Current Cohort

Fall 2018 UTeach Maker Cohort Picture

Phillips Adebayo – Chemistry (Noyce Scholar)

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.

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.

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.

Erica Barnett– Biology (Noyce Scholar)

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.

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.

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.

Jean Feeser – Physics (Noyce Scholar)

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.

Trey Fisher - Mathematics (Noyce Scholar)

Making is a way not only for teachers to creatively teach but more importantly for students to show they understand what they've learned in a creative way. Education and knowledge become applicable, fun, and personal.

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.

Ana Garcia - Mathematics

Where will leaders and innovators come from? Will students just follow dated rules and instructions from the past and not create change? With making, a student is encouraged to identify a problem and solve it his or her own way which could use a totally new process not yet thought of.

Juliet Goodfellow – Mathematics (Noyce Scholar)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marcus Manverse - Biology

Making is the process by which knowledge and skills from a variety of fields, such as computer science, the arts, music, science, etc., come together to create entirely new ideas or projects that are based on the freedom to express yourself and your own personal experiences. Future careers will be based on having a variety of talents so introducing making to students via allowing them to blend skills will help them prepare for the future.

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.

Shirley Nguyen - Human Development

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.

Tuyen Nguyen - Biology

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

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.

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.

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.

Kennedy Tham (Neuroscience)

The purpose of Making in education is to show students that they can be contributors to society. Bridging the gap between what is taught in the classroom to how it can be applied in the real world, Making provides an opportunity for each and every student to use his or her gifts, talents, and creative ideas to create a product that may benefit the community at large.

Gwen Udy - Mathematics (Noyce Scholar)

Making encourages students to be deeply engaged in both the content and their own learning processes. Making allows for the integration and expression of individuality through the creation of a product. Students are able to tell their stories through their own understanding and application of technology and content material. By allowing students to tailor their products and creations according to their own experiences, interests, and challenges, students are given greater control over their education.