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Board 144: Implementing Best Practices and Facing Facilities Realities: Creation of a New University Makerspace

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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10

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https://peer.asee.org/29945

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Madeleine F. Jennings Texas State University

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Madeleine Jennings is an undergraduate researcher at Texas State University studying Manufacturing Engineering. Her research interests include ferrous metallurgy, ferrous continuous casting process improvement, women and minority retention in STEM fields, and the effects and implications of university maker spaces. She has published at AISTech, Iron & Steel Technology, and ASEE, and is interested in pursuing graduate studies in Materials Science & Engineering or Engineering Education. Madeleine can be contacted at madeleine_jennings@outlook.com.

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Kimberly Grau Talley P.E. Texas State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6235-0706

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Dr. Kimberly G. Talley is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, Maker Space Co-Director and Senior Research Fellow for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University, and a licensed Professional Engineer. She received her Ph.D. and M.S.E. from the University of Texas at Austin in Structural Engineering. Her undergraduate degrees in History and in Construction Engineering and Management are from North Carolina State University. Dr. Talley teaches courses in the Construction Science and Management Program, and her research focus is in student engagement and retention in engineering and engineering technology education. Contact: talley@txstate.edu

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Shaunna Fultz Smith Texas State University

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Dr. Shaunna Smith is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University. She holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on technology integration and art education. Her teaching and research explore how the hands-on use of design-based technologies (e.g. digital fabrication, 3D modeling and printing, computer programming, and DIY robotics) can impact multidisciplinary learning that transcends traditional content contexts (e.g. arts-based STEM integration). At her free mobile makerspace for K-12 students and teachers, The MAKE Lab (http://themakelab.wp.txstate.edu), she is currently researching how recurring experiences with these design-based technologies impact visual spatial skills, self-efficacy, and positive attitudes toward failure (e.g. persistence in the face of obstacles; reconceptualization of failure as a paradigm for creative learning) with teachers and K–12 students. These concepts are also part of her research as Co-Director of Bobcat Made, which is the collaborative university makerspace.

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Araceli Martinez Ortiz Texas State University

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Araceli Martinez Ortiz, PhD., is Research Associate Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Education at Texas State University. She leads a comprehensive research agenda related to issues of curriculum and instruction in engineering education, motivation and preparation of under served populations of students and teachers and in assessing the impact of operationalizing culturally responsive teaching in the STEM classroom. As executive director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, she collaborates on various state and national STEM education programs and is PI on major grant initiatives through NASA MUREP and NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education and NSF DUE . Araceli holds Engineering degrees from The University of Michigan and Kettering University. She holds a Masters degree in Education from Michigan State and a PhD in Engineering Education from Tufts University.

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Abstract

Findings from an initiative funded as part of a collaborative NSF IUSE-funded grant, reveals research-to-practice challenges and successes related to the establishment of a new research-focused university makerspace at ______University. The resulting space, _______, was achieved in spite of space and funding challenges. It is a space under continuous improvement targeted to better reach the ideals laid forth in the best practices discoveries from this collaborative project. In addition, ________ makerspace is described in this paper and poster as well as the challenges that were faced/overcome in implementing the best practice ideals. A discussion regarding key findings related to programmatic, facilities, personnel, and online-tools will also be presented.

Makerspace design considerations include high visibility both in physical location and in online presence, welcoming environments to help new students engage in the space, the culture of the makerspace and fostering a sense of student co-ownership. _____ makerspace has attempted to implement these ideals through furnishing, signage, staff training, special theme nights to attract new users, establishment of cross-college partnerships, employment of effective marketing strategies, a website for the makerspace, organization of a base of both volunteer and part-time student workers and the establishment of a _______ twitter account, and a wide range of open-use makerspace hours.

This poster and paper will further describe the key recommendations developed by the research team and how they were implemented at ______.

Jennings, M. F., & Talley, K. G., & Smith, S. F., & Ortiz, A. M. (2018, June), Board 144: Implementing Best Practices and Facing Facilities Realities: Creation of a New University Makerspace Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29945

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