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Saturday, October 6 • 10:00am - 10:40am
Choose Your Own Adventure: Learner Pathways in Higher Ed Makerspaces

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UNC-Chapel Hill's BeAM network has makerspaces across campus that offer students, faculty, and staff access to a variety of digital fabrication tools, from laser cutting to 3D printing to machine embroidery. One challenge of having such a wide variety of users is supporting diverse learning pathways for all users while balancing the broad availability of makerspace resources. By continually experimenting with new approaches, BeAM has stayed nimble in addressing the needs of various users. In this talk, Anna Engelke, Program Coordinator for the BeAM network, and Glenn Walters, Director of the ESE Design Center, will share the process they use to design resources to support the users that visit the BeAM makerspaces. This includes the development and prototyping of tool trainings, design workshops, academic curricula, digital simulation games, learning communities, and online materials. They will also discuss partnerships between BeAM and other on-campus groups in developing these resources, such as collaborating with the School of Education to study makerspace learning environments. Session attendees are encouraged to participate in small-group discussion after a 20-25 minute presentation. Groups will share their experiences and observations as they relate to the presented learning resources and brainstorm how resources could be adapted to different contexts.

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Anna Engelke

BeAM Program Coordinator, UNC-Chapel Hill
Anna Engelke is the Program Coordinator for the BeAM (Be a Maker) network of makerspaces at UNC Chapel Hill. She works with students, faculty, and staff in developing educational programs and projects that integrate digital fabrication and design. She is also a graduate of the Masters... Read More →
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Glenn Walters

Professor of Practice and BeAM Senior Advisor, UNC BeAM
Glenn Walters is teaching faculty in the Department of Applied Physical Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill and is the director of the BeAM Design Center, a design and fabrication facility that specializes in the development of unique tools and instrumentation for research.  He is also a... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:00am - 10:40am EDT
Conference Room Four