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Maker Life Stories University of Texas El Paso part 2

Maker Life Stories University of Texas El Paso part 2

April 8, 2022

This part 2 of the sessions with the energized, knowledgeable and maker minded individuals from the UTEP Makerspace.

Hosted by: Madan Mohan, Spark Specialist 2022

Guests:

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George Molina

George Molina is a Junior majoring in Computer Science studying at the University of Texas at El Paso with a specialization for video game development. His specialty is creating new experiences for students in game design, this includes Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

He currently works at the University as an Enterprise Mc/Pc Support Specialist where he helps manage the GAIA makerspace, working on student/resource development as well as assist in managing the department’s campus wide classroom support operations.

Alongside his regular duties he is the President/Founder of Bandit Game Studio, a game development studio organization operating out of the university. The game studio focuses on creating games that are not only fun but challenging for members to develop, this includes developing for Extended Reality platforms. In conjunction with creating games the studio also focuses on providing educational opportunities for members of the community to learn about game development, examples include giving workshops on game development related topics and giving week long trainings to local k-12 educators on gamification in the classroom.

But his passion for game development does not end there, he is also a Research Assistant with the Computer Science department at the university, working on developing a game to help encourage bilingual (specifically Spanish - English) middle school students to join STEM related fields. His team working with a local school district to incorporate the game into their curriculum.

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Alejandra Maciel

Alejandra Maciel is a Computer Scientist, currently working on getting her Masters degree. She works as an Instructional Technologist within Learning Environments (LE) at the University of Texas at El Paso. At LE she helps manage the GAIA Makerspace, as well assist faculty enhance and adapt their course curriculums to be innovative and immerse the technologies and resources provided by GAIA. She also works developing new Audio Visual (AV) systems to path the way for a “Connected” education model, which allows all classes, meetings, workshops and events to be hybrid and extends the audience reach.

Throughout her time working for LE, she has developed skills in 3D design and 3D printing, as well as in fabrication tools, computerized control machines such as CNC and laser engraving, among others. She is also certified as a Q-SYS Reflect Enterprise Manager Technician, Extron AV Associate, Extron Control Specialist and Apple Teacher.

Aside from her work endeavors, Alejandra is a Co-Founder and Administrative Studio Head of Bandit Game Studio. Bandit is a college student-led Game Development student organization with a real industry-based structure that was founded in the middle of the pandemic on 2020. The organization focuses on mentoring members acquire the necessary skills to start developing and providing resources and opportunities to the community, El Paso, Texas. The organization has deployed an Augmented Reality mobile application for the makerspace and is currently working on a Virtual Reality game, both in which Alejandra contributed as an Animator, Web Developer and Programmer.

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Randy Anaya

Randy Anaya is an Instructional Technologist in the Learning Environments Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. He Received a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on the use of Art and Technology in Teaching and Learning in UTEP, a BA in Media Advertising at UTEP and a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia design from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Randy works on research and development of applying the creative process, career exploration, resiliency and skill acquisition to workshops, trainings and student engagement through the GAIA Makerspace. Currently doing extensive research and deployment of emerging technologies to redefine the classroom, mentoring and excellence through student interaction as well as promoting student growth and achievement through the GAIA Makerspace and Personal Learning Experiences which showcase the achievements, research and overall excellence that UTEP students offer to the world.

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Hector Lugo

Hector Lugo works as Senior Instructional Technologist at The University of Texas at El Paso. Mr. Lugo’s vision is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to students, with easy access and constant immersion with trending technology such as 3D design and print in order to expand their professional potential. Hector strongly agrees on the idea to develop, oversee and assess engaging students in expanding their knowledge, creativity and contributing the community with heavy project based learning assignments; such ideas can be possible with the new expansion space of a unique makerspace that could bring infinite possibilities.

 

Sound Production: Madan Mohan

Producer: Judy Hunter, Jake Jacobson

 
Maker Life Stories: University of Texas El Paso

Maker Life Stories: University of Texas El Paso

March 17, 2022

This one of 2 sessions with the energized, knowledgeable and maker minded individuals from the UTEP Makerspace.

Hosted by: Madan Mohan, Spark Specialist 2022

Guests:

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George Molina

George Molina is a Junior majoring in Computer Science studying at the University of Texas at El Paso with a specialization for video game development. His specialty is creating new experiences for students in game design, this includes Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

He currently works at the University as an Enterprise Mc/Pc Support Specialist where he helps manage the GAIA makerspace, working on student/resource development as well as assist in managing the department’s campus wide classroom support operations.

