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A Makerspace On The Move

Session Topic:  A Makerspace on the Move: Get on the Bus and Learn How to Have a Maker Mindset

When:  Saturday, November 12th, 10:30am – 10:50am

Where: Maker Exhibit Hall Stage at the George R. Brown Convention Center

Description: The reality of having fun while learning and enabling comprehension is well documented by research. Think back on your new box of crayons each year for school…remember the smell…remember the joy of coloring. Do you know how to let go and be your inner child…to dream? Do you know how to make a dream reality? Join MaKr U as we share the mindset of making for the beginner, young or old.  Related articles:

makru_busTech / Craft / Mindset: “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality” – Walt Disney

Speaker(s): Karla Koop and Mary Jones

About the Speaker(s):

Mary Jones has over 29 years of experience in K-8 public education and is passionate about encouraging learners of all ages to dream, make makru_mary-n-karlaand build. She has a BS in Elem. Ed with a Reading Specialist certification. You can follow her on Twitter @TechnoMagikal.

Karla Koop has over 33 years of experience in K-12 public education as both a high school art educator and as a school district technology specialist. Passionate about creativity, she is eager to help you explore and learn through play.  She has a MS All-Level Art Education, BFA Studio Art and M.Ed Instructional Technology.  You can follow her on Twitter @TechniPooh.

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A Maker Revolution in Health Care

When:  Saturday, November 12th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

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

What: Health making is revolutionizing the way care is delivered in hospitals, clinics, and home care divisions acrosmakerhealths the globe. Patient-made machines are changing the provider-patient dynamic. The solutions by frontline staff are making care better and more affordable.

MakerHealth is leading the movement with tools, kits, and a framework for finding and supporting frontline stealth innovators in hospitals across the country. Through hospital makerspace and just-in-time training, MakerHealth helps institutions support frontline makers and launch new protocols and solutions from the lab to the point of care.  The tools and frameworks in the MakerHealth program are informed by the 2013 MakerNurse study launched by MIT Little Devices Lab with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where we worked with frontline nursing staff to quantify patterns of making, new ideas and gaps in the current system to support frontline innovators. From custom bandages, to apps, to infusion circuits and accessibility aids, health makers create tangible hardware innovations that they using to make their patients better.  Articles and additional references for this topic area are:

Tech / Craft / Mindset: Health, Medicine, Biology, Rehabilitation, Nursing

Speaker(s): Jose Gomez-Marquez

About the Speaker

Josejose_gomez-marquez Gomez-Marquez directs medical technology design at Little Devices @ MIT and is the creator of MIT’s first course on affordable medical hardware. Jose is the co-founder of the MakerHealth network and co-inventor of the MEDIKit platform, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors and nurses in developing countries to invent their own medical technologies. His other research projects include crowd sourced diagnostics, paper microfluidics, and affordable diagnostics for extreme environments. Gomez-Marquez has served on the European Union’s Science Against Poverty Taskforce and has participated as an expert advisor in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In 2009, Gomez-Marquez was selected to Technology Review’s TR35, which also named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was named a TED Fellow and is a co-founder of Pop Up Labs. Most recently, Gomez-Marquez launched the MakerNurse project to advance nurse innovation in America with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He arrived to the United States from his native Honduras on a Rotary exchange and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  For the latest news on any of these areas you can follow @MakerHealthCo, @MakerNurse or @jfgm on Twitter.

 

Makerspaces: Where Magic Happens

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maker-spaceMakerspaces are those amazing new places where you can get together and share knowledge, tools and projects — and build community! Lot’s of things are happening in makerspaces all around the Greater Houston Area, and supporting businesses are emerging to help you 20160915_201540tackle anything from learning how to code and 3D print — to building products that can actually go to market. Makerspaces are now appearing in libraries around Houston, and many schools are beginning to implement makerspace-based education including some elements of makerspaces right within the school. Makerspaces are great places to see and experience the “joy of kingwoodlibraryteensmaking” all year round, and many are involved in outstanding community-service activities you’ll want to know about. Learn about all this and more at Houston Mini Maker Faire! Exhibits include:

