I came to UW- Stout in 2006 after spending 20 years teaching Technology Education at the K-12 level. I became intrigued by the idea of a Fab Lab and the potential it had for engaging students in emerging technologies. I like the fact that you are able to work with hands-on applications while investigating modern technologies and problem-solving processes. It is an approach that is exemplified by Seymour Papert and his constructionist philosophy.
I was fortunate enough to have gone through MIT’s Fab Lab Academy training. I am able to access UW-Stout’s Fab Lab which was installed in February of 2013. We have a Makerbot Replicator 2X, a 4′ x 8′ Shopbot, an Epilog Laser Engraver, a Modela mini-mill, and a vinyl cutter. I have been able to use these on personal projects and to develop workshop materials for K-12 teachers.
I am combining my personal passion for this digital fabrication lab with the expectation for research. I am particularly interested in process-based versus product-based curriculum approaches, andragogical teaching principles applied to learners from the millennial generation, and communication processes and networks.
Enough about me. What about you?