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August 2020 - Summer Maker Meetup

Aug. 4, 2020

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Tuesday, August 8th was our final remote summer meetup. We talked about maker strategies for starting the school year and participated in a sensory team-building activity to highlight how physical materials can help bring concepts to life. A great August event!

July 2020 - Summer Maker Meetup

July 7, 2020

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Tuesday, July 7th, was a second remote meetup of the summer. At this meeting, one of our graduates led a Joy Scavenger Hunt and one of the master teachers from the UTeach program walked our makers through a tutorial on how to make and create classroom activities with Nearpod.

June 2020 - Summer Maker Meetup

June 2, 2020

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Tuesday, June 2nd, was the first UTeach Maker remote summer meetup. At this meeting, we set a summer agenda, shared resources for teaching with a social justice lens, and engaged in at home origami activities presented by our own Jean Feeser.

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October 2019- Designing a Makerspace Classroom

Oct. 14, 2019

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On Tuesday, October 8th, UTeach Makers participated in our second cohort meeting of Fall 2019.The cohort meeting was lead by UTeach Maker Teaching Fellow, Kira Lowery, and current UTeach Maker, Phllips Adebayo. The two innovative educators demonstrated how to set up and use a classroom makerspace.

December 2018 - Programmable Snow Globe Workshop

Dec. 9, 2018

IMG_0723 copy On Sunday 12/9, UTeach Maker joined with students from Topper Teach at St. Edwards University to create programmable snow globes using circuit playground technology. A grant from The Powell Foundation made this partnership possible. Students from both programs worked together all afternoon making their unique creations. From snow globes featuring Wonder Woman and The Hulk, to those featuring Rudolf and Santa, each was a unique and personal creation.

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December 2018 - Maker Showcase Presentations with C3 Summit Guests

Dec. 4, 2018

12-04-2018 Picture 1On Tuesday, December 4th, UTeach Maker was proud to showcase the work of three new UTeach Maker Fellows at our Fall 2018 Maker Showcase. Members from the UTeach Maker Consortium, made up of representatives from Boise State University, University of Houston, and West Virginia University, along with Stephanie Chang and Jakki Spicer from the Maker Ed Initiative were in attendance for the event. 

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November 2018 - PATCHR.io Workshop - Part 2

Nov. 18, 2018

11-18-2018 Picture 1On Sunday November 18th, Eric Schneider, founder and CEO of PATCHR.io was back for the second part of the create your own printed circuit-board (PCB) workshop. After the first workshop, UTeach Makers uploaded their PCB designs that were created in PATCHR.io. Over the past month Eric and his crew reviewed the designs for errors and milled them on their Bantam Tools desktop PCB milling machine.

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November 2018 - Collaborative Lesson Planning

Nov. 6, 2018

11-06-2018 Picture 1We had a great turnout on Tuesday, November 6th for our monthly UTeach Maker cohort meeting. The theme of the month was Collaborative Lesson Planning to think about ways that maker-centered lessons could be developed for mathematics, science, and engineering classrooms. Lauren shared an example of a laser-cut wheel that could be used to help teach trigonometry identities.

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October 2018 - PATCHR.io Workshop - Part 1

Oct. 21, 2018

10-21-2018 Picture 1On Sunday October 21st, Eric Schneider, founder and CEO of PATCHR.io was in-house to teach how to create printed circuitboards (PCBs). This workshop took making with electronics to the next level by introducing the software and skills needed to make a custom circuitboard with LEDs that blink and fade. Eric provided numerous examples of circuitboard that could be worn as badges or pins, such as french fries with yellow LEDs or a light-up Christmas tree.

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October 2018 - Textile Workshop

Oct. 2, 2018

10-02-2018 Picture 1On Tuesday, October 2nd UTeach Maker met at Ann Richards Middle School for Young Women Leaders for a textile workshop that focused on sewing and embroidering. We had over 30 people in attendance for an evening of learning how to hand embroider, use sewing machines, and automated embroidering machines. The evening kicked-off with dinner and a chance for makers and mentors to check-up to find out what has happened over the first month of school.