  • Children’s Museum of Houston:  The Chevron-Houston Texans Maker Annex is a place for children to invent, construct and showcase their work, with access to a wide range of tools and education experiences.
  • Creativity Shell: a brand new makerspace in Kingwood, Creativity Shell focuses on sewing and community service. A special focus is projects for girls.
  • Creatorspace: a busy hive of maker activity for the NASA area, this community is always ready to help you get started.
  • DaVinci Maker Labs: a new makerspace coming soon to Alvin.
  • Evelyn Meador Library (HCPL), Seabrook: a great library where you can 3D print.
  • Fort Bend County Libraries: you can 3D print at many of these friendly facilities!
  • HCC West Houston Institute: representing a bold vision of leading-edge service to students and the community, this amazing facility will open in Spring 2017. If you’re a maker, inventor, artisan, engineer or entrepreneur, you’ll want to know about this large well-equipped makerspace.
  • Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab at HCPL Freeman Branch Library: located in the NASA JSC area, this facility is the prototype for makerspaces in community libraries.
  • Katy Makerspace: great capability, great community, convenient access, west side — need we say more?
  • MakerBarn: a great place to mix real-world making with country spirit — lot’s of great things happen here!
  • MakerHealth at UTMB Health: this is the first makerspace in a hospital in the US! A brilliant combination of capability and opportunity capture for primary-care givers, it represents real innovation in health tech and part of the MakerHealth family of programs.
  • MakrU Bus: this fun well-equipped rolling makerspace can come to you! Teachers and educators seeking a quick start to the maker education experience should get to know the MakrU Bus.
  • Neighborhood Centers: the largest community service organization in Houston sees the potential of the Maker Movement too. Come talk with them about their plans.
  • Proto Makerspace: another one of the excellent community-based makerspaces around the Houston area, this one serves the North side, especially around Spring and The Woodlands. A special focus is projects for kids and girls.
  • Techno Chaos: if you want to design a makerspace for a school, library or community organization, Techno Chaos has the maker education experience to help you succeed!
  • TX-RX Labs: the largest hackerspace (aka “makerspace”) in Texas and the oldest in Houston, TX-RX has an abundance of tools, resources and community to help you get started on just about anything
  • Various Schools: many schools around the Greater Houston Area have internal makerspaces for use by students and teachers. Several will be proudly showing examples at Maker Faire!

Education

20150523_101006We can all imagine a world in the future full of technical marvels and improvements to quality of life. But who will design and build that future? Preparing our youth to be the creators of an amazing future is the focus of many education strategies, including STEM, STEAM, 21st century skills, computational thinking and technical literacy, project-based learning, and vr-gaming-625x350makerspace education.

Clearly, there’s a lot going on in education today! While some may see some of this as fads that come and go, we believe things are moving quickly and t5421861fd1ba8hat tremendous and important opportunities are emerging. That’s why we focus on elements of STEM and STEAM education each year, and offer Houston Mini Maker Faire as the best showcase of makerspace education available in Texas. Our goal is to provide educators 20160728_130814with important new information and experiences that you can adapt and adopt into your classrooms to meet your objectives for education enrichment.

Please consider these planned exhibits throughout Houston Mini Maker Faire — these are just a few of the highlights available at this event:

  • Virtual Reality (VR): this is a new fast-developing area and it’s not all hype. Get real hands-on experience in our VR exhibits, especially the demo of Google Expeditions VR for education.
  • Health Tech is very important for the Houston economy and is the focus of extensive innovation, sometimes from surprising sources. This area will continue to be important for decades, and is therefore a great topic for student education, experience and development. At Houston Mini Maker Faire you can learn more about these opportunities from real experts and startups in the field. Some of your most-brilliant students will go into this field — learn how to help them begin innovating now.
  • Power Up Houston Hackathon models an excellent event structure to build student energy and participation in creative problem-solving and solution development, while developing 21st century skills and technical literacy. There’s still time for you and your students to enroll in the Hackathon event at Houston Mini Maker Faire; click here to learn more.
  • Robotics: competitive educational robotics programs are the tried-and-true standard for highly-engaging project-based learning. Houston Mini Maker Faire offers you the opportunity to gain deep insights into the widest variety of robotics programs of any event in Texas. And did you know the largest robotics competition in the world — nearly on the scale of the Super Bowl — will be in Houston in April 2017? Learn how you and your students can get fully involved as preparations begin for this inspirational event!
  • Makerspaces are one of the “hottest” trends for schools and libraries right now. Learn what teachers and students are really doing there, what their successes and challenges have been, and how to get started effectively — including how to spend those precious education funds wisely. Real people who have actually done the work are there to talk to at length.
  • Creativity is core to STEAM education models, and Maker Faire is designed to be a showcase of creativity! For further investigation here we recommend the many Arts & Crafts exhibitors and Creativity Shell, a new sewing makerspace in Houston.
  • Urban Agriculture is literally a hotbed of innovation right now — and fertile ground for new investigations and projects with students.
  • The IDEAS Pitch Competition (with HCC) is a model of how to get students thinking about real-world opportunities and problems and make solutions happen. There will be follow-up opportunities with HCC.
  • Drones: yes, they’re great for STEM education too!
  • Design Thinking will be everywhere as it’s demonstrated by applied projects across too many categories to list here. Prominent displays will be in the exhibits of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, and the huge area presenting the capabilities and projects of Houston Community College.

