VCAM Design + Making Collaborative
Last summer kicked off our inaugural Design + Making Collaborative, a eight-week immersion in design, prototyping, and digital fabrication in partnership with a community local organization. The goal of the program is to connect students and their design skills to area organizations to solve a problem presented by the organization. In addition students will be invited to explore their own design ideas as well. While some digital fabrication experience is preferred, the collaborative will also provide training in target areas to enhance skill sets and iterative design planning. Four students (working in two teams of two) will be fully funded for the eight week program that runs from June through July.
Over the summer of 2020 students partnered with members of E-Nable. E-Nable is a group of dedicated volunteers who work within the medical community to 3D print prosthetics. E-Nable will be providing guidance and feedback as students prototype a proposed medical device to be further elaborated within the summer structure. In addition, students will work with alumni volunteers and other makers in the community who will serve as mentors.
2021 Design + Making Fellowship Updates
The 2021 Design + Making Fellowship begins on June 1st and applications are open January 12th. That said, you can always reach out to me (Kent Watson, Maker Space Coordinator and Tech) with questions or to let me know if you are interested in the fellowship! It doesn't hurt to give me a heads up even before the application deadline. Contact Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Summer Partnership
This summer the Fellowship team will be partnering with Playful Learning Landscapes (PLL). PLL is committed to fostering the creation of playful learning infrastructure and activities in the everyday urban spaces where children and families gather. By infusing our cities with playful learning opportunities, we can enhance children’s cognitive and social development, better preparing them for success in the 21st-century.
Students participating in the summer fellowship will design, prototype and create playful learning landscapes. The work will be informed by the design principles and ethos of the PLL team. It will both be hands on and digital with the ultimate goal of creating safe and durable physical objects that encourage play.
- Tuesday, January 12, 2021: Applications Open at Noon
- Sunday, February 21, 2021: Application Deadline by 11:59 p.m.
- Monday, Feb 22, 2021: Committee Reviews Applications
- Tuesday, March 2, 2021 : Interviews begin
- Friday, March 12: Selected Fellows are Invited
- Tuesday, March 23: Acceptance Commitments Due
Last Year's Pilot Fellowship
Designing A Prosthetic Device
Ryan Quenemoen ’23, August Muller ’23 and Chengpei Li ’22 participated in the first Design + Making Fellowship. Students worked with E-Nable, an organization dedicated to 3D printing prosthetics, to design and prototype a prosthetic eating device.