A Maker Glossary for Vermont Afterschool Conference 2014

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Toy Hacking with Jeff Branson of SparkFun Electronics in the U of Vermont Fab Lab

Enjoy this “Maker Glossary”  created for educators participating in Make, Create, Hack + Engineer at this year’s Vermont Afterschool Conference

 

STEAMy Stuff! Make, Create, Hack + Engineer
Jenn Karson, Vermont Engineering Initiative + Vermont Makers
A daylong immersion in hands-on STEAM activities with time for reflection and explorations in design thinking for educators and staff working with youth grades 4-12.

GLOSSARY

  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering + Math
  • STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + Math
  • Maker: People of all ages who make things!

Vermont Makers STEAM Modules
(Developed in 2014 with support from  Vermont Libraries and Makers Spark a Culture of Innovation, a program funded by the Vermont Community Foundation and the University of Vermont).

Communities and places for Maker and STEAM education

Newsletters and Documents:

Terms:

 Tools you might find in  Fab Lab, Hacker Space or Maker Space:

 

You are welcome to use this glossary on your own website. If you do, please credit vermontmakers.org and link back to us. Thanks!

Seven Events this Fall

Here we are in September and it feels great! There’s excitement in the air now that school is back in session, we’re feeling high off of the successful production of 28 STEAM programs for Vermont libraries this summer, and weather in Vermont continues to be gorgeous!

Seven events this fall


1. Things ramp up starting with the South End Art Hop.

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2. Vermont Code Camp is a full day event that brings together technology community members, students and profes

sionals from around Vermont and beyond. In 2013, there were sessions on a variety of software topics including programming, databases, web, business and more.

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9am - 6pm
Where: Kalkin Hall at the School of Business Administration on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, VT

 

3. Keynote address by Neri Oxman: Material Ecology: A New Approach to Nature-Inspired Design & Engineering

2014 George D. Aiken Lecture

Hosted by the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

UVM Ira Allen Chapel
Parking available in the Gutterson Garage after 3:30pm

The speaker:

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Neri Oxman combines breakthroughs in materials science (such as 3D printing) with design principles found in nature. Imagine a skyscraper made with concrete that can breathe and grow and “think,” or a chair that moves with your body.

More Information

4. Just two days later it’s Champlain Maker Faire!

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5. Vermont Tech Jam

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Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25

Memorial Auditorium, downtown Burlington — Free Admission

Looking for a tech job in Vermont? Want to scope out the local start-up scene? Then mark your calendar for the 2014 Vermont Tech Jam.

This two-day job fair and tech expo will gather dozens of Vermont’s most innovative companies and organizations all under one roof. It’s an opportunity for job seekers, career changers and students to talk with recruiters, participate in panel discussions and other programs, and find out about educational opportunities available right here in Vermont.

 

6. Vermont Afterschool Conference – We are offering a train-the-trainer daylong session. Join us!

  • STEAMy Stuff! Make, Create, Hack + Engineer
    Jenn Karson, Vermont Engineering Initiative, Vermont Makers
    A daylong immersion in hands-on STEAM activities with time for reflection and explorations in design thinking for educators and staff working with youth grades 4-12. Conference and registration information

 

7. Critical Making Discussion

We also have started a discussion about Critical Making that will likely continue in small groups. We’ll have more information about that soon.

 

 

 

 

Join us for late summer programs…plan for the fall

Save the Date!

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Neri Oxman
A new approach to Nature-Inspired Design and Egineering

Thursday 10/2/14
Ira Allen Chapel
Sponsored by UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences | Aiken Lecture Series
Learn More

Things to do and start in August….

Break it! Build it!

Through  September 13, 2014
Burlington City Arts Center

Break It! Build It! is an exhibition focusing on artists who embody the DIY spirit. Artists in the exhibition break, crush, destroy, and manipulate everyday objects to build, invent, and create their work.  Artists Included : Christopher Abrams, Colin Brahmstedt, John Cohn, Maxwell Cohn, Eric Hall, Beatriz Herrera, Ken Howell, Jenn Karson, Keegan Kuvach, Kristin Rogers

Critical Making Discussion

Wednesday August 20th @ 6:30pm
Burlington City Arts Center

Join artist Jenn Karson and BCA curator DJ Hellerman for an open, community dialogue about Critical Making and Burlington’s place in bridging the gap between creative physical and conceptual exploration.

Call For Makers!

Exhibit at Champlain Mini Maker Faire. Open until August 10.
Learn More

In The News:

Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio
Noon and 7pm, August 7

Vermont Edition will interview Doug Webster of Champlain Maker Faire and Jenn Karson and Ken Howell of Vermont Makers about the Vermont maker movement. Makers all around the state are encouraged to phone in!

Across the Fence, UVM Extension 
August 12, 2014, 12:10 pm on WCAX
Featuring “Toy Hacking” from this summer’s “Vermont Makers and Librarians Spark a Culture of Innovation”

Across the Fence is the longest running daily farm and home television program in the country. Across the Fence is a 15 minute program produced by University of Vermont Extension. The program airs weekdays at 12:10 pm on WCAX TV, Channel 3.

Vermont Libraries and Makers Spark a Culture of Innovation

Late summer programs
Please preregister with participating libraries. There is a limit of 20 participants per workshop.

