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

Ben Duong – Mathematics (Noyce Scholar)

Making is a tool that gets me excited about innovation, and testing something new. It has no limits on who 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

Payton Crawley - Mathematics

I believe that making is the primary purpose of education, so by including making in a curriculum, students can explore more ways to solve the problems they see in their world. By being good makers, students are also learning how to thrive in society. They learn to find creative ways to innovate, and they can learn to do so as a group working together.

Payton's Maker Showcase

Krystal Evans – Mathematics (Inservice Teacher, Connally HS)

Making gives students ownership over their learning. It is the best expression of creativity and creative thinking, and is a release for your inner need to manifest your thoughts and ideas. It gives a purpose for learning.

Krystal'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 used in our everyday lives.

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.

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

Mao Leonard - Mathematics

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

Kira Lowry – Science (Inservice Teacher, NYOS Charter School)

Making is a way to solve problems through creation. When practicing making you are able to improve your critical-thinking skills by engaging in a hands-on solving mechanism. Makers are able to approach any problem with the idea that it can be solved, it just takes a bit of creativity and tinkering.

Kira'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.

Garrett Mott - Physics

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

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.

Ayesha Qadri - Biology

Making is practicing and building upon your knowledge by taking your curiosity a step further and reinforcing it into something tangible. Making is what humans can do best, and that is the legacy we leave behind. To me, making means transforming an idea or a thought into reality by producing it and using it to benefit those around you.

Arami Roasles - Physics

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 Portfolio

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

Sarah Spitler - Mathematics

To me, making is about independence. I've always felt it's better to make something yourself than pay someone to make it for you. Not only is it more fun, but you can learn a lot by making things yourself. The Maker movement provides an opportunity to apply technology and engineering design to that spirit of independence.

Sarah's Maker Showcase

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

Kaixi Wang - Aerospace Engineering - (Noyce Scholar)

Making means expressing creativity by any hands-on project. This can include 3-D printing, sewing, machining, and so much more. Making in education is vital because it applies what is learned in the classroom to something that a student can physically make. It helps build problem solving skills as well as a sense of accomplishment.

Jerry Yang - Electrical Engineering

Making, to me, means applying innovation and creativity to bring something to life. Whether it is to solve real-world problems, produce artifacts for the classroom, or simply build a work of art, making provides a way to explore technology and express myself in a different and unique medium. By making things, I find new outlets to express my interests and my passions.

Jerry's Maker Showcase