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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.

Speakers
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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

Director of the ESE Design Center, BeAM at UNC Chapel Hill
Glenn Walters is the director of the ESE Design Center at UNC Chapel Hill, a design and fabrication facility that specializes in development of unique tools and instrumentation for research.  He is also a founding member of the UNC BeAM Makerspace Executive Committee and the senior... Read More →


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

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