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Ron Fortunato Speaks to Makers @ Amherst Media

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.

M@AM at National Makerfaire

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.

Makers at Hack for Western Mass

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.

The Public Laboratory Develops Open Source Water Quality Sensors

A shrinking drinking water supply and expanding population are crucial concerns moving forward in the imminent future for many less developed countries.  In fact, over 1 billion people do not have proper access to drinkable water and even more experience severe water pollution contamination. Organizations and non-profits such as Public Laboratory are working to combat this issue by developing open source technology that provides cheap water quality information.  

Makers Win Award for Costumes

Josh Darling, Ethan Lebowitz, Morgan Miller, and Max Schweik from Makers at Amherst Media formed a team to participate in the 2014 Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee contest and won the best costume award for their round. Using Lilypads and LEDs provided by the UMass Public Service Endowment Grant, members programmed light-up hats that they wore, along with Makers T-Shirts. The questions were daunting and the competition was fierce.

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