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September 2018 - Vinyl Cutter Workshop

Sept. 16, 2018

09-16-2018 Picture 1On Sunday September 16th UTeach Maker held its first weekend workshop of the Fall semester. Using our new Silhouette Cameo 3, about a dozen UTeach Makers were in attendance to create their own vinyl stickers. The afternoon kicked off with boxed lunches in the Step 1 classroom before moving to the workroom to learn about cutting card stock, vinyl, and other materials. After a brief demonstration from Jason on how to cut lettering and shapes for bulletin boards, UTeach Makers had their chance to design their own creation.

September 2018 - Design Thinking

Sept. 4, 2018

09-04-2018 Picture 1Welcome back UTeach Makers! On Tuesday, September 4th, we hosted our first cohort meeting of Fall 2018. It was great to see everybody well-rested and energized after the summer break. We have several new makers joining us this semester including UTeach students Christina Hull, Helena Castle, Ivy Claire, Kristiane Smith, and Kyla Kalugdan. Niaz Aziz, Austin Batson, and Derek Casares are UTeach grads currently teaching who will also be a new part of the group. That makes 24 – a big fun group!!! Congratulations to Caroline Anderson for winning the UTeach Maker Summer Challenge. She received a Chibitronics Love to Code Starter Kit as well a custom laser-engraved water bottle.

May 2018 - Maker Showcases

May 1, 2018

05-01-2018 Picture 1On Tuesday May 1st, UTeach Maker hosted out monthly cohort meeting featuring the Maker Showcases of our Spring 2018 UTeach Maker Fellows. The evening started off with an opportunity to our UTeach Makers and Mentors to share projects that have been working on in a Maker Playground. Lauren Siegel of MathHappens shared some of her laser-cut manipulative for teaching about mathematics, Alex Morrison invited people to participate in sewable project that she will be hosting at the 2018 Austin Maker Faire, Jason Harron shared 3D laser-cut art based on Voronoi diagrams, Mao Leonard demonstrated projects she has created in Scratch, Halle Herzog dazzled with her brightly colored threaded flowers, and Arami Rosales defied gravity with her magnetic levitated vehicle track.

April 2018 - Maker Showcase Workshop

April 8, 2018

04-08-2018 Picture 1 Shelly and Jason hosted a UTeach Maker Showcase workshop on Sunday April 8th to help prepare our upcoming graduates from the program for their portfolio review. About half of the current cohort were there to discuss what they wanted to include in their maker philosophy, to try-out ideas for their maker-centered lessons, and to work on designing their maker projects.

April 2018 - Micro:Bit Design Challenge

April 3, 2018

04-03-2018 Picture 1On Tuesday April 3rd, UTeach Maker welcomed everybody back to Painter Hall for our monthly cohort meeting. It was great to see everybody and hear about the progress that you have made on your maker projects and showcase. Maker Mentor, Patrick Benfield, shared with the cohort about a MakerEd Regional Summit that will be taking place May 5th at Maker Faire Austin.

March 2018 - SXSW MakerEd.Org Meet-Up

March 6, 2018

03-06-2018 Picture 2On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 Austin was a buzz with the national maker community, as MakerEd.org held their annual meet-up for SXSWEdu. The event was organized by Stephanie Chang from MakerEd.org, who also serves as a portfolio reviewer for UTeach Maker, and hosted at Magellan International School by UTeach Maker Mentor Patrick Benfield. With over 100 local and national maker educators in attendance, the presence of UTeach Maker could easily be spotted as our cohort proudly wore their burnt orange shirts.

February 2018 - Laser-Cutter Workshop

Feb. 25, 2018

02-25-2018 Picture 1On Sunday February 25th, UTeach Maker held a Design. Make. Take. workshop for participants to learn how to custom design their own projects on the laser-cutter. It was great to see 12 of our UTeach Makers in attendance. Jason Harron lead the workshop, where he taught participants how to create a custom vector drawing in Inkscape and cut or engrave it into a piece of birch playwood.

February 2018 - Tour of The Foundry

Feb. 13, 2018

02-13-2018 Picture 1Welcome back UTeach Makers! On Tuesday February 13th, seven new UTeach Makers joined our first cohort meeting of the Spring 2018 semester. We started out the evening by having our UTeach Maker Mentors travel from group-to-group so everybody could learn more about their interests and skills. UTeach Maker Fellows Aminadab Morales and Abdulkarim Bora were in attendance to give advice about completing the Maker Showcase before we all walked to the Fine Arts Library to visit The Foundry.

December 2017 - Fall 2017 Maker Showcase

Dec. 5, 2017

12-05-2017 Picture 1It was standing room only on December 5th as we celebrated our Fall 2017 Maker Showcase. Our UTeach Makers, mentors, friends, and family were in attendance to listen to our seven new UTeach Maker Fellows share their growth as makers. Split into three rooms, our UTeach Makers presented how they developed their showcase website in terms of what they have learned about maker education, their philosophy behind making, how they have been involved in the maker community, and what they had created as a maker project.

November 2017 - Helium Balloon Airship Design Challenge

Nov. 7, 2017

11-07-2017 Picture 1On Tuesday November 7th, UTeach Maker mentor Oren Connell and UTeach Maker Susan McClain hosted our monthly cohort meeting at the Ann Richards MS makerspace. Keeping with the tradition of design challenges, this year they challenged students to tinker and make an airship that they could control and fly between the workbenches in the space.