Ron is an expert UAV pilot and has high school kids doing government sponsored environmental inventorying. One project they are working on involves searching Alaska coastlines with UAVs trying to find (possibly radioactive) debris from the Japan Tsunami that has washed up on the shore. In a conference in Italy, a different team of 4 high school students won a NASA sponsored event competing against college teams. Their earthquake detection system was an incredible 'maker-like' project.
Makers@ Amherst Media: Ron Fortunato
At 2:30pm on Monday December 14, 2015, Makers at Amherst Media will hold public presentations of work by Makerspace members during the Fall. Presentations will include UMass Open Science students as well as participants of the weekly open drop-in session. We invite you to join us to see what we've been working on!
Makers @ Amherst Media recently hosted Ron Fortunato, president of Trillium Learning and a NASA Space Ambassador for the United States, in our studios. He gave a presentation on a teaching program he calls "A World Bridge" where teams of students take on team-based learning, flipped, service learning, problem-centered projects that involve "open science" and "making."
We are currently showing the video on channel 15 and it is available to stream on our website as part of the ongoing Makers @ Amherst Media series.
Makers @ Amherst Media (M@AM) was invited to help kick off the "National Week of Making" on June 12th and 13th at the National Makerfaire in Washington, D.C., Christine Olson, a doctoral student of communication at UMass, Liz Pongratz, an alumna of UMass' class of 2015, and Jim Lescault, director of Amherst Media, spent Friday and Saturday at the Makerfaire discussing the evolution of M@AM with visitors from throughout the country.
Christine Olson represented Makers at Amherst Media at Hack for Western Mass on June 6 and 7. This annual event, a celebration of the National Day of Civic Hacking, brings technologists together with community partners to solve local problems. During the hackathon, people organize into teams and build websites, apps, and other technology projects to support local non-profits. In addition, the hackathon includes a "Youth Hackathon" with demos in Scratch, Minecraft, and our Makerspace.