Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Start at 1:00 by picking up your tour route in the Gore Rotunda
(Participants can take all three of this week’s maker workshops as a series or participate in any one or two of the sessions independently.)
This session will explore the tools of making through a tour of the following University of Delaware maker resources.
- Geotechnology Education Laboratory (GEL) in Penny Hall 203A
Guide: Michael O’Neal, Geological Sciences
The availability of open-source micro-controller kits that can be used to build simple digital devices to sense our environment sense has changed how we make observations in our daily life. Whether it’s a sensor that lets you know your basement is flooding or an array of sensors that tells you about global climate change, the technologies behind our observations are very similar at their core. In the Geotechnology Education Laboratory in Penny Hall, users will get a hands-on experience in sensing different aspects of their environment (moisture, temperature, and light) using Arduino micro-controllers.
- Design Studio (D Studio), 109 Spencer Lab
Guide: Dustyn Roberts, Mechanical Engineering
Introduction to laser cutting.
- BluePrint 3D Studio, 004 Smith Hall
Guides: Jevonia Harris & Pavani Vemuri, Academic Technology Services
Introduction to 3D printing
- Maker Studio, Studio Arts building (Ashley Pigford, Art & Design)
Guide: Ashley Pigford, Art & Design
Introduction to facilities dedicated to developing the next generation of artists, designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs, this facility includes a laser cutting, 3D printing, electronics lab and more.
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
Michael O’Neal’s research centers on finding unique ways to observe and characterize human-induced changes to the Earth’s surface, ranging in cause from deforestation to climate change. He employs technology such as 3D laser scanners to assess landscapes, drone-mounted cameras to collect custom aerial imagery, and environmental sensors to monitor attributes such as temperature, humidity, moisture, and others. Because commercially available technology rarely addresses the specific needs of his projects or field sites, his research group constantly adapts and modifies off-the-shelf equipment to suit their evolving field experiences and research needs.
Associate Professor, Art & Design
Ashley John Pigford, Associate Professor of Graphic and Interaction Design at the University of Delaware, applies design thinking to interrogate meaningful relationships between technology, materials and human experience. He received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 and his BS in Visual Communications from the University of Delaware in 1996. From 1996-2003 He had a successful career as co-founder and Creative Director of a design company in Los Angeles, CA. His notable design work includes motion graphics for Firefly TV series and DMX’s “Who We Be” music video, plus packaging design for Blink 182’s major label debut “Dude Ranch”. He has received research grants from the Center for Creativity, Craft and Design, the University of Delaware and the Creative Arts Council at Brown University, and a State of Delaware Established Artist Fellowship.
Assistant Professor, Instruction, Mechanical Engineering
Dustyn is a Philadelphia-based engineer and Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Delaware, where she teaches classes focused on interdisciplinary design and robotics. Dustyn holds a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Biomechanics & Movement Science from the University of Delaware, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from New York University.