We are so excited to kickoff our third year participating in MakerEd’s Maker Corps program as a Host Site for Maker Corps Members! This summer we have two Maker Corps Members – Richelle & Laura – who will be joining us for summer programming. So far, these two have been motivated and enthusiastic and are off to an amazing start! They will both be working primarily with our Mini Makers Maker Camp, which is our elementary summer program, supporting exciting camps like filmmaking, 3D printing, and game design. In addition to working directly with youth, Laura and Richelle will also be working on an exciting e-textiles project during their designated Maker-in-Residence time this summer! Here’s a little more information about each of them, in their own words.
Hi everybody! My name is Richelle Vargas and I will be working with 1st through 5th graders as a Maker Corps Member this summer at DHF. I was born and raised in Miami, FL and just graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Interactive Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Next May, I will graduate with an MAT in Art Education.
This summer I am looking forward to sharing my curiosity of tech and tinkering with younger children. It inspires me so much to see little kids creating with and understanding technology at such a young age. DHF is a space that combines teaching, collaboration, art, and tech – in other words a great environment for me to become a better teacher and mentor. One last thing I’m excited about with Maker Corps is collaborating with Laura on our Maker-in-Residence project. We will be teaching ourselves together about wearable electronics, and then develop a lesson or project that will be able be taught to future students!
My name is Laura Wright and I am currently an industrial and interaction design student at Syracuse University. I am passionate about applying design thinking to a multitude of different problems and situations. I love design research and experimenting with new materials and software. When I’m not in design/maker world, I love being outside and doing a bunch of different outdoorsy activities.
I am extremely looking forward to see what the kids create this summer at DHF. I am excited to see all the different routes that each individual will take to reach an end goal. I am also looking forward to sharing my love for exercising creative muscles and engaging in hands on activities. I can’t wait to start planning curriculum for each different unit in Maker Camp.
The DHF staff have welcomed Laura and Richelle and we are all looking forward to working with them to deliver some of our best summer programming yet!