Summer of Excitement

Summer 2016 brought opportunities to connect around the state and nation.

First up, we were excited to be part of the Jackson Hole Mini Maker Faire in cooperation with the UW College of Engineering & Applied Science.

Our table featured the 3Doodler pens as we challenged visitors to doodle and create with this emerging technology. As you can see from the video, one of our visitors worked hard to create a dino-dog. We thoroughly enjoyed talking with learners of all ages about how making can happen formally and informally through schools and communities.

Next up, we headed over to our nation’s capital to participate in the 2nd Annual National Maker Faire.

Using a custom, portable frame (instructions are coming on how to make your own!), we packed up our Sphero SPRKs, washable finger paints, and tablets to bring painting with programming to the event. This activity really helps parents visualize and see some of the technologies being used in schools as well as engages everyone in a blend of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). Many of our visitors took their paintings home, but a few now adorn the walls of our space in the Education Annex on campus.

While we were in DC, WyoMakers coordinator, Dr. Tonia Dousay, was interviewed by a film crew for the TBS reality television show America’s Greatest Makers and accepted an invitation to join the maker education stakeholder’s meeting hosted by the White Office of Science & Technology Policy. Out of that meeting, we now have a number of plans in the works related to strengthening outreach and course offerings directly connecting teacher education and maker education. So, stay tuned for more details!

If you’re interested in the University of Wyoming summary of our summer activities, please visit http://www.uwyo.edu/education/deans-office/college-news/2016/dousay-dc.html.