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MAKER: Come to the Dark Side—We Have Cookies: Creating an Interactive Display to Engage Everyone in STEAM

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Make It!

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

9

DOI

10.18260/p.25613

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https://peer.asee.org/25613

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83

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Mike Thomas Pitcher University of Texas, El Paso

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Mike Pitcher is the Director of Academic Technologies at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has had experience in learning in both a traditional university program as well as the new online learning model, which he utilizes in his current position consulting with faculty about the design of new learning experiences. His experience in technology and teaching started in 1993 as a student lab technician and has continued to expand and grow over the years, both technically as well as pedagogically. Currently he works in one of the most technically outstanding buildings in the region where he provides support to students, faculty, and staff in implementing technology inside and outside the classroom, researching new engineering education strategies as well as the technologies to support the 21st century classroom (online and face to face). He also has assisted both the campus as well as the local community in developing technology programs that highlight student skills development in ways that engage and attract individuals towards STEAM and STEM fields by showcasing how those skills impact the current project in real-world ways that people can understand and be involved in. As part of a university that is focused on supporting the 21st century student demographic he continues to innovate and research on how we can design new methods of learning to educate both our students and communities on how STEM and STEAM make up a large part of that vision and our future.

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Pedro Arturo Espinoza University of Texas, El Paso

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Pedro worked in the manufacturing industry as a Quality Control Engineer for some years before acquiring his current position as an Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). For over ten years in this role, he has worked with a team of managers that oversee various learning environments and systems in the Academic Technologies Department at UTEP. He leads a group of more than 40 multidisciplinary student employees that help support a wide range of technologies for classrooms and other learning spaces, including videoconferencing rooms.
In addition to teaching a Foundations of Engineering course, Pedro also provides technology training on Mac OS X, CISCO networking and various other technology topics. He also enjoys the role of social media coordinator for Academic Technologies to showcase the department’s services and the dedicated students and staff members who work there. Pedro received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Education from UTEP.

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Hector Erick Lugo Nevarez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Hector Lugo works as a Student Technology Success Coordinator at The University of Texas at El Paso. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is currently enrolled as a Master of Science with a Major in Electrical Engineering.
His motivation and passion pushes him into research in wireless communication, especially in Bluetooth Low Energy and Near Field Communication as well as building projects and fostering innovation with faculty and staff members. As part of the Learning Environments division, the idea to develop, oversee and assess engaging students to expand their knowledge and creativity by innovating new technologies application for Engineering Education is currently under way to engage the university and the community.
Concluding, Mr. Lugo’s ambition is to encourage students to focus in science, technology and engineer abilities in order to expand their professional potential.

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Hugo Gomez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Hugo Gomez works as an Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso, he is focused on expanding the professional and technical skill sets of our students and faculty community to better prepare them for the world of technology today and tomorrow. He works alongside a wide assortment of students, faculty and staff on campus to make sure their technology toolsets are up to date. Furthermore, Hugo provides workshops to over half of the student population at UTEP and as such, has been instrumental in providing the behind the scenes support to all these courses. Mr. Gomez also collaborates in the Learning Lab team to explore and implement new educational strategies in the classroom. Mr. Gomez has a Masters Degree in Engineering Education from The University of Texas at El Paso. He has participated in the UTEACH summer program as a Technology Instructor in which he provided workshops on website design, movie creation and computer networking. In addition, Mr. Gomez teaches UNIV1301 Foundations of Engineering, were students learn academic, personal and engineering skills, among many other abilities that help them understand their opportunities and responsibilities as engineering students.

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Randy Hazael Anaya University of Texas, El Paso

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Randy Anaya, Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso. Received a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia design from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Received a BA in Media Advertising at UTEP and is currently enrolled as a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on the use of art and technology in teaching and learning.
Randy works on research and development of applying the creative process to workshops, trainings and student engagement. Currently doing extensive research and deployment of emerging technologies to redefine the classroom, mentoring and excellence through student interaction.

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Herminia Hemmitt University of Texas, El Paso

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Mrs. Herminia Hemmitt is part of the Learning Environments team in Academic Technologies at The University of Texas at El Paso. She is responsible for coordinating classroom technology upgrades and implementations to ensure project deadlines and anticipated goals are met. Her educational background in organizational and corporate communication is utilized in consultations with faculty and staff about their learning environments in order to correctly match them to appropriate learning spaces or adapt existing spaces to meet their pedagogical and technological needs. Her focus is on the specific user to make sure that classroom needs, technical needs, and/or event needs are met.

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Oscar Antonio Perez University of Texas, El Paso

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Prof. Oscar Perez received his B.S. and Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso with a special focus on data communications. Awarded the Woody Everett award from the American Society for engineering education August 2011 for the research on the impact of mobile devices in the classroom. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Perez has been teaching the Basic Engineering (BE) – BE 1301 course for over 8 years. Lead the design for the development of the new Basic Engineering course (now UNIV 1301) for engineering at UTEP: Engineering, Science and University Colleges. Developed over 5 new courses, including UTEP technology & society core curriculum classes specifically for incoming freshman with a STEM background. Prof. Perez was awarded the 2014 “University of Texas at El Paso award for Outstanding Teaching”. Prof. Perez has over thirteen years of professional experience working as an Electrical and Computer Engineer providing technical support to faculty and students utilizing UGLC classrooms and auditoriums. Mr. Perez is committed to the highest level of service to provide an exceptional experience to all of the UGLC guests. Mr. Perez strongly believes that by providing exceptional customer service that UGLC patrons will return to make use of the various services the university offers. Mr. Perez enjoys working on the professional development of the students’ employees at the UGLC. He shares with his student employees his practical experience in using electrical engineering concepts and computer technologies to help in everyday real-world applications. Mr. Perez has worked with the UTeach program at UTEP since its creation to streamline the transition process for engineering students from local area high schools to college by equipping their teachers with teaching strategies and technologies each summer. Oscar enjoys teamwork, believes in education as a process for achieving life-long learning rather than as a purely academic pursuit. He currently works on maintaining, upgrading and designing the classroom of the future. Mr. Perez is inspired because he enjoys working with people and technology in the same environment.

