Public Files


Ukiah High School Students and teacher Patty Halpin discuss Learning by Making


Learning by Making Project Newsletter January 2019

Learning by Making Project Newsletter Fall2017/Winter 2018

James Snyder is one of three California finalists in Mathematics for Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching (September 2017)

IDC 2017 paper about Learning by Making (July 2017)

Evaluation Blog by Rachel Tripathy and Linlin Li  (WestEd) (June 2017)

Learning by Making Project Newsletter (September 2016)

Willits Weekly News Article about Learning by Making August 18, 2016

Read the blog about our work at the i3 Education site

SSU's Rising Data program builds on Learning by Making Design (July 2016)

Cominsky Receives $20,000 Wang Family Excellence Award (January 2016)

Physics & Astronomy Professor Lynn Cominsky wins two awards (January 2016)

Lynn Cominsky featured as High Energy Professor (Press Democrat 10/15/15)

Learning by Making Project Newsletter (September 2015)

Susan Wandling featured as an American Graduate Champion KRCB video September 2015

SSU and Keysight Team Up to Bring STEM Education to Rural High Schools SSU NewsCenter 8/26/2015

Learning by Making teacher Jim Snyder wins California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year Award May 2015

"New Standards Focus on How Science Actually Works" Close to Home piece in Press Democrat by Lynn Cominsky on 12/5/2014

Learning by Making Project Newsletter (August 2014)

"Learning by Making: SSU Driving $3 Million Grant for Innovations in STEM Education in Mendocino High Schools " SSU NewsCenter 2/7/14


Public Talks

"Borehole Temperatures and Global Warming" - talk by Warren Wiscombe on 11/15/14

"Next Generation Science Standards and Learning by Making progr am" - talk by Lynn Cominsky on 3/11/2015

"Introduction to Microbial Fuel Cells" - talk by Jackie Guilford on 4/25/2015

"Radiation in the Environment" - talk by Lynn Cominsky on 6/26/15


Lesson Plans

Student Directory 

Course Summary

Unit 1 - Turtle Logo

Unit 2 - Electron Flow

Unit 3 - Sensors

Experiment: Absorption

Experiment: Evaporation

Experiment: Exothermic

Experiment: Microbial Fuel Cell

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General References about Logo and Making




Papert (1999) - "Logo Philosophy"

Sheridan et al. (2014) "Learning in the Making: A Comparative Case Study of Three Makerspaces"

Halverson and Sheridan (2014) "The Maker Movement in Education"

Laverty et al. (2016) "Characterizing College Science Assessments: The Three Dimensional Learning Assessment Protocol"

Articles for Units 6-8


Lombardi et al. (2013) - "Using Model-Evidence Link Diagrams to Weigh Alternative Models in Argumentation"

Lombardi & Sinatra (2013) - "Emotions about Teaching about Human-Induced Climate Change"


2013 Proposal

Department of Education - Investing in Innovation Proposal