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The UTA Libraries' Marketing and Communications Team created a really great video to highlight a few apps that UTA FabLab student employees have developed to help our makerspace run more smoothly. The 3-minute video was featured at the recent ISAM 2018 conference!

Not mentioned in the video is that Dr. Christoph Csallner's CSE 3311: Object-Oriented Software Engineering students have assisted with development with the FabApp for the last three semesters as part of a service learning assignment, under the leadership of Jon Le, FabLab Graduate Assistant, and Eric Olson, FabLab...

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

Though I was unable to make it to the conference (insert sad face emoticon), I want to thank Katie Musick Peery, Morgan Chivers and Tara Radniecki for presenting the paper we co-wrote for ISAM 2018. The paper provides a summary and preliminary findings from our IMLS-funded Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum program over the 2017-2018 academic year. We discuss the program overview, our partner selection process, makerspace-course integration, measuring competencies, and implications for makerspace staff and librarians.  Gretchen Trkay was also a co-author, but like me she...

Tags: maker literacy, ISAM, IMLS

We discovered this really awesome student-made video that highlights Charles Gray's ART 4392 Contemporary Portraiture project. Maybe if he sees this post he'll give us a holler! ART 4392 participated in the Maker Literacies program in fall 2017.

We look forward to seeing his follow up video and finished painting.

Tags: maker literacy, art 4392, experiential learning
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Over the last year I've been busy with our Maker Literacies IMLS-funded pilot program Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum and unfortunately have had little time to post to our blog. Now that we've come to the end of the pilot, I truly plan to remedy this with exciting new content!

The grant team will be spending the summer conducting our analysis and writing our report to the IMLS. I've got some preliminary analysis to share in this post, and will post more over the summer as our results begin to gel. By the end of September 2018 we will have launched an official...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, experiential learning
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Congratulations to Tricia Boucher, Texas State University, and Kristina Krengel, Birdville ISD, for their outstanding performance in the Pitch of the Week (POW!) contest at Texas Library Association Annual Conference! Their team, The Pop Culture Homages, came up with the idea for the “Beat Box Blender Bar,” a method for creating mixed drinks from a set of three remote-controlled blenders that create musical beats. As you make music using the wireless remote controlled blenders, you also mix drinks! (at least, I think that was the idea!)

More about POW! at TLA 2018, including the...

Tags: POW!, experiential learning, TLA2018