March 24, 2021
March 24, 2021
March 26, 2021
Maker Culture can be used in Engineering Technology programs to enhance student learning. This paper discusses an ongoing effort since 2019 to implement Maker Culture in a control systems course in an engineering technology program. One of the major activities in the implementation of Maker Culture is holding a Mini-Maker Faire at the end of the semester for students to show their designs of products. This is the results of their course projects. Student teams are supposed to do demonstration and presentation in the Min-Maker Faire. In the Spring semester of 2020, due to Vovid-19, the labs were not accessible to students during the second half of the semester. As a result, the Maker Culture implementation was forced to stop. In the Fall semester of 2020, the laboratories are accessible to students, as long as students follow the requirements such as wearing masks and keeping social distance. Therefore, it is possible for student teams to work together on course projects. However, due to the number of students involved, it is impossible to find a room large enough to fit 74 students, several faculty members, and other external evaluators without violating the specific room capacity determined by the university during Covid-19. To make things worse, at this stage of the implementation, the Mini-Maker Faire is supposed to involve students from two universities. Based on the current circumstance, a decision has been made to conduct the Mini-Maker Faire using Zoom. All the demonstrations and presentations will be recorded as video clips and uploaded to YouTube. A link will be provided to students and faculty members for evaluation. ____ University and _____ University will work together on the Mini-Maker Faire. For the Fall semester of 2020, students at ____ University will present their projects and students at ___ University will participate in the evaluation. It is planned that next year, the two universities will conduct a joint Mini-Maker Faire. Google Doc will be used for evaluation of the course projects. Lessons learned, implementation details, and student evaluations will be included in the paper.
Zhan, W., & Wang, Y., & Yalvac, B., & Hur, B. (2021, March), A Mini-Maker Faire Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/36356
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