Makerspace

Showcase Participates in Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire

Tminimakerfairehe Atomic Object Technology Showcase located in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) participated in the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire which was held August 20-21, 2016. The Maker Faire was held at the the Grand Rapids Public Museum  and the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering on the downtown campus of GVSU.

What is the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire?

“Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering capitalizing on the Maker movement for something entirely new.  Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and educational installations.”

Learn more about the Maker Faire

The showcase brought a variety of innovative #EdTech gadgets that included the following:

Look for us at next year’s Maker Faire, or stop by the showcase for a visit at GVSU!

Here are a few fun photos from this year’s event with Paul Wilson and Thomas Jackson, who are student Emerging Technology Specialists in the showcase!

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Technology Showcase talks Making as Learning in K12 Workshop

makingaslearning_workshop2016The Atomic Object Technology Showcase at Grand Valley State University participated in the “Making as Learning: A Three Day Workshop” from August 2-4 that was held at Coopersville High School. This workshop was sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Information’s Making in Michigan Libraries Project.

Here is the session description from the workshop:

“The showcase at GVSU provides faculty, staff, and students with an immersive and engaging environment to: interact, discover, learn, and share how innovative emerging technologies can enhance teaching and improve student learning at GVSU.  As part of the showcase, the university provides makerspace resources to encourage faculty and students to think differently about the possibilities of using technology. In this session, participants will learn about the showcase, experience video in 360 degrees, and learn about success stories in leveraging emerging technology at GVSU.”

Justin Melick, Digital Media Developer in eLearning and Emerging Technologies and Paul Wilson, Emerging Technologies Specialist in the Atomic Object Technology Showcase provided an overview of the showcase and the making solutions that are offered to faculty and students.  In addition, they demonstrated Microsoft HoloLens as well as 360 camera technology.