What is Open Hardware?

Open hardware is a category of devices, often very small and inexpensive, that are licensed so that users are able to use, copy, and adapt them however they want. The hardware design, along with any driving software, are typically all released as an open-source package. Although open hardware is not as well known as open software, there are several promising open hardware projects (e.g., Arduino, FreeRunner), in which users share information about how to build their own boards with the possibility of adapting or modifying them to specific user needs. The wide availability of small, low cost sensors such as accelerometers; GPS; pressure, temperature, and humidity sensors; cameras in a variety of spectrums; and even more, makes open hardware a very promising and inexpensive way to both innovate and teach concepts with real-world applications.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • This technology is excellent for showing how hardware works. By making their own hardware and programming it, they may learn how all the devices they surround themselves with work. We are surrounded by technology today, and we all need to have some degree of understanding to make informed choices. - jostein.kvisteroy jostein.kvisteroy Sep 17, 2013
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on Norwegian K-12 education?

  • It would be a good addition to the STEM education. Especially to show pupils how STEM is used in practice. An example is a competence objective in the norwegian curriculum regarding electronic communication systems. - jostein.kvisteroy jostein.kvisteroy Sep 19, 2013
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • This area is related to Lær Kidsa Koding http://www.kidsakoder.no/ aiming to teach kids programming skills as a basic fact of life (much like I had to do petit points, clay making and wood work - in my school days). Current activity takes place outside school curriculum - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 29, 2013
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