This week we went to Logan to visit CacheMakers, an Makerspace lab for students.  While we were there we interacted with Girls Space Science, a group of 11-17 year old girls, who are learning about coding and programming.  Kevin Reeve, from Utah State University, leads the club through a series of different projects that involve electronics, engineering, and a variety of other STEM skills.  IMG_3249While we were there the girls were building high frequency attennas, with the purpose of tracking a remote beacon.  The girls assembled their attennas using a combination of PVC pipe, hose clamps, sections of a tape measure, and a saudered radio wire.  Once compelte, everyone used their attennas to find a hidden beacon in a nearby field. 

It was an incredible experience to see these girls working through complex problems with minimal adult interference (I mean help).  They were awesome.  It was a collaborative evnironment, as the girls all pitched in to help one another as they built their projects and performed the tasks.  I can only imagine the impact that CacheMakers is having in the lives of their participants.  I know it certainly opened my eyes to the potential of having Makerspaces as part of our learning environments.

Jared Covili

Jared Covili has been a regular UCET presenter and attendee since 2003 - when the UCET bug first bit him. Jared has been on the UCET board since 2008 and served as UCET President in 2011-2012. He is currently serving as ISTE Affiliate Rep. Jared works at UEN (tech training), the U of U (adjunct teaching), and Corwin Press (book writing and speaking).

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