What is a makerspace? Find out March 4 at Abby campus library

As part of a current initiative to explore the role of academic makerspaces at UFV, the Library and Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies would like invite UFV faculty, staff, and students to a unique opportunity to observe a demonstration of makerspace activities facilitated by local educator and GearBots founder Dereck Dirom. This event will take place in the Abbotsford campus Library on Saturday, March 4th. UFV attendees are also invited to bring their children.

GearBots is a robotics engineering program for ages 9-15 that provides an engaging and innovative way to promote science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills. A number of other skills are also developed, such as problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, teamwork, time management, organizational, and design.

This event will focus on demonstrating the skills needed to learn how to code a robotics device, with past and current GearBots students offering to assume the role of teachers for UFV observers-turned-participants. Electronics activities and 3D printing will also be demonstrated. UFV attendees are encouraged to reflect on this event as a specific demonstration of what an increasing number of university students in the very near future will be capable of and what kinds of learning options they will be expecting from a post-secondary educational environment.

This event is also an opportunity to meet other interested UFV parties and begin or continue discussions about the many ways makerspace concepts and activities can augment the courses, programs, and general educational experience at UFV, including how existing UFV resources might be leveraged to this effect.

The Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies partners with and supports the GearBots program in a number of ways, including space allocation in the Trades and Technology facility for ongoing GearBots robotics and coding workshops and initiating a GearBots presence in the roster of UFV summer camps on both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses.

For more information about this event please contact Martin Warkentin (martin.warkentin@ufv.ca)

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