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Congratulations to The Leaf Peepers, winners of the November 2, 2017 Pitch of the Week (POW!) Preliminary Challenge. Team members include Cam Nguyen, a senior Computer Science major, Clarissa Osagie, a junior Biochemistry/Biology double major who minors in Creative Writing, and Nathan Sundquist, a senior Economics major who minors in Business Administration. This week’s randomly drawn prompt was comprised of beer brewing, vacuum molding machine and sticky notes. The Leaf Peepers pitched a system for custom designed vacuum molded beer bottles and kegs, using sticky notes as an easy to learn...

Tags: POW!, experiential learning
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Morgan Chivers and I each gave presentations during Library 2.017: Makerspaces online mini-conference. Morgan's presentation, "Walking the Walk: Iterative Design in Student Staff Service Learning Projects," was about student-led service learning projects for the UTA FabLab. My presentation, "Competencies-based Course Integration of Academic Library Makerspaces," was about the Maker Literacies Program here at UTA Libraries. Please accept my apologies for failing to hit my record button until a few minutes into the presentation. You can download my slides to see the couple that were missing...

Tags: Library 2.017, maker literacy, makerspaces, experiential learning
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Several of us here at UTA Libraries had the privilege of attending and presenting our work at the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, between September 24-27 2017.

Morgan Chivers presented his paper titled “Scaling the DIY Approach: Do-It-Together with Student Staff Service Learning,” discussing how he utilized real projects to train new student workers in the UTA FabLab during the expansion of the space between 2016-2017. Rather than purchasing our hardwood work tables, students built them from scratch under...

Tags: ISAM, maker literacy, makerspaces

We’ve been very busy with the usual beginning-of-the-semester rush, in addition to planning our grant work. I’m taking a quick moment over the Labor Day weekend to post an update about the partnership selection process.

We’ve narrowed our list of potential partners to five, and will make our first site visit on Monday, Sept. 11. We hope to conclude site visits in early October. From those five site visits, we will select three partners, and expect to announce our partners by the end of October here on the Thinking Outside the Stacks blog and other UTA news outlets.


Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, experiential learning, makerspaces
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[Note: This post was co-authored by Eric Olson, Jon Le and Martin Wallace]

In spring of 2017 Dr. Christoph Csallner reached out to the FabLab for projects that his CSE 3311: Object-Oriented Software Engineering students could assist with as real-world problems. Martin Wallace, Maker Literacies Librarian, and Katie Musick Peery, FabLab Director, provided Dr. Csallner the mission of the FabLab, an overview of the Maker Literacies Program, and a list of five modules currently being considered for improving the FabApp—an application created to help organize and manage day to day...

Tags: maker literacy, cse 3311, experiential learning, makerspaces, service learning