In short, a makerspace can be defined as a place of hands-on learning, but its full definition will also depend on the environment in which it is deployed. Concepts underlying makerspace activities, such as collaboration, shared expertise, experimentation, problem-solving, creative exploration, to name but a few, translate into engaging and productive learning environments. Within the context of an academic institution, a particular value can be imparted to a makerspace culture by the occurrence of cross-disciplinary interactions.
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. 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 University 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
This event will take place in the Abbotsford campus Library from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 4th.
For more information about this event please contact Martin Warkentin (firstname.lastname@example.org)