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A team from UTA Libraries is leading a pilot study comprised of six library makerspaces from across the country to investigate the effectiveness of early-stage maker-based competencies in undergraduate learning, stemming from work developed by a UTA Libraries task force. The Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum project is funded by a $49,800 National Leadership Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Go to UTA News to read the full press release.

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Congratulations to The Fearless Scarecrows, the grand champions for Fall 2017 Pitch of the Week! Team members include Divyanshu Sharma, a junior Computer Science major who minors in Mathematics, Whitney Adindu, a sophomore Nursing major, and Subrat Parajuli, a sophomore Electrical Engineering major who minors in Sustainable Engineering. This week’s randomly drawn prompt was comprised of Journalism, Drone and vinyl sheets. The Fearless Scarecrows pitched their Drones361 service, offering to send aerial drones into war-ravaged or natural disaster-stricken locations to provide news and health...

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I am happy to announce that we have successfully chosen our partners for the IMLS grant-funded Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum pilot study. It was a lengthy process, and a hard choice given the amazing selection of academic library makerspaces that we had to consider, each of which had some unique quality that made them stand out from the others.

Lucky for us, we had enough left over from our travel funds to invite a fifth partner, making six total universities that will be participating in this exciting pilot program in the spring semester.

Tara Radniecki...

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Congratulations to The Common Pheasants, winners of the November 16, 2017 Pitch of the Week (POW!) Preliminary Challenge. Team members include Hailey Phillips, a freshman Biology major who minors in Biochemistry, Mehul Jain, a junior Computer Science major who minors in Mathematics, Sameer Ingavale, a senior Business Management major who minors in Entrepreneurship, and Rahul Dwivedi, a sophomore Mathematics major who minors in Business. This week’s randomly drawn prompt was comprised of child care, scanner and bricks. The Common Pheasants pitched IMPRINT, a system for automatically calling...

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Congratulations to The Fearless Scarecrows, winners of the November 9, 2017 Pitch of the Week (POW!) Preliminary Challenge. Team members include Divyanshu Sharma, a junior Computer Science major who minors in Mathematics, Whitney Adindu, a sophomore Nursing major, and Subrat Parajuli, a sophomore Electrical Engineering major who minors in Sustainable Engineering. This week’s randomly drawn prompt was comprised of Dance, Arduino and glass shards. The Fearless Scarecrows pitched their Automated Dance Academy. The Fearless Scarecrows will advance to the final round of POW! to be held on...

Tags: POW!, experiential learning