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Full Paper: A Makerspace Project for New Transfer Students

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2019 FYEE Conference


Penn State University , Pennsylvania

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July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019

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July 30, 2019

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M2C: Learning by Design 2

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Bonnie S. Boardman University of Texas, Arlington

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Bonnie Boardman is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her primary research interests are in the engineering education and resource planning disciplines. She holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from The University of Arkansas and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Martin Kendall Wallace University of Texas at Arlington

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Martin K. Wallace is the Maker Literacies Librarian and liaison to engineering, math & physics at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds an MLIS from The University of North Texas and an MS in Information Systems Engineering from The University of Maine. He specializes in intellectual property, information literacy, experiential learning, and assessment. In his role as Maker Literacies Librarian, he investigates ways to incorporate makerspaces into the undergraduate curriculum.

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Morgan Chivers UTA FabLab

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Morgan Chivers graduated from San Jose State University (2011) after spending a full decade earning four simultaneously conferred degrees and five minors: BA History, BA Global Studies, BFA Photography, and BFA Spatial Arts, with minors in Anthropology, Music, Religious Studies, German, and Environmental Studies. UTA’s glass program lured this Californian to Texas; Morgan earned an MFA in Glass / Intermedia (2015) with conceptually-rooted, experimental artwork often involving digital fabrication. He joined the FabLab team shortly thereafter as a Technician, and now serves as FabLab Librarian & Artist in Residence, helping to train student employees, liaison to A+AH Department, integrate making into curriculum across this beautifully diverse campus, and to present the UTA FabLab's innovative work at professional conferences and symposia.

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This is an abstract for a work-in-process paper covering a new class developed at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). UTA is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution with a global enrollment of over 58,000 located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex of Texas. The College of Engineering (COE) at UTA instituted a new introductory course, strictly for transfer students, in the fall 2018 semester. The course goals were to instill a sense of belonging to the COE and the University, introduce UTA-specific resources, introduce engineering disciplines, experience interdisciplinary teamwork, and recognize and develop an engineering entrepreneurship mindset. In order to accomplish the last two course goals, students had a choice of four group projects. Five-student teams were assigned based upon project choice. One of the project choices was to design and build an UTA branded object, using any two pieces of equipment in UTA’s FabLab makerspace. The UTA FabLab is a creative hub for students, faculty and staff at UTA and is located in the Central Library. The space provides access to technologies, equipment, training, opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and inspirational spaces in support of invention and entrepreneurship. In addition to regular progress reports, teams were required to keep and submit a blog of their activities and to reflect on the lessons they learned during the project work as their final deliverable for the project. Students were also given pre- and post-project surveys to assess two specific Maker Competencies. This work-in-process paper will describe the preliminary offering of the course. Specifically the paper will describe the FabLab project, summarize the student self-reported lessons learned, describe the Maker Competencies developed at UTA, analyze the results of the Maker Competencies student pre- and post-project surveys, and discuss the lessons learned by faculty in the administration of the FabLab project.

Boardman, B. S., & Wallace, M. K., & Chivers, M. (2019, July), Full Paper: A Makerspace Project for New Transfer Students Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--33697

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