Additional specific exhibits with education components include:

  • Barnes & Noble Pop-Up Shop featuring product demonstrations and check out the latest Make: Magazine, products, and books. [Items for sale.]
  • Bechtel “Engineers Without Borders” explores how engineering is applied in practical ways to make the world a better place.
  • ChickTech (at the Proto Makerspace booth): tech project and robotics teams for girls.
  • Children’s Museum of Houston:  The Chevron-Houston Texans Maker Annex is a place for children to invent, construct and showcase their work, with access to a wide range of tools and education experiences. Several maker learning activities will be available at Maker Faire.
  • Creativity Shell: Interactive Sewing Station and projects for girls.
  • Electrical Circuits Hands-On Learning (by David Sproles, retired engineer)
  • eNABLE Chapter at the University of Houston seeks to acquaint more people with the noble cause that eNABLE is devoted to. They plan to demonstrate assembling a prosthetic hand and possibly engaging attendees in the process, along with displaying a fully assembled prosthetic hand or two.
  • FilaCube will proudly produce 3D print filaments in Houston, TX. We will provide 3D pens for kids to test our filaments for free.
  • FIRST in Texas: FIRST is a hands-on, mentor-based program by design that allows for a safe environment to explore engineering, design, fabrication, programming (technical), as well as the business side of developing a start-up (business models/plans, marketing plans, presentations, communication, outreach) – the soft skills. Learn about the FIRST Robotics Championship (April 2017, in Houston) and how to get involved.
  • Fort Bend County Libraries will soon offer the ability for patrons to 3D print in many of their locations.
  • Harmony Public Schools “DIY Education by STEM SOS Model” is a rigorous, interdisciplinary, standards-focused, and engaging STEM teaching approach that is teacher-facilitated, student-centered and directed through sets of project- and inquiry-based maker projects. STEM SOS Model embraces Maker Movement and incorporates Maker Culture into its educational approach. We will be sharing our experiences starting maker spaces in schools and demonstrate example DIY projects hoping to inspire like-minded educators, parents and community members.
  • Harris County Public Libraries (incl. Freeman Branch): they started the “makerspace-in-a-library” strategy in Houston, and are a leader in helping you get started as makers!
  • Houston Community College (HCC) will show the largest exhibit we’ve ever had in Houston, with abundant information, insight and inspiration! Check out the IDEAS Pitch Competition, the many showcases of HCC capability, and the wide variety of fascinating student projects.
  • Houston Public Library: We will display one of our DIY activities (makey makey, paper circuits or Little Bits).
  • IdeaLab Kids
  • IDEAS Pitch Competition (at the HCC area) has many proposed projects in the education space.
  • Makeblock (at the Techno Chaos booth): come play with these low-cost rugged programmable robots! Makeblock products represent a new peak in value of price-performance. A good exhibit for teachers, parents and children wanting to learn more about educational robotics.
  • MakeCrate: Come build a circuit with MakeCrate. Learn how to power LEDs and buzzers using Arduino and our step-by-step, teacher designed instructions.
  • MakerHealth is dedicated to providing tools and democratized access to medical fabrication across the globe. At the MakerHealth exhibit, you’ll build custom telehealth systems powered by Raspberry Pi boards and create a smart inhaler using MakerHealth Kits! Learn about diagnostics, prosthetics, hospital maker spaces, MakerNurses and Arduinos in the clinic!
  • MakerHealth at UTMB Health: this is the first makerspace in a hospital in the US! A brilliant combination of capability and opportunity capture for primary-care givers, it represents real innovation in health tech and part of the MakerHealth family of programs.
  • Maker Maven will have a makerspace inside of the booth featuring hands on activities and information on makerspace kits, activities, and more!
  • PCs for Me is run by 13 year old entrepreneur and maker, Ethan Saadia. He designs and sells kits and accessories for the Raspberry Pi, a powerful computer the size of a credit card. We encourage both kids and adults to become makers and learn computer science as well as provide those already maker-savvy with additional tools to build exciting projects. [Items for sale.]
  • PolyPrinter 3D Printers is a demonstration of 3D printers manufactured in Texas that are very popular with schools and libraries.
  • Protein Bracelets by Science ACES: Come learn the basics of how proteins are made while making a fun bracelet you can use to teach others about all that proteins do!
  • Robotics Education & Competition Foundation will show both static and interactive VEX and VEX IQ robots.
  • Robot Mastery LLC: Elementary School, Middle School, High School. It’s never too early to take an interest in robotics! Come see how one high school student has gathered many like minded peers and parents to create wonderful opportunities for robotics education.
  • Sabine Pass ISD: In our booth, we will show off our 3D printing, drones, Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, Makey Makeys, and other things we have used in our class. We will have things that people can look at as well as some hands on demonstrations.
  • San Jacinto College – South Campus: the Engineering Design Graphics Department will demonstrate how their education programs can help you develop core skills for innovation and design.
  • SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development) is Schlumberger’s education outreach program. Join us for hands on activities building brush bots and paper circuits!
  • Sustainable Water: learn about the daily challenges of gaining access to clean water in many parts of the world, and how the ingenuity and “can do” of Houston can bring relief.
  • Techno Chaos: if you want to design a makerspace or a maker education program for a school, library or community organization, Techno Chaos has the maker education experience to help you succeed!
  • University of Houston Industrial Design Labs will exhibit several projects that show the power of design that has enabled them to be a global leader in this area.
  • Usbourne Books & More sells children’s Books by Usborne Books and Kane/Miller. Many styles of books (board books, picture books, educational, etc.) for all age ranges – from newborn thru teen years
  • Wee Warhols art classes will help children develop fine motor skills, expand creativity, introduce many different mediums, and promote self esteem.

