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Collab Lab 6: Makerspaces/FabLabs Part II

Thursday January 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Leveraging a Makerspace/FabLab for cross-disciplinary projects

Been thinking about how to use your Makerspace/FabLab as a catalyst for cross-disciplinary projects for your students? Come share your dreams, questions and ideas with others on the same journey. Join us on January 12th for a conversation to share ideas and experiences on what makes an effective project, how to get your colleagues involved, where to start, and how to get better.

Have a colleague from another discipline you’d like to collaborate with? Bring them along.

Among others, you’ll have a chance talk with:

Ben Dembroski – Manager Emerging Technology, MIAD
Ben Dembroski is a visual artist and technologist based in Milwaukee, Wi. He received his BFA in Sculpture from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2001. In 2002, he moved to Scotland to complete his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art (2004). He stayed there for nearly a decade working as an internationally exhibiting artist and software developer. He returned to Milwaukee in 2011 with a wife and two children in tow. In 2014, he returned to MIAD as the Sculpture Lab Technician. In 2015 he spearheaded the formation of MIAD’s openlab – a new space that explores how emerging technologies can be used in Art and Design.

Ben is comfortable working in a variety of sculptural methods, computer programming, physical computing, and lens-based image making. He’s primarily interested in how digital information works as material, and how it interfaces with the physical world. He tends to make robotic installations that address the topics of labor, intellectual property, and how society is affected by our use of digital technologies.

If you let him touch your computer, he may try to break it.

David Kaplan – Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

David’s research is concerned with multi-wavelength observations of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes, with strong representations of undergraduate and high school students. He is working to develop “tactile astronomy” modules that help students – especially those who are blind/visually impaired – improve astronomy comprehension and explore concepts in time-domain astrophysics. You may have met him at Maker Faire 2016 with his 3D prints of data.

Bill Pariso – Makerspace Program Developer, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum


5:30 – 6:00 Grab something eat and drink, say hello

6:00 – 8:30 Let’s learn from each other

Food and beverage will be provided. There is no charge for participation but space is limited.

The Workshop will be held at Ward 4, 333 North Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. Space provided courtesy of The Commons.


Thursday January 12, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Learn Deep


Ward 4
313 Plankinton Ave
Milwaukee, WI United States
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