Tag Archives: vermont

2014 was a STEAM-Y year for Vermont!

In summer 2014 the pilot program Vermont Librarians and Makers Spark a Culture of Innovation produced 28 STEAM programs across the State of Vermont thanks to funding by the Vermont Community Foundation and UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. The curriculum was designed by Vermont Makers, Champlain Maker Faire provided exhibition space and library participation was organized by the Vermont Department of Libraries. Here’s a glimpse at the program’s success by the numbers…download the pdf version of this report here.

STEAM Vermont Programs

2014 was a STEAM-Y Year for Vermont!
As reported by….

Vermont Public Radio:
Making it

The “maker movement” is taking hold in Vermont. That’s a somewhat odd name that captures technology, design, innovation and a strong DIY spirit. On this Vermont Edition, we talk about how communities of “makers” are using high-tech tools to solve problems, create art and start a conversation about technology in our lives. Our guests are Jenn Karson of Vermont Makers and Doug Webster of the Champlain Mini-Maker Faire.http://digital.vpr.net/post/making-it

WCAX and Across the Fence: ‪
VT Makers & Librarians showcase STEAM on Across The Fence

New England Cable Network:
Making the grade: Innovative approach to STEM Teaching

More about Spark a Culture STEAM modules and program partners can be found here

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported these programs! We certainly did “Spark a Culture of Innovation” in Vermont in 2014.

Partners on the grant included Vermont Makers, UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Champlain Maker FaireCraftsbury Public Library, Vermont Public Library Foundation, The Vermont State Department of Libraries, and the Vermont Library Association. The stats in this document are provided by Vermont Makers.

FIRST Robotics Competition Training for Mentors and Coaches

FIRST Robotics Competition Training for Mentors and Coaches
Teach kids robotics! A day of training for coaches and mentors for beginning First Robotics teams.
Where: UVM FabLab, Votey Building UVM Campus in Burlington
When: Friday, August 9, 2013
workshop schedule

To sign up:

Please sign up in advance by contacting Doug Webster at  Doug.Webster@state.vt.us

What is FIRST?

The varsity Sport for the Mind, FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Students get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $16 million in college scholarships

For more information about FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST official website

See You at These Great Events!

Vermont Makers will be at the following events this summer and fall.
We hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 14

South End Art Hop
September 6-8, 2013

Champlain Maker Faire
September 28 & 29, 2013
The Call For Makers is open now through July 31, 2013. Apply Here

Vermont Tech Jam
October 2013

Vermont Makers ‘Take to the Air’ via Copter, Balloons, Blinkies, Folded Paper and Radio Waves at Champlain Mini Maker Faire

Champlain Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday, September 29 at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn from 10am – 7pm.

Vermont Makers is one of many groups supporting the event, but more importantly we’re behind the scenes Making for the event!

For Saturday, September 29 we’re excited to “take to the air” via copter, balloons, blinkies, folded paper and radio waves. We’re even more excited to partner with our friends at SparkFun who will be onsite for the event.

…And while we have your attention, we suggest you buy your Champlain Maker Faire tickets in advance. Advance tickets are a great value!

For regular updates and more information about Champlain Mini Maker Faire we recommend you follow their social media feeds.

Ciao for now!