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Peter Golding University of Texas, El Paso

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Professor in the Department of Engineering and Leadership at UTEP.

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Alfonso Pruneda University of Texas, El Paso

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Alfonso Pruneda is currently enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. In early 2015 Mr. Pruneda started working at UTEP with Academic Technologies or more specifically the Learning Environments division. He has had the opportunity to work with an amazing team who's main goals is to implement technology inside and outside the classroom. Mr. Pruneda has had the opportunity to personally help students and faculty, work and maintain 3D printers, and program and develop iOS applications for the University. He has also had the opportunity to help in a summer camp that was focused on STEAM where kids from all ages learned about all sorts of new technology and arts in a fun and interactive way. Mr. Pruneda aspires to keep learning something new everyday and to one day use that knowledge to help better this world.

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Sara Soto Academic Technologies

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Ms. Sara Soto currently works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at NASA’s Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research at The University of Texas at El Paso. She will obtain a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering by May 2017. Her willingness and quality of work contributed in assisting and managing a subset of the only open 3D printing lab implemented by Learning Environments within the university. Her leadership and expertise made it attainable to be in charge of maintaining and running various kind of 3D printers. Not limited to just technical skills, Ms. Soto provided workshops on how to use 3D CAD design software and cloud-based 3D printer management. Selected in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program in 2013; experienced and conducted an experiment under zero gravity conditions. Presently, Ms. Soto is working on the development of Chrome- X, a 2000-pound-force rocket engine. Specifically working on the water test setup that is going to analyze the injectors made for the rocket. Being part of Shell Eco Marathon team for the University, Ms. Soto works on creating a fuel efficient vehicle to compete against other universities all over the Americas. Her determination and beliefs in teamwork and hard work are key points that thrives her to be successful in all her classes.

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Erik Lopez Academic Technologies

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Innovation has always played a key role in Erik’s life. His passion towards technology led him to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso. In the process of experimenting with the different electrical components, Erik has applied his creativity to a variety of mediums including 3D Video Mapping, Rear Projection, App User Interface, and Arduino based projects among others. With the contribution of his fellow coworkers, Erik discovered new tools in the media development field in his first year as an employee of Academic Technologies. The cooperative environment in Academic Technologies has improved Erik’s ethical, professional and personal involvement during the past years.

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Gil Paquian Jr. UTEP Academic Technologies

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Gilbert Paquian has always been fascinated with how things work. During his undergraduate career pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, his project-oriented work with Academic Technologies and the completion of an internship with W. Silver Incorporated, a local steel mill, were able to satisfy his curiosity learning about the inner workings of various machines, electrical components and computer software. After participating in the Texas Tech University Summer Accelerated Biomedical Research Program in 2012, Mr. Paquian decided he was going to tackle the most complex machine in the world: the human body. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering at UTEP, focusing on developing new applications for inkjet cell printing: a novel method for cell deposition, with applications ranging from cell sorting, gene transfection, and in vitro tissue generation, along with many others. He hopes to use this technology to quickly and efficiently generate induced pluripotent stem cells, which can then be used for medical research, regenerative medicine, and developmental studies.

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Abstract

In a not so distant place, in a galaxy much similar to our own we find ourselves delving into the “dark side” of things to engage students. Find out how a somewhat non-traditional approach to student and community engagement has lead to huge interest in the STEAM fields at [name removed]. This maker demonstration will showcase how utilizing a theme such as Star Wars creates a framework for student exploration into the maker field. We will present multiple maker components created by students to work both independently and to become part of a larger interactive display focused around a common theme. Each maker piece will have accompanying instructions on how to design and build it; as well as we will be providing the larger framework guidelines to be able to replicate such an interactive display in a variety of academic programs (K-12 to college). This approach allows for students’ personalized learning on their own maker project while bringing into view the bigger picture of the needs for design specifications and the utilization of skills outside their traditional areas of study. The maker components include Arduinos, LEDs, stepper motors, 3D printed objects, etc. Thus begins a new hope for STEAM. It is a period of academic unrest as we venture to the dark side and bring about a period of personalized engagement. Help us in our battle to win against the “SAGE ON THE STAGE” and their power to destroy an entire learning experience. USE THE FORCE of ENGAGEMENT to make a new future for STEAM.

Pitcher, M. T., & Espinoza, P. A., & Lugo Nevarez, H. E., & Gomez, H., & Anaya, R. H., & Hemmitt, H., & Perez, O. A., & Golding, P., & Pruneda, A., & Soto, S., & Lopez, E., & Paquian, G. (2016, June), MAKER: Come to the Dark Side—We Have Cookies: Creating an Interactive Display to Engage Everyone in STEAM Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25613

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