Alongside his regular duties he is the President/Founder of Bandit Game Studio, a game development studio organization operating out of the university. The game studio focuses on creating games that are not only fun but challenging for members to develop, this includes developing for Extended Reality platforms. In conjunction with creating games the studio also focuses on providing educational opportunities for members of the community to learn about game development, examples include giving workshops on game development related topics and giving week long trainings to local k-12 educators on gamification in the classroom.

But his passion for game development does not end there, he is also a Research Assistant with the Computer Science department at the university, working on developing a game to help encourage bilingual (specifically Spanish - English) middle school students to join STEM related fields. His team working with a local school district to incorporate the game into their curriculum.

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Alejandra Maciel

Alejandra Maciel is a Computer Scientist, currently working on getting her Masters degree. She works as an Instructional Technologist within Learning Environments (LE) at the University of Texas at El Paso. At LE she helps manage the GAIA Makerspace, as well assist faculty enhance and adapt their course curriculums to be innovative and immerse the technologies and resources provided by GAIA. She also works developing new Audio Visual (AV) systems to path the way for a “Connected” education model, which allows all classes, meetings, workshops and events to be hybrid and extends the audience reach.

Throughout her time working for LE, she has developed skills in 3D design and 3D printing, as well as in fabrication tools, computerized control machines such as CNC and laser engraving, among others. She is also certified as a Q-SYS Reflect Enterprise Manager Technician, Extron AV Associate, Extron Control Specialist and Apple Teacher.

Aside from her work endeavors, Alejandra is a Co-Founder and Administrative Studio Head of Bandit Game Studio. Bandit is a college student-led Game Development student organization with a real industry-based structure that was founded in the middle of the pandemic on 2020. The organization focuses on mentoring members acquire the necessary skills to start developing and providing resources and opportunities to the community, El Paso, Texas. The organization has deployed an Augmented Reality mobile application for the makerspace and is currently working on a Virtual Reality game, both in which Alejandra contributed as an Animator, Web Developer and Programmer.

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Randy Anaya

Randy Anaya is an Instructional Technologist in the Learning Environments Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. He Received a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on the use of Art and Technology in Teaching and Learning in UTEP, a BA in Media Advertising at UTEP and a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia design from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Randy works on research and development of applying the creative process, career exploration, resiliency and skill acquisition to workshops, trainings and student engagement through the GAIA Makerspace. Currently doing extensive research and deployment of emerging technologies to redefine the classroom, mentoring and excellence through student interaction as well as promoting student growth and achievement through the GAIA Makerspace and Personal Learning Experiences which showcase the achievements, research and overall excellence that UTEP students offer to the world.

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Hector Lugo

Hector Lugo works as Senior Instructional Technologist at The University of Texas at El Paso. Mr. Lugo’s vision is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to students, with easy access and constant immersion with trending technology such as 3D design and print in order to expand their professional potential. Hector strongly agrees on the idea to develop, oversee and assess engaging students in expanding their knowledge, creativity and contributing the community with heavy project based learning assignments; such ideas can be possible with the new expansion space of a unique makerspace that could bring infinite possibilities.

 

Sound Production: Madan Mohan

Producer: Judy Hunter, Jake Jacobson

Maker Life Stories: Dallas Makerspace

Maker Life Stories: Dallas Makerspace

September 24, 2021

In this series we engage Makers from all areas of the maker movement to share how successful makerspaces' have forged their story. Makerspaces are unique to their community, and grow based on those who use them.

The Dallas Makerspace is a hugely successful 501(c)(3) non-profit shared community space. The community of artists, tinkerers, makers, and so forth that make up the members of the Dallas makerspace give it a unique fabric of resources and knowledge to attract and maintain membership. In this episode we have one of the lead volunteers that help keep the Dallas Makerspace operating to learn about how they have built the community, support, and facility to meet the needs of their makers.

 

Guest: James Hennigson- James has more than twenty years of industry experience, with leadership experience as the head of Integer's Ice House retail lab. At The Integer Group James is the Senior Director of Innovation, and leads an innovation lab specifically created to focus on rapid prototyping and strategic innovation for engaging retail experiences that drive commerce.

