Strange Rituals with Michael Wesch!

Today on the Table Top Inventing Podcast, we are speaking with education rock star Michael Wesch!! Michael is a professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University and is currently studying 3D game engines to capture stories which are fading from our societal memories.  We discuss video games, storytelling, rites of passage (strange rituals), maker schools and more!  Be sure to subscribe and join us for today’s episode. Listen and Subscribe: Speaking of maker schools, we will be co-facilitating on a hands-on online MakerSpace Continue reading →

The Devil in the Details

We’ve all heard the phrase “The devil is in the details.”  If the details are so bad, why are they so important?  Find out the answer and more during today’s podcast with Mark Haapala.  Mark is an Insurance/Reinsurance Consultant who pries into the business of large corporations, so he knows all about the details!  He is also active in renaissance fairs.  Mark will explain how he mixes those two worlds together and why the details matter. Subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher to have this episode Continue reading →

Igniting a Revolution – High Tech Citizen Science

[abstract][presentation resources]   Abstract: [dropcap]T[/dropcap]able Top Inventing’s Chief Maker and Resident Mad Scientist, Steve Kurti is delivering an impassioned plea at the 2015 BC Conference on Learning Technologies in Bakersfield, CA, about the importance of maker education as a catalyst for citizen science initiatives.  [dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith the rise of 3D printing and open micro-processing platforms, we now have the basic tools to create high-tech science tools. The internet and easily accessible databases allow multiple sites and individuals to collaborate on a project. Motivated high school or community Continue reading →

2015 International Consumer Electronics Show Highlights

Table Top Inventing Visits CES   This year’s International Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas, Nevada was huge with almost 300 exhibitors displaying the latest in tech innovation.  The Table Top Inventing Crew got to spend 2 days checking out all of the cool gadgets and wanted to share some of the highlights with you!   Day 1 Watch out!  TTI is here with Steve, Debby, Matthew, and Cassie ready to hit the show.   3D printed fashion was all the rage!   Continue reading →

Table Top Inventing October 2014 Newsletter

Table Top Inventing October 2014 Newsletter   A word from Steve and Debby  The folks at Table Top Inventing want to ask you, “What is the purpose of an education?”  This fall, the Table Top Inventing Crew is bringing the discussion to you with the launch of the Table Top Inventing Podcast and the TTI Educators Facebook page. Feel free to jump in and join the discussion.  We’d love to hear from you!       New TTI article in Teacher Librarian Magazine   Continue reading →

Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire, Riverside CA, October 4th

Attention all Makers!!   Our friends at VOCADEMY – The Makerspace are hosting the first ever Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire on Saturday October 4th in Riverside, CA!  This all day, family-friendly event, will showcase maker’s inventions, creativity and resourcefulness.  There will be interactive activities for kids of all ages.  Come see the amazing people and companies that make things in the Inland Empire Area! Table Top Inventing is particularly excited about this event because we helped fund the Vocademy crowd funding campaign! When: Saturday, October 4th from Continue reading →

Thousand Oaks, CA Inventor’s Bootcamp Aug. 19-22

Thousand Oaks, CA Inventor’s Bootcamp Aug. 19-22 Table Top Inventing will be holding the final Inventor’s Bootcamp of the summer, August 19th-22nd at the Lang Ranch Elementary School in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Teachers and students alike are invited to come join the fun!  Don’t miss this opportunity to add some fun and excitement to your summer! Reserve your spot today:   Check out this new video to learn more about Inventor’s Bootcamp! Table Top Inventing Podcast Want to learn more about maker education?  Continue reading →

Table Top Inventing is spreading the word about “Maker’s Ed”

Our Table Top Inventing crew has been busy the past couple of weeks spreading the word about Maker Education from Murphy, NC to Collegedale, TN!  As we head back to CA for the final bootcamp of the summer, we wanted to share some of the past week’s highlights!     Murphy, NC Inventor’s Bootcamp Wrap Up The Murphy, NC Inventor’s Bootcamp truly rocked!  We worked with a fantastic group of kids and teachers.  Check out the creative security systems the kids came up with for Continue reading →

Table Top Inventing is “Making Sense of Maker Ed” at the ISTE 2014

“Making Sense Of Maker Ed” at ISTE 2014 Debby’s Monday poster session on “Making sense of Maker Ed” at the ISTE 2014 was a huge hit!  Debby chatted with participants about the STEAM education process and how having students plan and make projects works to instill critical thinking and deeper confidence in them.  You can check out her ISTE resource page and get a link to the blinky light kits she handed out to participants at the resource link below. ISTE 2014 Resource Page   Continue reading →

Maker Educators – We need your help at the Maker Playground @ ISTE 2014

At the upcoming 2014 ISTE Conference in Atlanta, the Independent School Special Interest Group (SIG-IS) is organizing one of the many playgrounds that will be at the conference. Our playground, Maker Playground and Agile Learning Spaces will be held on the last day of the conference, Tuesday, July 1st from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  This playground will be set up to: To provide a hands-on, interactive maker’s environment for attendees to explore To create a prototype agile learning space that demonstrates “new” classroom ideas To demonstrate some of the Continue reading →


It has been a couple of weeks since I have attended the Annual CUE conference, and I’m finally having the time to process all of the learning that occurred. This was my first experience with the CUE conference, and my overall opinion of it is positive. There were plenty of options so I felt like I wasn’t going to see the same thing over and over again. I was able to find areas of education technology that interest me and offered resources to help me Continue reading →

Educating Makers: The First Step to Revolutionary Change [Resources]

[abstract][presentation resources]   Abstract: [dropcap]T[/dropcap]able Top Inventing’s Chief Maker and Resident Mad Scientist, Steve Kurti is delivering an impassioned plea at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York City about the importance of maker education as a catalyst of world change.  [dropcap]M[/dropcap]aker Education inspires the acquisition of relevant skills, collaborative learning strategies, and technical confidence. This powerful learning approach, encouraged by educational theorists, will create superior learners and ultimately a globally competitive army of innovators. The rise of consumer-focused 3D printers has strongly promoted Continue reading →

Inspired by Burgers at #NCCE2014

You never know where good ideas will come from. On the way to NCCE2014 one of those bright idea popped into my head. That happens once in a while! Inspired by the fine folks at Five Guys Burger and Fries, I decided to have index cards, markers, and crayons available at our Maker Table. We asked people to draw or write something they have made or would like to make on the cards and then we taped them up all over the booth.  They could Continue reading →


We are up here in Seattle having tons of fun hosting the #NCCE2014 Makerspace Garage! We’ve talked with some really interesting people and had the chance to learn what they are interested in. One of the coolest parts of the conference has been hanging out with the 7th and 8th graders from Amazing Grace Christian School. They are at the conference to showcase some of the cool things they are doing with technology. In between all of that, they are hanging out in our makerspace Continue reading →

Interview With 2013 CHEA Attendees

A while back Debby and Steve attended the 2013 CHEA (Christian Home Educators Association) Conference.  While Steve was there, he had a chance to interview some of the attendees.  He asked them if they’d seen a 3D printer before, what they thought of it now that they had seen one, and how they’d use it.  Steve was impressed with the different uses folks came up with.  Check out Steve’s questions and the thoughtful responses from the attendees!