Design, Cut, Stick: STEAM learning with Vinyl Cutters and Other Subtractive Manufacturing Tools


Register here. TLC Credit: STEAM

Presenter(s): Kay Ramey, Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Psychology, Darrell Currington, Makerspace Facilitator 

Description: In this workshop, students will gain hands-on experience participating in and designing STEAM activities using vinyl cutters, laser cutters, and other subtractive manufacturing tools. For the hands-on STEAM challenge, students will get to choose between making a laser cut family crest or a vinyl sticker logo for the College of Ed. They will also learn about other subtractive manufacturing tools available in schools and will be provided with additional resources and ideas for activities they might facilitate in their classrooms. Finally, they'll have an opportunity to try designing their own STEAM activity with this group of tools. 

Please bring a laptop to the workshop if possible as you will need it for some of the hands-on and collaborative activities. 

Learning goals: 1. To become familiar with a variety of makerspace tools, technologies, and materials. 2. To develop the necessary skills and mindsets for facilitating integrated STEAM learning experiences for students. 3. To learn how to design and facilitate interest-driven, inclusive, and culturally sustaining STEAM activities.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
Kirkwood Regional Center
2301 Oakdale Boulevard, Coralville, IA 52241
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