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

Apr 9, 2024

06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Lindquist Center, North 166

240 South Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Please register here. BTLC Credit: IS, STEAM

Presenter(s): Kay Ramey, Assistant Professor, 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 make a vinyl cut design or logo of their choice. They will also learn about other subtractive manufacturing tools like laser cutters 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. 

Learning Objectives: 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. 

By registering for this event, you agree to be photographed or filmed for promotional purposes.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please email tlc@uiowa.edu  and we will work with you to make any accommodations. 

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