On Friday (12/6) from 6-8pm and on Wednesday (12/11) from 2-4pm we invite you to drop in for a soldering lesson. We’ll have a variety of kits available and our FabLab technicians (Fabbers) are enthusiastic about sharing this skill. This is for those who have never soldered before and beginners who want more practice.
In addition, on Wednesday (12/11) from 2-4pm we invite you to drop in for laser cutting snowflakes.
Please look at the ‘Workshops for the UVM Community’ page for more information.
Fabbers had a booth as part of the daytime Maker Faire and demonstrated 3D printing for engineering. The evening Illuminated Forest featured 16 light and sound installations in woods next to the Coach Barn. Fabbers created a zoetrope kangaroo carousel for the ocassion! See video and pictures below.
We know that academic makerspaces create meaningful experiences for students, yet how do we measure this meaningful impact? Where do we start?
Last fall on behalf of the UVM FabLab I attended the first International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM) at MIT. Organizers for the symposium came from MIT, Yale, Stanford, Olin, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Georgia Tech and UC Berkeley.
I specifically attended the conference to learn how to better use metrics to measure the impact of academic makerspaces. The big idea emphasized by Malcom Cooke of ThinkBox at Case Western was Keep Calm and Collect Data – collect as much data as possible and start today! Collect data that you can assess and measure over time, look to metrics and outcomes, quantitative and qualitative outcomes.