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Enabling the Maker Mindset at NASA

When:  Sunday, November 13th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: Meeting Room 310A at the George R. Brown Convention Center

What: The Maker has been alive and well within strata-1-cad-modelNASA since the days of Apollo, but only recently have the connected culture and affordable resources of the modern maker movement been available to the average NASA project.   At NASA we’re enabling makers to be nimble, creative, and spark innovation within initiatives. Come explore with us to see how a maker’s mindset can be enabled with a real-world strata1payload_courtesyofnasaexample like the design, fabrication and testing of the Strata-1 ISS Payload.  References:

Tech / Craft / Mindset: Innovation, Space, Experiments, Education

Speaker(s):  Chris Gerty and Lee Graham

About the Speakers

Chris Gerty is a technologist and entrepreneur, and a leading voice on the convergence of space exploration and the “maker” culture. After decades of experience on technology-intense projects in thebio_chrisgerty aerospace industry, he has developed a passion for technology both personally and professionally. He currently manages a human interfaces lab at Johnson Space Center and leads a small team to develop new ways to present detailed data to a spacewalking astronaut.  You can get more information about Chris on his webpage.

Lee Graham has over 30 years experience at NASA and several years experience in specibio_leegrahamal machine design before that.  He has held a number of positions at NASA including ISS Safety and Mission Assurance Manager, Deputy Project Manager for the Interim Control Module and JSC Acting Chief Engineer.  Most recently, he leads the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science advanced mission concept development team called the Ferret Works.

Speakers & Panels

From local food supplies, robotics, space technology, young inventors & entrepreneurs and technology innovations in the medical industry like 3D Printed prosthetic and other devices for patients, Houston area makers are doing it all!   Our schedule of speakers and panels includes:

Saturday, November 12th
10:30AM Educational Robotics from K-8th by Katie Kelley
12:00PM Competitive Robotics: It’s More Than Robots by Allen Gregory
1:30PM A Maker Revolution in Health Care by Jose Gomez-Marquez
3:00PM Approaching Innovation: A Perspective of Food Production by Thomas Garcia-Prats & Daniel Garcia-Prats
Sunday, November 13th
10:30AM HCPL and eNABLE Give You a Hand by Patrick Ferrell and Jalal Yazji
12:00PM Enabling the Maker Mindset at NASA by Lee Graham and Chris Gerty
1:30PM Robotics for All: Engineering for learning differences by Nicholas Guillerman
3:00PM Young Inventors & Entrepreneurs Panel

These sessions will be held in Outside Lobby of Exhibit Hall A in the George R. Brown Convention Center.  These sessions will be free and open to the public, but we invite you to purchase tickets to support this event and visit more with all the exhibitors in the Maker Exhibit Hall.

Building For The Future at Maker Faire

We’re so pleased with how the Houston Mini Maker Faire (11/12-13 @ GRB) is shaping up — it’s going to be so — GOOD! Now’s a great time for good — for you, your family, the community. Learning is good; creating new things is good; sharing, of course, is very good! And Maker Faire is full of these things and more, as it celebrates so many things that are good about us as humans, our communities — and Houston. We encourage you to come and visit with us, enjoy all this goodness, stay a while — and go away inspired!

If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire before, you’re in for a real treat — so many new things to learn and do! But even if you’ve been to one — or many — there will be so much new to see and experience here that you’ll be very glad you came. And you will be part of making this event a real showcase for the community. This year we make a big step forward as we gear up for 10,000 attendees with over 200 exhibits over 2 days! And our strategic goal is to attract more than 25,000 annually to Houston Maker Faire by 2020 — come be part of this growth story!

We advocate the Maker Movement philosophy that learning new things is a human need; being creative with our imagination, gifts and skills is one of the most fulfilling things humans can do; and making (building) our creations helps both ourselves and the community. So, whether it’s art or slick engineering, traditional crafts or latest high-tech, we believe that making is all-around goodness, and we want to share it with you.

This is our exhibition for Houston. Don’t think this is just hobbies or “geekery” — the Maker Movement has an impressive tech resume, for example, including such things as desktop 3D printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, desktop CNC tools, 3D-printed prosthetics, the new generation of VR, drones/UAVs and many IoT toolsets. It’s changing education, corporate innovation and development methodologies, entertainment, startup businesses, medicine and many more fields. But it can be just for fun too — one of the best things about making is it’s what you want it to be, as long as you’re active, creative and constructive!

Perhaps the most important point is — making, and therefore Maker Faire — is for everyone. And yes, it’s GOOD for you!

Blogs

mmh-i-make-rgbLearn more about the Maker Movement and how it’s building for a stronger community and a better future in these blogs. Get into discussions on Facebook, and participate in this year’s event at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A, in downtown Houston. Let’s do some good things together!

Our “Power Play”: Building For Houston’s Future At Maker Faire

BuyTicksWe’re so pleased with how the Houston Mini Maker Faire (11/12-13 @ GRB) is shaping up — it’s going to be so — GOOD! This event is dedicated to the concept that (1) learning is a basic human need and is good for people of all ages; (2) being creative with our imagination, gifts and skills is one of the most fulfilling things humans can do; and (3) and “making” (building) our creations helps both ourselves and the community.

hacking-eduThis is our 4th annual event, and we’re using the theme “Power Up Houston!” to take a big step forward in awareness and impact throughout the Greater Houston Area. The Houston Mini Maker Faire will be full of interesting and important things to learn and do, covering such a wide range of topics that we simply can’t describe them all here (but check back regularly here, in the Event Info and About sections, and on Facebook for updates about our exhibits). We’re gearing up for 10,000 attendees with over 200 exhibits over 2 days! And our strategic goal is to attract more than 25,000 annually to Houston Maker Faire by 2020 — come be part of this growth story! There are things here for everyone — ranging from kids to seniors, and artists to engineers.

hcc-sharesThis is the Maker Movement’s exhibition for Houston. The Maker Movement is positive and constructive, and it’s already had significant impact (learn more about that here).  It’s changing education, corporate waterafrica1innovation and development methodologies, entertainment, startup businesses, medicine and many more fields. And at this year’s Houston Mini Maker Faire, we have large exhibits dedicated to innovation, reducing the barriers to tech and business startups to foster more entrepreneurs, getting inventions and products to market, and showing how creative mindsets can be leveraged now to solve real-world community challenges!

But it can be just for fun too — one of the best things about making is it’s what you want it to be, as long as you’re active, creative and constructive! Perhaps the most important point is — making, and therefore Maker Faire — is for everyone. And yes, it’s GOOD for you! Come join us at the GRB on 11/12-13.