As a board member of the Dallas Makerspace James oversee the daily operations of 16 labs and workshops to provide 24/7 operations for one of the largest makerspaces in the world.

Host Team: JP Abah and Danielle Da Costa

Sound Production: Steven Sparkman

Producer: Judy Hunter

Maker Life Stories: Oklahoma University: Tom Love Innovation HUB

Maker Life Stories: Oklahoma University: Tom Love Innovation HUB

June 11, 2021

The maker movement has sparked a need for multidisciplinary centers of creativity across the globe. These creative centers -commonly called makerspaces, come to life with the cumulation of tools and resources that foster making through hands-on learning.

In this podcast series, we will take a deep dive into the world of making and explore the inspiration, drawbacks and success stories of makerspaces in higher education and beyond. This episode we talk to the Fabrication Lab Director Brandt Smith with the Oklahoma University Tom Love Innovation HUB.

Located in Norman, OK the OU Tom Love Innovation HUB is the second space in our Maker Life Series. The Innovation HUB has a unique approach to including a makerspace, fabrication or fab lab with entrepreneurship. 

 

Guests: Brandt Smith- Brandt Smith oversees the Fabrication Lab and spearheads all Lab initiatives. His leadership has generated several internal and external projects for the Fabrication Lab, most notably the production of modified personal protective equipment during the initial Covid-19 outbreak.

Host Team: JP Abah and Danielle Da Costa

Sound Production: Steven Sparkman

Producer: Judy Hunter

 

Maker Life Stories: University of Texas at Arlington FabLab

Maker Life Stories: University of Texas at Arlington FabLab

May 10, 2021

The University of Texas at Arlington FabLab

 

The maker movement has sparked a need for multidisciplinary centers of creativity across the globe. These creative centers -commonly called makerspaces, come to life with the cumulation of tools and resources that foster making through hands-on learning.

Located in Arlington, Tx the UTA FabLab is a prime example of such creative hubs for students. Here, students can fabricate computer-aided designs (CAD) through 3D printing, cut and etch with CNC machines, work with textiles through sewing and embroidering, and so much more. The UTA FabLab is highlighted as being the first MIT-affiliated Fab Lab in a Texas university and has helped ignite the spread of makerspaces.  

In this podcast series, we will take a deep dive into the world of making and explore the inspiration, drawbacks and success stories of makerspaces in higher education and beyond.

 

Guests:

Morgan Chivers graduated from San Jose State University (2011) with four simultaneously conferred degrees: BA History, BA Global Studies, BFA Photography, BFA Spatial Arts (minors: Anthropology, Music, Religious Studies, German, Environmental Studies). Morgan earned an MFA in Glass/Intermedia (2015) at the University of Texas Arlington, where he is now the FabLab librarian and artist-in-residence, collaborating with faculty to integrate making and digital fabrication into curriculum across a beautifully diverse campus. As an author, Morgan has published about his studio practice, pedagogy, and the innovative work of the UTA FabLab, regularly presenting at conferences nationally and internationally. 

Jeffrey McCulley is the FabLab Coordinator of the UTA FabLab at the University of Texas at Arlington. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. While attending grad school, he worked at the UNT makerspace as a student worker and fell in love how makerspaces are uniquely placed to enable people from all backgrounds to come together to learn new things, collaborate on ideas and projects, and use equipment they normally wouldn’t be able to access. Jeffrey now works in the UTA FabLab to coordinate outreach events for community members and supervise student employees while helping to further develop their skill sets and abilities as student leaders.

Katie Musick Peery is the director of the UTA FabLab at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. She provides leadership around the development, management, and continuous improvement of the lab.  Katie has published on diversifying makerspace student hiring and best practices for makerspace training to increase the impact and efficacy that makerspaces can have on a college campus.  Her grant work and research are primarily focused on integrating maker literacies into higher education curricula.

 

Host Team: JP Abah and Danielle Da Costa

Sound Production: Steven Sparkman

Producer: Judy Hunter

Maker Mindset Series: Making Across Generations

Maker Mindset Series: Making Across Generations

April 26, 2021

Join the MindSpark Podcast team on a journey to explore maker mindsets across generations. We’ll speak to a multigenerational family who instilled a tinkering, explorative approach to navigating the world and mindset in their home. In this episode our guest will talk about the ways creating and making have influenced them and their family.