Program descriptions at STEAM-e-ZINE

Aldrich Public Library

6 Washington St, Barre, VT 05641
(802) 476-7550

  • Creative Creatures: August 8, 1-4pm

Castleton Free Library

638 Main St, Castleton, VT 05735
(802) 468-5574

  • E-textiles: August 7, 6-9pm

Quechee Public Library
1957 Quechee Main St, Quechee, VT 05059
(802) 295-1232

  • Creative Creatures August 9, 11am-2pm

Westford Public Library
1717 Vermont 128, Westford, VT 05494
(802) 878-5639
www.westfordpubliclibrary.org

  • E-textiles August 7,  6-9

Fairfax Community Library
75 Hunt St, Fairfax, VT 05454
(802) 849-2420

  • Squishy Circuits August 16, 10-1pm

Exhibition: Break it! Build it! at Burlington City Arts Center

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JULY 25 – SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Opening Reception Friday July 25, 5-8pm

Taking BCA’s popular summer camp as its point of departure, Break It! Build It! is an exhibition focusing on artists who embody the DIY spirit. Artists in the exhibition break, crush, destroy, and manipulate everyday objects to build, invent, and create their work. From altered couches to hacked iPods and installations using raw construction materials, Break It! Build It! will challenge the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and examine the ways destruction may be a necessary component of construction.

The exhibition will also feature work by young artists that was created in this summer’s Break It! Build It! camps.

Artists Included : Christopher Abrams, Colin Brahmstedt, John Cohn, Maxwell Cohn, Eric Hall, Beatriz Herrera, Ken Howell, Jenn Karson, Keegan Kuvach, Kristin Rogers

Wednesday August 20th @ 6:30pm at BCA.:

Join artist Jenn Karson and BCA curator DJ Hellerman for an open, community dialogue about Critical Making and Burlington’s place in bridging the gap between creative physical and conceptual exploration.

Guided Tours Open to the Public:

Saturday, August 9, 12 – 1pm
Thursdays, August 14 and 21, 12-1 pm

Exhibition sponsored by Saint Michael’s College

Funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment For The Arts

Farrell DistributingHarpoon Brewery and Fluid Bar Service are proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events

STEAM-y Summer Library Programs! Meet our educators

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For Vermont Kids and Families
July + August 2014

This summer Vermont Makers and its partners are producing 28 programs at 14 Vermont libraries all across the state of Vermont! Programs for kids of all ages will showcase hands-on STEAM-y (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects.

Programs were created for middle school kids and older. Please preregister with participating libraries.

For the program schedule and descriptions of programs, visit STEAM-e-ZINE!

Meet our Educators:

Rebecca Schwarz works across disciplines to enrich health through art on individual, collective and Earth based levels. Her art is inspired by patterns in nature with technology as one more layer of patterning. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in sculpture and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts focused on community engaged art, teaching and ecological art. Rebecca teaches at Champlain College and coordinates Art from the Heart, connecting children, families and caregivers with play and creativity in the hospital. Her work can be seen at rebeccaschwarz.com.

Cecilia Telefus displayed a passion for technology from a young age and enrolled in her first class focusing on electricity at the age of 17. She went on to college to learn more about her passion and subsequently landed a job maintaining semiconductor fabrication and test equipment. Her lifelong interest led her to work in a wide variety of technical roles such as an electromagnetic effects lab technician, a professional pyro-technician, and most recently as a Product Support Analyst at a web solutions firm. As the daughter of an artist she is excited about the endless possibilities the Maker Movement will present for the fusing of two of her favorite interests.

Dayle Payne has been a teacher for almost thirty years, the last eight as a technology teacher at Georgia Elementary and Middle School. A self described joyous nerd, she loves dabbling in all things technology related. Special interests currently include eTextiles, laser cutting odd shapes for jewelry making and Arduino processing.

Lynn Motschman formalized her need to know how things work with a BS in architecture and engineering at Norwich University, but her real education came about raising four children with unbridled curiosity. Helping out in Vermont libraries’ STEAM-powered summer offerings seemed like a natural place to extend the excitement she felt working with her own kids and more recently, as a student herself in the U of Vermont FabLab. Lynn is really looking forward to meeting the next generation of makers and inventors, to see what they can teach her.

Jenn Karson
Bio

Beverly Ball is a long-time teacher of art, craft, welding & technology at Denver Academy where she established the Saipe Family Metal Arts Studio, the TinkerBelles girls’ maker club, and the schoolwide Craft/Tech/Art Lab. Her specialty lies in blending art-making, academics, skills and mischief.

Caleb Clark is the director of the EdTech master’s program at Marlboro College, where he also teaches and coordinates academic technology support. He has been a Web geek since 1994 and an educational technologist since 1999. Caleb’s interests include: eportfolios, online media production for teachers, physical computing, citizen journalism, and humanizing technology. Caleb’s passion for Internet technology and media began when he joined the dot com revolution in San Francisco in the mid-1990s. He went on to work in educational technology in corportate (Netscape, Maxis), K-12 (High Tech High) and higher education (SDSU, NYU, Antioch) organizations before settling down at Marlboro College in 2008. Caleb regularly presents at conferences and publishes.

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