Health Tech

kits2Medicine and health are very big in Houston and essential to the local economy! With all this interest, focus and capability you’d expect to see innovation happening — and indeed it is, sometimes in surprising places. Visit this large new set of exhibits to see how maker technology and innovators are helping build a future of better health.

Planned exhibits currently include (note: we anticipate additions, so please check back for updates):

  • eNABLE Chapter at University of Houston: eNABLE is that amazing nonprofit foundation that is 5421861fd1ba8using 3D technology, open design and a web-based infrastructure to deliver more affordable, quality, sustainable prosthetic rehabilitative care to underserved populations of enable-the-future-3d-printedindividuals. Get upclose insight into how this work is done and the 3D-printed prosthetic hands are built at this exhibit. The Innovation Lab at the HCPL Freeman Branch Library exhibit has been helping this new eNABLE chapter get started and will have additional insights. And PolyPrinter (also an exhibitor) is loaning them a 3D printer so they can demonstrate project build activities. (Note for teachers: eNABLE projects are an excellent way to get students directly involved in how health tech innovation is happening today.)
  • Haptigo will show a navigational vest that guides pedestrians through the use of vibro-tactile sensors and a smartphone application.
  • arduphotoThe MakerHealth exhibit will include examples of health making from the MakerHealth network (hospitals and agencies across the country), which includes nursing, clinicians, patients, and caregivers. This exhibit is led by Jose Gomez-Marquez, who leads the Little Devices Lab at MIT and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in medical technologies. He will demonstrate the use of MakerHealth prototyping kits (tip to teachers and students: this is a fantastic education opportunity!) and will also discuss the MakerNurse curriculum.
  • makernurseMakerHealth Space at UTMB (Galveston) is the first makerspace in a hospital in the US! A brilliant combination of capability and opportunity capture for primary-care givers, it neosensory-macrofab-1represents real innovation in health tech and is part of the MakerHealth family of programs.
  • Neosensory (co-founded by Houston neuroscientist David Eagleman) is a wearable technology startup that is working on a product that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to perceive sound using their sense of touch through ocurhythm“sensory augmentation”.
  • OcuRhythm has  developed glasses that use light therapy to correct your circadian rhythm (which controls your sleep patterns)!
  • picowearPicowear: innovative convenient small wearable monitor to protect you and your children from overexposure to the sun.
  • The TMC Innovation Institute (aka “TMCx”) offers companies access to the resources and expertise of the largest 920x920medical center in the world to drive health and life science advancements. By uniting promising innovators with the best minds in academia, science and medicine, TMC helps companies streamline the development of therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device and digital health breakthroughs. TMCx will showcase several of its current startup projects with ideas and examples that can keep you busy for hours!