 

Guests: Raul Flores, Pamela Flores, Hanna Flores

Raul Flores, Software Engineer, Artist, and Maker

Pamela Flores, Travel Specialist University of North Texas, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Artist

Hanna Flores:

Hi! My name is Hanna, and I'm graduating this semester with a Computer Science degree. I love working in a makerspace because it allows me to learn skills I would never have been able to learn otherwise. In addition, the flexibility of a makerspace has allowed me to turn my position into a software development role that still benefits the makerspace as a whole. I grew up in a creative home with parents who encouraged my exploration from the very beginning. The garage is a woodshop, and the living room is a seamstress' paradise. My home has always been a makerspace of my own, and working in a makerspace has been the most natural and enjoyable position I can imagine. To live and work in a place that always encourages trying something new just to see if it will work has made me happier than I could have ever hoped for, and I aim to be active in the community of makerspaces for the rest of my life! 

Electronic Music and Making

Electronic Music and Making

April 2, 2021

Join The Spark Spring 2021 Co-hosts Cameron and Alondra to learn about the field of Electronic Music!

 

Hosts:

C. Driller:

Hello!

My name is Cameron. I’m a biochemistry and technical writing student at the University of North Texas and I’ve been a maker at the Spark since June of 2018. My expertise in the makerspace is based around 3D printing, sensors, and laser cutting.

I enjoy listening to different kinds of music while I work, but most of my work playlists switch between types of electronic music and oldies. This fact is one of the reasons why I decided to work on the electronic music episode of the podcast since I wanted to learn more about the genre I listen to.

 

A. Lopez:

My name is Alondra Lopez, and I'm a Knowledge Specialist at the Spark Makerspace since 2019. At the Spark, I mostly focus on creating blog posts and teaching and training textile-based equipment such as the cricut, embroidery, and sewing machines. I'm a senior Media Arts major and Marketing minor student at UNT. I love music, especially electronic music. I've always had an interest in that specific genre back in 2018, so it was nice to discuss it in this episode. 

 

Guest: Steven Sparkman

Hello, I’m Steven Sparkman. I am a media arts major that focuses on audio and 3d graphics. I work at the Spark teaching students about the different tools and software we offer. Also I run the podcast and twitch live streams for the Spark.

 

Producer: Judy Hunter and Steven Sparkman

Hackathons, more than security.

Hackathons, more than security.

March 22, 2021

In this episode, put together by a team a Makers and Specialists from The Spark makerspace at the University  of North Texas Libraries, our hosts talk about Hackathons. Really delving in to 3 main questions:

1) What is a hackathon?

2) What happens at a hackathon?

3) Why would you want to participate in a hackathon?

 

Hosts:

Hanna Flores, Spark Maker and UNT Senior in Computer Science

Tad Weerasignhe, Spark Maker and UNT Senior in Computer Science

Arthur Sliter, Spark Specialists and UNT Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering

Production Team:

Audio Production: 

Steven Sparkman, Spark Maker and UNT sophomore in Media Arts and Theatre

Welcome to UNT MindSpark Spring 2021

Welcome to UNT MindSpark Spring 2021

January 28, 2021

Welcome to UNT MindSpark Spring 2021 is an episode to introduce UNT MindSpark, the approach for the Spring 2021 semester, topics our student host teams will be delving in to, as well as our goal for this podcast. We will explore some of the things that have changed in The Spark Makerspace at UNT and how we are approaching making through the pandemic.

 

Host: JP Abah

JP is UNT Student, Lead, Ambassador, and Maker. He has been working in the makerspace at UNT for over three years, with a passion for the maker movement and the impact of experiential learning provided by the hands on learning in a makerspace. JP is a senior at UNT who is set to graduate later this year with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Data Analytics.

Producer and Guest: J. Hunter

The Operations Manager for The Spark Makerspace at the University of North Texas Libraries.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Training and Development and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from UNT, and has more than 20 years as a professional IT manager and has been with the UNT Makerspace since its inception.

As the operations manager, Judy is responsible for staff development, project management, the space transitions and technology advancements.   She has been instrumental in the success of the Libraries’ progress in these areas.

Producer and Editor: S. Sparkman

 

Changing of the Guards for UNT MindSpark

Changing of the Guards for UNT MindSpark

October 7, 2020

Please join the UNT Spark Makerspace as we bring you up to date with changes that happened between semesters and introduce to you the Fall 2020 team of hosts for UNT MindSpark Podcasts.

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