The Brandeis MakerLab is organized around a social justice vision that emphasizes broad access to innovation expertise and technologies, as well as the positive impact that innovation can make in the world. The MakerLab enjoys very broad involvement from the Brandeis community, including students, faculty researchers, and staff members. Also particularly notable is the MakerLab's vibrant and effective culture of tinkering and beta-testing that enables rapid and effective innovation. This approach has captured the imagination of a growing cohort of faculty members, who are enhancing their courses by integrating maker elements in consultation with expert Library staff. Every day, members of the expanding Brandeis maker community pursue technology projects that develop new forms of culture and craft in a collaborative setting.
They will have a 'Higher Ed Tech Petting Zoo': visitors can interact with tools and projects from 3D Scans for Archeology to Robots for Physics to 3D Printed Molecules for Biochemistry research. They will also have a drone simulator station setup for participants to learn to fly racing drones.
Eduporium is an online reseller of innovative educational technologies for STEM, STEAM, and maker education, serving as a one-stop shop for K-12 teachers to purchase vetted EdTech tools for their classroom, library, or makerspace.
They will bring a variety of hands-on edtech products, which may include robotics, coding tools, circuitry kits, and drones.
The Innovation Institute is inspiring a next generation of scientists and engineers among young people, ages 5-17. Whether homeschooled or day-schooled, students learn alongside professional research scientists and engineers, whose training and career trajectories ignite student curiosity and deepen their commitment to learning. These passionate instructors serve as role models, informal mentors, and facilitators of student learning. Courses balance hands-on design challenges and lab experiments with round-table discussion. An Inquiry-based approach across these formats empowers students to lead their own learning. Courses range from neuroscience and physical chemistry to molecular biology and computer science. Course size is limited to ten students.
A culture of science and engineering permeates all activities and interactions at the Innovation Institute. The Innovation Institute’s four well-equipped labs reflect and reinforce this culture. They also signify the emphasis on experiential learning and our confidence in the abilities of young people to undertake serious learning.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a nonprofit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Since its chartering in 1950, SWE's Boston section has grown to one of the largest sections of the Society of Women Engineers. We hold a variety of events throughout the year to support women in engineering and to encourage young women to consider an engineering career.
MakerLab Fiber Arts Boston Resource & Innovation Center (FABRIC) is a non-profit fiber arts library and makerspace with the equipment you need to make your fiber art, along with instructors to help you every step of the way! Our HQ 16 longarm and Destiny II embroidery machines are just some of the excellent pieces of hardware that they have available for members. Be sure to stop by to see their automated Addi Knitting Machine in action, play with the home build 4-shaft loom made with PVC and parts we 3D printed, and take home a lucets made on their 3D printer.
Jonathan and Sheila Bosworth will be at STEAM Expo showing their beautifully made hand tools for spinners (yarn, not bicycles). They demonstrate hand spinning with drop spindles and charkhas (Gandhi-style spinning wheel). They'll also bring niddy-noddies to skein yarn and boat shuttles for weavers. The Bosworths are know around the world for the quality of their fiber tools.
Boomerang Bags is a worldwide, grassroots, community-driven movement tackling single-use shopping bag waste at its source.
Boomerang Bags Newton is a community-based project making reusable shopping bags from recycled cloth for those in need and non-profit organizations including New Art Center, Green Newton, and The Second Step.
Nancy has been a gilder specializing in new gilding and restoration for over three decades. Since 1995, she has taught at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain. She will be demonstrating both traditional water gilding and burnishing, and oil gilding, using 22 karat gold leaf. The materials and methods used have remained basically unchanged for centuries!
Kevin Osborn is the Newton Free Library's Volunteer Maker-in-Residence. A long-time engineer, Kevin has a passion for making things and teaching people to create things they only dreamed of. He has a hand in everything from video games, to printer guts and Enterprise software.
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