Making with Purpose

Registration has now closed for this workshop.

Do you currently use makerspaces and desire to add the dimension of mindset? 

Are you considering the use of makerspaces and are interested in a complete set of associated learning outcomes?

Workshop: Making With Purpose

Teaching and Learning

This workshop offers the opportunity to hear from many different perspectives about different activities that can be done in your class to engage students in the entrepreneurial mindset, design, and engineering. It is great to have people from very different backgrounds to generate well-rounded projects.
- From a workshop survey

The below images are student artifacts from DIY Puzzle: Makerspace Technology for Rapid Prototyping.

DIY Puzzle: Makerspace Technology for Rapid Prototyping
DIY Puzzle: Makerspace Technology for Rapid Prototyping
DIY Puzzle: Makerspace Technology for Rapid Prototyping

Making With Purpose is about understanding and using the skills, craft, and art of making to foster a mindset in students as well as a skillset. 

You'll learn how to incorporate a complete set of educational objectives into makerspace activities, whether low or high-fidelity, inside or outside the classroom, and in a remote setup. The workshops emphasize the concurrent development of skillset and mindset, i.e. attitudes, dispositions, and motivations for undergraduate engineers. 

Event Information

This workshop has reached capacity.

Dates: August 2-5, 2021 (Agenda below)

Location: Virtual/Online

Cost: $1500.00

Registration Deadline: June 3, 2021

Cancellation Policy: If a participant cancels within 30 days of a workshop, the Kern Family Foundation may invoice the institution for a $150 cancelation fee to cover materials and other unrecoverable costs.

Workshop Agenda

Schedule subject to change

Day 1: August 2, 2021 (Monday)

  • 2-5 p.m. EDT

Day 2: August 3, 2021 (Tuesday)

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

Day 3: August 4, 2021 (Wednesday)

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

Day 4: August 5, 2021 (Thursday)

  • 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Your Workshop Guides

Meet the facilitators and coaches for your workshop journey:

Margot Vigeant

Margot Vigeant, Coach

Margot is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University. Her current work centers on engineering education research and specifically on the ways learning can be enhanced by active approaches like inquiry-based learning. She’s interested in the ways we can increase student engagement in engineering through active, collaborative, and problem-based learning approaches such as making, games, and entrepreneurship. She spearheaded Bucknell’s involvement with the White House Maker initiative and continues as the campus’ maker evangelist. Margot’s the mother of two teenagers and the proud owner of a excellent-condition 1992 Doctor Who Midway pinball machine.
Breigh Roszelle

Breigh Roszelle, Facilitator

Breigh currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Denver. She holds a PhD in Bioengineering and teaches in the fields of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and introduction to engineering. Her educational research interests include first-year engineering experiences, assessment, inclusive excellence, and active learning pedagogy, including project-based learning.
Michael Caston

Michael Caston, Facilitator

Michael is the Associate Professor of the Practice in Innovation and Product Design and Development in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department at the University of Denver. He conducts research and teaches in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. Michael is also the Executive Director of the Innovation Labs, a center for project-based, experiential learning center. He also serves as the Faculty Director for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community and Faculty Fellow for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Michael is a partner in a multidisciplinary design firm, CAMIC designs LLC. He revels in connecting students to high impact real world learning experiences.
Nate Siegel

Nate Siegel, Coach

Nate is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Bucknell University specializing in thermal and energy engineering. He has over two decades of experience developing energy technologies ranging from conventional gas turbines to advanced solar power and fuel production systems. His current interests include utility-scale solar power, energy conservation and efficiency, and the sustainable production of drinking water from atmospheric humidity. Dr. Siegel is also involved in the development and operation of MakerSpaces at Bucknell, and frequently works with students to develop hands-on, often entrepreneurial projects.
Gary Brooking

Gary Brooking, Facilitator

Gary received his BSc (Hons) from Cape Town University and worked for two years in the process control industry gaining his Pr-Eng. He completed an MSc in Bioengineering from Clemson University and his PhD from University of Virginia in Electrical Engineering. He returned to Zimbabwe to lecture at a new startup university where he was involved in the development of the new Electronic and Computer Engineering Department and was later was promoted to Director of ITS. He left academics to go into private practice where he established a number of regional companies primarily focused on information systems with special focus on education. After over 10 years in industry, he joined the University of Zimbabwe where he lectured in electrical engineering, building links between industry and academics which resulted in several sponsored student projects. He moved to Wichita State University as a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering to assist in creating clinical focused student projects as well as to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in students. To date, two companies have been established from these student projects. In 2018 moved to the Engineering Technology Department, where he is currently the Chair. The department also houses the new certificate-based program of Applied Computing.

Your Workshop Journey

FacDev Journey


Making With Purpose

You will be empowered to: 

  • Create a plan to incorporate EML into learning experiences by integrating makerspaces and/or making experiences
  • Connect student learning objectives to projects/assignments involving making/prototyping
  • Enhance traditional courses by integrating the entrepreneurial mindset (EM) through hands on making projects
  • Develop creative confidence in students through hands-on experiences
  • Develop familiarity with common makerspace processes and technologies
  • Provide students a method by which they can bridge the gap between idea and realization through the creation of physical artifacts
  • Teach students how to utilize physical artifacts as a medium for communication and making connections

Key Deliverables

  • Design and deploy a making-focused learning experience at your institution
  • Assess the effectiveness of your making-focused experience
  • Create a network of support as a community of practice
  • Share experiences and lessons learned with your workshop peers
  • Develop an Engineering Unleashed card that showcases your project

Examples of Workshop Content

Making at Wake Forest

Making with Purpose - Wake Forest Engineering

Will making activities themselves have an effect on student learning outcomes? Give students a broader perspective of instrumentation and implement EM more heavily into the course to better prepare students for senior Capstone.
Students Teaching Engineering- Making Products for Education

Students Teaching Engineering- Making Products for Education

Adapt this flexible hands-on project where students work in teams and engage with maker spaces to create an inexpensive visual aid that illustrates a class concept, then use it to teach someone! This card also received an Honorable Mention in the 2020 ASEE Best Card Competition.
Integrated Making

Integrated Manufacturing Project

Task students with the design and creation of a set of drink coasters and a container for them which integrates multiple technologies into a single project, while encouraging them to take on an entrepreneurial mindset and develop a design which adds value to the package as a whole.
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