UTeach Maker - Current Cohort

Current Cohort



Phillips Adebayo– Chemistry

Making to me means giving students the creative freedom to demonstrate their knowledge of science and mathematics by constructing a project that is personal to them. I feel the most essential part is that these maker projects are personalized, meaning students will be more willing to learn and work through obstacles to reach their final goal.

Phillips' Maker Showcase (coming soon)

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

Erica Barnett– Biology

Making teaches students how to apply new concepts by designing something that reflects their passion. Making allows students to practice thinking innovatively so that they can go out into the world and be future inventors who make major contributions to society through their designs.

Erica's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

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.

Austin's Maker Showcase

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.

Derek's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

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

Connor Dillon– Mathematics

Making is the opportunity to share what is important to you. It gives people the opportunity to showcase their interests and abilities in a community of like-minded people. I do not believe Maker can be defined in one sentence. Instead, I believe it is something that is different for every person and is dependent on what each individual hopes.I believe Making is an outlet for students to show their skills that otherwise might not be recognized within the classroom.

Connor's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

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

Jean Feeser – Physics

The pride of developing an idea into a finished product is one of the greatest feelings I have experienced. Making can provide students that meaning and take them outside of the traditional classroom. They will learn to think critically, apply their knowledge, and develop confidence in their abilities. That’s because Making thrives on failure and students will learn that setbacks can be learning experiences. Students will see that you don’t need to be a science prodigy in order to tinker, experiment, build, create, solve, and make.

Jean's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

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.

Cassie's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

Juliet Goodfellow – Mathematics (Noyce Scholar) (Maker Social Media Lead)

Making is a way for students to discover things for themselves, or see how something works by a physical model rather than through a verbal lecture. It is what I think leads students to visualize the most important things about each objective learned.

Juliet's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

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

Garrett Mott - Physics- (Noyce Scholar) (Maker Social Media Lead)

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

Shirley Nguyen - Human Development (Maker Volunteer Coordinator)

To me, making is the freedom to create or design something however you want to. The choice to make something through specific instructions or through your own experiences and intuition is completely yours to decide.

Shirley's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

Tuyen Nguyen - Biology

Making is an ultimate form of self-expression, using passion to drive self-made projects that best expresses the individual..

Tuyen's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

Arami Rosales - 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

Jose Sabido - Chemical Engineering

Making is an umbrella term that constitutes the activities of making an imaginary concept real. Makers think of a product that they want to make, and they use technology to make that product a reality. Making also means sharing your ideas and learning from what other people have Made. In alignment with the theory of constructivism, as students Make, they engage with the concepts on a deeper, more intimate level, and they also discover how what they learn inside the classroom can be used to solve problems.

Jose's Maker Showcase (coming soon)

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.

Kristiane's Maker Showcase