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 The Future Of STEM Education

We can all imagine a world in the future full of technical marvels and improvements to quality of life. But who will design and build that future? Preparing our youth to be the creators of an amazing future is the focus of many education strategies, including:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math): emphasis on knowledge, problem solving, engineering disciplines and process
  • STEAM (STEM + “Arts”): STEM, with additional focus on creativity, design and exploration
  • 21st Century Skills: core competencies for the modern workforce, especially creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving
  • Computational thinking, digital literacy, technical literacy: preparing students to be able to use current and future technology to solve real-world problems
  • Project-based learning: adding hands-on projects to STEM curriculum to increase effectiveness and engagement
  • Makerspace education: hands-on creative experiential learning to build functional technical literacy on top of a STEAM base

Clearly, there’s a lot going on in education today! While some may see some of this as fads that come and go, we believe things are moving quickly and that tremendous and important opportunities are emerging. That’s why we focus on elements of STEM and STEAM education each year, and offer Houston Mini Maker Faire as the best showcase of makerspace education available in Texas.

Think of Maker Faire as a smorgasbord or buffet, full of interesting options and choices. The information and experiences at Houston Mini Maker Faire can give you better insight into what to invest your valuable time and money into, to achieve your objectives for education. This is useful both for parents who are confronted with so many options for kits, after-school classes, camps and so on — and for teachers, librarians and administrators trying to make informed decisions about how to best set up a makerspace or similar at their facility, and what programs and experiences to use to increase the impact of STEM education.

And what’s really impressive about Houston Mini Maker Faire is the scale and variety of exhibits. Here are just a few examples (click here for more info):

  • Learn about drones. What’s their potential for STEM education?
  • Are there practical applications of VR for education? We will have real-world examples of VR that you may not have even heard of yet, but need to know about. (Stay tuned for the big announcements here.)
  • Robotics: we continue our “tradition” of exhibiting the widest variety of robotics in Texas, with many new examples and kits you can learn about. Find out how to get involved as a teacher or a parent, and learn about the huge things happening in educational robotics in Texas.
  • New topical areas, such as Health Tech and Urban Gardening/Hyperlocal Food Sourcing/Aquaponics will be there, with many interesting opportunities for education content and activities.
  • IDEAS startup pitch competition: how do we help students act on their ideas to create new businesses and make the world a better place? This real event by HCC will model how to make this happen (sign up now to get involved).
  • Power Up Houston Hackathon: a hackathon is a great way to get students active and focused on real-world creativity and solutions. Participate, or observe and see the magic happen live!
  • Learn about tech and creativity components you can add into curriculum to promote technical literacy, STEM and STEAM: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, IoT (Internet of Things), wearables, sewing, new science demos, kits, crafts, e-textiles, and more. In many cases you can try them out, right at Maker Faire!

One thing that’s very unique about Maker Faire is that it’s more about showing and sharing than selling. Yes, there are a few quality vendors there that you can purchase items from if desired, but you never have to worry about “arm twisting” and high-pressure sales tactics. In most cases, you can talk to the expert — the person who actually did the work — right there at the event! And of course, Houston Mini Maker Faire is about much more than STEM education — you could easily find great highly-useful ideas built by an artist or innovator who wasn’t even thinking about education impact at the time! So put your “explorer hat” on and come out and see how all these bright minds have put together examples of creativity, education and inspiration!

Building The Future Of STEM Education

20150523_101006We can all imagine a world in the future full of technical marvels and improvements to quality of life. But who will design and build that future? Preparing our youth to be the creators of that amazing future is the focus of many education strategies, including STEM, STEAM, computational thinking / technical literacy, and makerspace education. Clearly there’s a lot going on in education today! That’s why we focus on important elements of STEM and STEAM education each year, and offer Houston Mini Maker Faire as the best showcase of makerspace education available in Texas. Read the full blog on this topic here to gain deeper insight into our plans for Maker Faire.

dsc_2907Think of Maker Faire as a smorgasbord or buffet, full of interesting options and choices. The information and experiences at Houston Mini Maker Faire can give you better insight into what to invest your valuable time and money into, to achieve your objectives for education. This is useful both for parents who are confronted with so many options for kits, after-school classes, camps and so on — and for teachers, librarians and administrators trying to make informed decisions about how to best set up a makerspace or similar at their facility, and what programs and experiences to use to increase the impact of STEM education.

dsc_2779And what’s really impressive about Houston Mini Maker Faire is the scale and variety of exhibits (read the full blog to get insights into the many new topic areas planned for this year’s event!) In many cases you can try the examples out, right at Maker Faire! Another thing that’s very unique about Maker Faire is that it’s more about showing and sharing than selling. You don’t have to worry about being pursued by vendors; instead, in most cases, you can talk directly with the expert — the person who actually did the work — right there at the event! And of course, Houston Mini Maker Faire is about much more than STEM education — you could easily find great highly-useful ideas built by an artist or innovator who wasn’t even thinking about education impact at the time! So put your “explorer hat” on and come out and see how all these bright minds have put together examples of creativity, education and inspiration!