June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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We are working to create a culture of making at NAME University. We are doing this through amulti-path approach that makes tools widely and freely available, offers training in multipleways, and encourages both curricular and co-curricular experiences in making. By takingexisting workspaces on campus, such as parts of the engineering project developmentlaboratory and the sculpture studio, and re-imagining them as makerspaces, we are makingtools and training more widely available without having to start from scratch with a new facility.In addition, we are hosting “skill seminar” events where university community members canlearn speciﬁc skills outside of particular courses or curricula. We will also share examples ofexperiences, ranging from a few hours to 10 days, that develop, use, and help instill maker-related skills and approaches.One of the cool things we have made is a three-degree-of-freedom mini-catapult. It’s fun bothas a thing to make on your own, and as an item to use in engineering outreach events. Thecatapult is made out of pegboard, PVC, and other common materials and requires no specialtools to build. Once built, it’s easy to use as a fun-but-well-constrained engineering designexperience with kids. In an iterative attempt to hit a target, users can reposition the stop, therubber bands, and the throwing cup. We also provide equations and graphs to relate trajectoryto release angle and rubber band position for more advanced users. This catapult and itsdesign were very popular at the USA Science and Engineering Festival as well as the 2014World Maker Faire, and will be shared at the ASEE Maker Faire.
Vigeant, M. A., & Siegel, N. P., & Marosi, K. T., & Cheville, R. A., & Kennedy, E. A., & Kim, C., & Tranquillo, J., & Cipoletti, D. E., & Montgomery, K., & Mercon, K., & Poss, L. K., & Ross, Z. P., & Muccio, D. R. (2015, June), Maker: #BucknellMakers Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24442
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