from Museums / Public Agencies
Museums have developed some excellent resources over the years. These tend to be K-12 resources.
Here’s a screenshot from June 19, 2013. We finally got a local install of edx to work and put some dummy course content in.
We’re quite excited to be live on the internet and blogging about our progress to date.
Today, we got the robot arm to draw a narwhal! Here is a video:
and here is a picture:
We also talked to many more homeschoolers. From them we learned more about the classical homeschooling method and about conferences we might attend to promote NarwhalEDU. WE learned as well that the Edgerton Outreach Center (http://web.mit.edu/edgerton/outreach/) is well known and loved.
Hope everyone had a great fourth of July!
Send us a blank comment if you wish to keep up to date with our progress. Thanks for your support and enthusiasm!