Category Archives: Things to Do

Public events and things to do with Vermont Makers

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.

 

 

 

 

Call For Makers and More!

Call for Makers! Register for this year’s Champlain Maker Faire!

Fill out your application here

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PreCollege and Professional Development Courses at UVM this summer! Register by June 15.

Summer Academy for High School Students

“Makers Academy” a precollege credited course is open to high school Juniors and Seniors. Funding available for Vermont Students.
Register by June 15. Learn More.fablab(1of1)

The Vermont Engineering Initiative – Making and Engineering Design for teachers and professionals

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Our goal is to empower teachers to successfully implement engineering design in the classroom in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards. We offer training opportunities, community support and connection to the vibrant faculty, research and facilities of UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Register by June 15! Learn More

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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Read the Burlington Free Press article

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 Distributing, Harpoon Brewery and Fluid Bar Service are proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events