UTeach Maker - Current Cohort

Current Cohort

Caroline Anderson – Chemistry (Noyce Scholar)

Many typical public school classrooms tend to follow a curriculum that lacks hands-on aspect to learning. Making in education is combating that style of teaching by providing students with the ability to learn by doing.

Caroline's Maker Showcase

Niaz Azeez– STEM (Inservice Teacher - St. Dominic Savio HS, Noyce Scholar)

Making to me means the ability to make physical touch-and-feel versions of anything I can imagine or visualize. It gives incredible power and freedom to make anything without being limited by what is already available commercially. It allows me to personalize it to suit my own taste and imagination, do it myself, without being dependent on anyone else, and it allows me to be able to inspire and enable others to harness this power.

Niaz's Maker Showcase

Austin Batson– Biomedical Engineering (Inservice Teacher, Glenn HS)

Allowing students to have positive and genuine experiences with Making helps them develop in many ways. Not only are students putting what they have learned into action, but they are also learning important skills such as teamwork, tenacity, design iteration, and how to deal with failure.

Derek Casares– Physics (Inservice Teacher, Del Valle HS)

While it's great to learn problem solving from word problems, Making can allow an entirely different path that allows students to see that they do have the capability to use their knowledge to solve problems.

Helena Castle– Biology (Noyce Scholar)

Making is the ability to work with your hands, expand your mind, and try new things -- all without the fear of failure. Making is an unlimited world that can be explored to create anything under the sun and beyond.

Helena's Maker Showcase

Ivy Claire– Biology

Making is a creative science which involves the designing, fabricating, inventing, remaking, upgrading, innovating, and tinkering done by Makers. Making is for the Maker. Anyone and everyone with an imagination can be a Maker!

Ben Duong – Mathematics (Noyce Scholar)

Making is a tool that gets me excited about innovation, and testing something new. It has no limits on whom it can inspire, and what we can do with it. It's an activity that failure is accepted and encouraged because it helps you as a person. It is not stuck with one group, age, or gender, but it something that everyone can do.

Ben's Maker Showcase

Marrisa Fujarte - Chemistry

Making is very important in education since it teaches students in a different way. I think making is a good way for students to learn critical thinking skills. I think students should learn that math and science can be used in our everyday lives.

Marissa's Maker Showcase

Cassandra Gonzalez – Public Health

The purpose of Making in education is to steer away from conventional ways of learning and put the process of discovery in the hands of the students, regardless of their background, who are offered the resources and opportunities to create, build, and produce.

Cassandra's Maker Showcase

Jennifer Gonzalez – Architectural Engineering (Noyce Scholar)

Making should help with self-expression. Students should be comfortable with making mistakes. The point is to make those mistakes count by learning from them and becoming a better student and learner.

Jennifer's Maker Showcase

Halle Herzog - Mathematics

I feel Making is the future of education. Currently our education system is disadvantageous to students who do not learn well in the traditional way. Adding Making into education allows those students other ways to learn and show what they have learned. Making also builds confidence in students.

Halle's Maker Showcase

Christina Hull– Biochemistry (Noyce Scholar)

Making creates a space for students to explore their own ideas and creativity, increasing interest as they take command of their own learning. It is an opportunity to empower students and allow them to develop a sense of agency and that they play a part in shaping the world around them.

Christina's Maker Showcase

Kyla Kalugdan– Mathematics

Making is a way to physically see into one’s mind. Light is shined on the hidden capabilities of an individual, allowing both sides of the brain to work together. The best part is that everyone has their own mind filled with original ideas, so each project becomes unique and personal to the maker.

Kyla's Maker Showcase

Mao Leonard - Mathematics (Noyce Scholar)

Making is a way for people to showcase their personalities and individualism. No two people are exactly alike. For example, one person may only see a piece of wood for what it is, but another may see it as a material for a wooden sculpture. People want to show the world what is important to them. They do this by creating something that they are proud of.

Mao's Maker Showcase

Susan McLain - Degree Holder - (Noyce Scholar)

I think that the purpose of Making in education is to foster a really important growth mindset in students. They won't make their project perfectly the first time, but they can keep improving, learning, and gaining confidence.

Susan's Maker Showcase

Garrett Mott - Physics- (Noyce Scholar)

Making is an educational tool used to engage students’ minds and imaginations. This hands-on approach will let students push boundaries of their imaginations and knowledge. Education is no longer just reading and memorization. Making breaks through the barrier between the classroom and the real world.

Garrett's Maker Showcase

Jessica Nguyen - Chemistry- (Noyce Scholar)

While there are probably various reasons to implement Making, I think one of them is to empower students. There's something about going through trial and error and eventually succeeding at a task that builds confidence and solidifies learning. I personally think that being able to experiment with my hands and my brain is really fun, and I think many others feel the same way.

Jessica's Maker Showcase

Arami Roasles - Physics (Noyce Scholar)

The purpose of integrating Making into the classroom is to show students, who might otherwise not have access to Making, that STEM is exciting and engaging. On top of that, I think Making will show students that STEM is not limited to the traditional science and technology fields many believe. Maker education is amazing because it allows students to be creative and use all of their passions to solve problems.

Arami's Maker Showcase

Maisha Rumman - Biology (Inservice Teacher, Del Valle HS)

To me, making means being able to embrace this uncertainty by using creativity, play, and dedication to come up with a product. Making means being able to ask “why” --”why didn’t this work? What can I do to fix it?”

Maisha's Maker Showcase

Viyang Shah - Physics

Making can be used as a tool to inform students of the big ideas of the generations before them along with giving them the ability to think on the level of people in their generations who can apply those ideas and work on them.

Viyang's Maker Showcase

Kristiane Smith– Biology

Making means to me the ability to have students use their strengths to explore and discover that they can accomplish new things. Making means asking why and how things work and discovering different answers to these questions.

Blaze Utz – Physics (Inservice Teacher, Stony Point HS)

Making and the DIY movement as a whole represents the ability for regular people with no official technical expertise to build and modify devices to suit their specific needs. It gives the maker a kind of ownership over the things they use, and the confidence to fix what is broken. It also connects them to a large and growing, yet personal and close-knit community of people just like them, from whom they can learn and grow.

Blaze's Maker Showcase