Making and Makerspaces in Electrical and Computer Engineering Education Workshop
Makerspaces attract many with strong interest in electrical and computer engineering (ECE)-related topics, including embedded systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and electronics, and many makers self-identify as having interests related to ECE. However, many university and community college makerspace facilities focus primarily on mechanical fabrication tools such as 3-D printers and laser cutters.
This highly interactive workshop will explore how making and makerspaces can help departments attract and retain students in ECE, explore how making and makerspaces can positively impact student learning, and provide individuals considering creating makerspaces methods to do so more effectively. This workshop is designed for chairs, faculty, instructors, and lab staff from universities and community colleges along with industry, researchers, and others with an interest in making and makerspaces.
Workshop sessions will include a panel on the current state of making in ECE featuring thought leaders from the maker community, ECE faculty and staff, industry, and research on making. Next, a session on "making with purpose" will engage attendees with panelists in an interactive discussion of how we can connect our makerspaces with communities to improve impact, recruitment, and retention. Over lunch, a hands-on making session will feature companies committed to making in ECE, followed by a workshop on opportunities for antiracist makerspaces. Finally, the workshop will end with an unconference to network and craft action plans for making at your institution.
Speakers and workshop facilitators include thought leaders from the Nation of Makers, Digi-Key, Cypress Semiconductor, Edge Impulse, Microchip, Arizona State, Bucknell, Navajo Technical University, the University of Illinois, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, UTEP, and the HacDC hackerspace. Funding for this workshop is provided through the National Science Foundation (EEC-1853158), with support from Arizona State University, Bucknell University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University
Assistant Director of Instructional Support
University of Illinois, Urbana-Chapaign
Makerspaces Workshop Schedule of Events
Friday, March 25