Category Archives: design

Upcoming Outreach Events

Higher Ed and the Week of Making

June 17-23, 2016

Make Schools

 

GIV Engineering Institute

July 10 – 16, 2016

Governor’s Institute of Vermont

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, UVM

 

Maker Places Conference

August 7-9, 2016

CMF Inc
 

Champlain Maker Faire

September 24 & 25, 2016

 

Burlington Innovation Week

October 14 – 22, 2016

BTV Ignite

 

Aiken K-12 Maker Faire and Engineering Challenge

Saturday, November 19, 2016

UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Champlain Maker Faire (CMF Inc)

STEM and Art & Technology Courses this summer!

Mapping_Sounds_buttonIf you didn’t get a chance to attend the Mapping Found Sounds workshop offered this past April, you can learn more from this Seven Days article. This spring workshop was a great kickoff for credited courses this summer.

For example, the  U of Vermont Fab Lab will be up and running this summer for an awesome three-week course called Innovate, Iterate, Make: The Art + Engineering of Rapid-Prototype Design. The first part will explore how innovators in engineering, contemporary art and architecture solve problems and advance ideas. Part 2 will have students learning how to design using open source hardware and programming, handmade electronics and rapid-prototyping tools! A lot of the class time will be dedicated to “Open Lab,” and students will have access to a plethora of resources and tools- how cool is that?

engineering_design High school juniors and seniors also have the opportunity to spend two weeks in the Fab Lab with our four-week Maker’s Academy (Vermont Fab Lab Workshop), part of UVM’s Summer Academy. Half the month of July will be spent on campus (housing is available) and the other half online; spend the whole month exploring how innovators in engineering, contemporary art, architecture, and the DIY maker movement solve problems and advance ideas. If engineering draft and design is of more interest to your pre-college student, be sure to check out CEMS’s Pre-Engineering Academy this summer, Engineering Design (Solid Works).

High-school students from around the state and US are getting ready to join us on campus for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Engineering Institute. From July 11-18, students will get their hands dirty with projects that explore basic and advanced engineering concepts with their peers and professional experts. At the same time, teachers will also be on campus, but as students! Learning about how to better integrate the Next Generation Science Standards into their classrooms and enhance STEM and STEAM education, teacher-learners will be participating in one of CEMS’s Vermont Engineering Initiative courses, Engineering Design Principles.

 

 

 

 

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

Do, Make and Create! Exploring Creative Ideas for the Classroom

On May 15, 2014 Vermont Makers will present at

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Exploring Creative Ideas for the Classroom
The 15th Annual VITA-Learn and VSLA Ed Tech Conference!

For and by Teachers, Librarians, Administrators and Technology
Specialists.  At Champlain College, Burlington, VT. 

Vermont Makers sessions include: 

Spark a Culture of Innovation: Making-it in Your Community
Register and Learn More

Come and see what the kids will be making and learning this summer!
A grant from the Vermont Community Foundation was awarded for children and teens in Vermont’s public libraries to support this summer’s Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, Science.

From Space Suits to High Fashion: A Hands-on Introduction to E-textiles
Register and Learn More

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Elegant and sophisticated wearable technology from cutting edge fashion designers Pankaj and Nidhi. Their glowing geometric dress from the SS12 show at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. More on their website pankajnidhi com.

The emerging field of e-textiles is exciting, fun, beautiful and overflowing with opportunities for innovation. E-textiles are articles of clothing, home furnishings, or architecture that include embedded computational and electronic elements (Berzowska 2005). They are also found in smart military uniforms, sportswear that monitors health indicators and portable medical devices.

Check out both Vermont Makers programs!

Sponsored by:
VSLA and VITA-Learn
Co-Sponsored by: Vermont Agency of Education