On Sunday, September 15th, UTeach Maker partnered with SEU to host this first weekend workshop of the Fall semester. Thanks to gracious funding from the Powell Foundation students from St. Edwards and UT Austin had the chance to build and create together. The workshop started with dinner and conversations, providing students from different programs time to get to know each other.
The workshop focused on computational tinkering and storytelling with light logo. UTeach Maker Mentor, Patrick Benfield, led a hands-on, minds-on session that started by introducing students to background information on Seymour Papert and the development of logo. He then helped students get started with the Arduino and neo pixel ring. Students then worked in teams to program their neo pixel rings with Arduino to create a personal light show.
Patrick and workshop facilitator Stefanie Nguyen from St. Gabriel's Catholic School Makerspace circulated and helped makers develop their unique creations. At the end of the activity, students shared insights gained from working with the technology and discussed possible applications to their future classrooms. We look forward to our continued work with SEU and are excited to collaborate with them at our October weekend workshop.