Current Cohort

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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.

Lucas Best (Electrical Engineering)

Making means giving tools to your students to allow them to be creative in the classroom. Especially as a future engineering teacher, making is essential in the classroom, as the MAKING is what makes engineering fun and interesting, as well as rewarding.

Jeremy Boyle (Mechanical Engineering)

Making combines creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration into a mindset that challenges one to innovate, iterate, and build on the ideas of others. Making empowers students to learn organically. Making gives greater autonomy and agency to the student, enabling them to learn through a project of their own choosing and passion.

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.

Hannah Chapa (Chemistry)

For me, making means putting together anything that someone can think of and allow their idea to be tangible for others to see and explore. Making in education is the opportunity for students to be able to make sense of their ideas and subjects in STEM and apply that to real life.

Shayli Chen-Troester (Exercise Science)

Making to me is the expression of oneself. Making allows us to intertwine our personal interests with those related to more technical things. Making is a way to get individuals actively involved in their own learning and reminds us all of how the creation of innovations is a constant and ongoing process. Making gives students creative freedom and tools to help build solid foundations and promote explorations into different fields.

Katherine Del Cairo (Physics)

Making plays the role of advancing the intellectual ability of the students. It allows students to put to use their perspectives and experiences in observing the world around them to create something not yet thought of before.

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.

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.

Christine Hui (Degree Holder)

Hands-on experience and a full understanding of the manufacturing process are important for innovators to create a viable design. With that experience, the students can think and plan more broadly, and acquire knowledge that is not in the books.

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.

Angela Lopez - Chemistry

Making means creating a unique learning experience by implementing hands-on activities. It sets up a fun learning environment for the students and allows them to be the creators and inventors.

Cristella Mendez - Public Health

Making is the choice I make when I know I need something original and fresh. It is this wholistic unruly thing that is original to me. Making is an essential thing that is needed in order to make cross-connections between things we are familiar with and things we don’t understand.

Charlene Mitchell - Biology

I see making as a way to step away from black and white and step into a world of color and creativity. I see making as creating something out of nothing; a way to materialize an idea and make it real.

Karina Moreno - Biochemistry

Making allows students to think creatively and experience information in ways that encourage discoveries. It also encourages analyzing ideas and refining them at different points while working. I love making all kinds of artifacts. I find that when I am making I think about the subject on a whole different level and am constantly thinking about how/why the artifact is a good model.

Aleka Neptune

Making is a hybrid of creating and building. Making is the fulfillment and embodiment of imagination and involves exploration. Making allows for some personalization and ownership of classroom instruction which is appealing to students and encourages their curiosity and critical thinking.

Andy Nguyen - Mathematics

Making means to be able to craft a passion for creativity in my life, adding layers onto an experience that I had in my engineering and creative writing classes. Making helps break the boundaries of being traditional.

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.

Sofia Piperno (Neuroscience)

Making is the process of creatively constructing something for use (personal, scholastic, professional, etc). Making is not only restricted to the classroom but can also be implemented everywhere to make the experience more interactive. Making helps students better understand concepts and creates an interdisciplinary opportunity for students to express their creativity.

Alberto Porras - Mathematics

Making is the process where the teachers shape the minds of students to be problem solvers, In making, students take the issues of today and use their knowledge and other resources to create solutions for them.

Cindy Rodriguez (Physics)

Making allows students to showcase their knowledge and skills to make something they will find useful and can feel proud of. By making, students are learning how to use their creativity and knowledge and will allow them to feel like creators.

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.

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.

Luke Theivagt (Neuroscience)

Making is the culmination of hard work, inspiration, and creativity of an individual or group put into physical form. What I love most about making is that anyone can observe the world around them and use ordinary objects or items and put them together to create something entirely new and different. I believe that the pride and feeling of accomplishment from using one's hands to make something new on its own is incredibly empowering and important for a student's success.

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.

Justice Warren (Computer Science)

Making means finding a way to bring creativity and innovation into the classroom to diversify learning and provide unique opportunities for education. Different students learn in different ways and making is a doorway to creating tools that help students learn.