UTeach Maker Fellows & Showcase Examples


Phillips Adebayo (Chemistry, Noyce Scholar) -Fall 2019

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.
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Kyle Albernaz (Chemistry, Noyce Scholar) - Fall 2017

Making means bringing creativity into the sciences. Growing up, it always seemed like there was a strict dichotomy between creative types and logical types. Those that were driven by logic went into the sciences, and those that created things went elsewhere, or went into the sciences without the intention of utilizing that creativity. The maker movement has shown me that I can have meaningful learning experiences in logical subjects while also feeling fulfilled in my creative side. To me, making means bridging the gap between different types of people to foster a new community of learning.

Caroline Anderson – (Chemistry, Noyce Scholar) - Spring 2019

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.
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Paige Arneson (Biology) - Spring 2017

Making in education is about empowering. Making provides students with an opportunity to take ownership and make a product they are proud of, with the potential of interweaving multiple disciplines. Making allows students to think critically and problem solve.

Niaz Azeez– (STEM, Inservice Teacher - St. Dominic Savio HS, Noyce Scholar) - Fall 2019

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.
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Abdulkarim Bora (Physics, Noyce Scholar) - Fall 2017

Making means bringing your imagination to life. We tend to underestimate ourselves and what we can accomplish, but if we put together our minds and are willing to learn new skills, we can go from being novices to experts. Making allows people to explore activities like sewing, 3D printing, constructing, and more. The most exciting part is that anyone can be a Maker and their creative project is their own.
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Derek Casares– (Physics, Inservice Teacher, Del Valle HS) - Fall 2019

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.
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Payton Crawley (Mathematics) - Spring 2018

I believe that making is the primary purpose of education, so by including making in a curriculum, students can explore more ways to solve the problems they see in their world. By being good makers, students are also learning how to thrive in society. They learn to find creative ways to innovate, and they can learn to do so as a group working together.

Connor Dillon - (Mathematics) - Fall 2020

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.

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Ben Duong (Mathematics, Noyce Scholar) - Spring 2019

Making is a tool that gets me excited about innovation, and testing something new. It has no limits on whom it can inspire, and what we can do with it. It's an activity that failure is accepted and encouraged because it helps you as a person. It is not stuck with one group, age, or gender, but it something that everyone can do.
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Krystal Evans – (Mathematics, Inservice Teacher, Lockhart HS) - Spring 2018

Making gives students ownership over their learning. It is the best expression of creativity and creative thinking, and is a release for your inner need to manifest your thoughts and ideas. It gives a purpose for learning.
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Mirna Gonzalez (Chemistry, Noyce Scholar) - Fall 2017

Making means innovation. People can try new things while they are making something and in the process they could improve on a preexisting invention, or create something new altogether. There is also no right or wrong in this process so there is the freedom to try anything. Not only is making innovative in the resulting products, but also in the fact that it is interdisciplinary. It is a way of combing math, science, and engineering but also incorporates a creative element.
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Amy Gross (Curriculum and Instruction) - Fall 2017

Making is a way to bring knowledge to life, engage students, and create meaningful experiences. Making represents creativity in teaching and learning and it creates a novel experience that forces students to be present and active in class. Making can create pride in one's work with the potential to have a tangible product that students can walk away with.
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Halle Herzog (Mathematics) - Spring 2019

I feel Making is the future of education. Currently our education system is disadvantageous to students who do not learn well in the traditional way. Adding Making into education allows those students other ways to learn and show what they have learned. Making also builds confidence in students.
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John Langdon (Post Baccalaureate) - Fall 2017

Making is about making technology work in the real world; turning ideas into prototypes, then making prototypes work better. It gives students practical confidence and hands-on experience with trial and error success - the key element of engineering.
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Mao Leonard (Mathematics, Noyce Scholar) - Spring 2019

Making is a way for people to showcase their personalities and individualism. No two people are exactly alike. For example, one person may only see a piece of wood for what it is, but another may see it as a material for a wooden sculpture. People want to show the world what is important to them. They do this by creating something that they are proud of.
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Kira Lowery (Science, Inservice Teacher, NYOS Charter School) - Spring 2018

Making is a way to solve problems through creation. When practicing making you are able to improve your critical-thinking skills by engaging in a hands-on solving mechanism. Makers are able to approach any problem with the idea that it can be solved, it just takes a bit of creativity and tinkering.
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Susan McLain (Degree Holder, Noyce Scholar) - Fall 2018

I think that the purpose of Making in education is to foster a really important growth mindset in students. They won't make their project perfectly the first time, but they can keep improving, learning, and gaining confidence.

Garrett Mott (Physics, Noyce Scholar) - Fall 2020

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.
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Aminadab Morales (Physics) - Fall 2017

To me, making is a revolutionary tool that can be used to supplement so much of the knowledge we teach our students. It is a way to apply the in-class knowledge to something you can put your hands on.
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Ayesha Qadri (Biology) - Spring 2018

Making is practicing and building upon your knowledge by taking your curiosity a step further and reinforcing it into something tangible. Making is what humans can do best, and that is the legacy we leave behind. To me, making means transforming an idea or a thought into reality by producing it and using it to benefit those around you.
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Miriam Reyes (Biology) - Spring 2017

Making is anything that involves hands on creation, whether it be digital or physical. The purpose is to encourage the application of knowledge, as well as to get students' minds stimulated and working on solving problems.
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Arami Roasles - (Physics, Noyce Scholar) - Spring 2019

The purpose of integrating Making into the classroom is to show students, who might otherwise not have access to Making, that STEM is exciting and engaging. On top of that, I think Making will show students that STEM is not limited to the traditional science and technology fields many believe. Maker education is amazing because it allows students to be creative and use all of their passions to solve problems.
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Maisha Rumman - (Biology, Inservice Teacher, Del Valle HS) - Fall 2018

To me, making means being able to embrace this uncertainty by using creativity, play, and dedication to come up with a product. Making means being able to ask “why” --”why didn’t this work? What can I do to fix it?”
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Kristiane Smith (Biology) - Spring 2021

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.

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Hannah Spock (Biochemistry) - Spring 2017

Making is a great cross-curricular tool which relies on many skills, depending on the project. My favorite aspect is the potential for creativity and artistic expression, followed closely by the need for incorporation of "shop" skills and technology.
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Blaze Utz – (Physics, Inservice Teacher, Stony Point HS) - Fall 2018

Making and the DIY movement as a whole represents the ability for regular people with no official technical expertise to build and modify devices to suit their specific needs. It gives the maker a kind of ownership over the things they use, and the confidence to fix what is broken. It also connects them to a large and growing, yet personal and close-knit community of people just like them, from whom they can learn and grow.

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