2017 Make It! – Reserve your spot NOW

The ASEE abstract submission is still allowing entries, so submit a draft abstract placeholder ASAP to reserve a spot for your team(s) NOW!  You can submit a minimal abstract such as the following example:

Submit here: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/78/papers/new

Title: Maker: Title TBD
Abstract Text: This work is underway or will be done later.

Select the Manufacturing Division.

What is the Make It! Event?2016-make-it-0319a

We will be using a poster session as a Maker themed event. Participants are welcomed from all divisions of the society. The only rule is that you must build and bring something to show, display, or demonstrate during the session.


Students or student groups, as well as participants of all ASEE divisions are invited to participate, including the liberal arts and library divisions. Aside from technical work, the displays may also include personal hobbies.


We want to recognize all design and build activities in the truest form of the academic tradition of diverse opinions and expression. The basic caveats would be that it must be i) something that can be reproduced, ii) demonstrated, iii) of interest to at least some of an audience of students, faculty, and/or K-12, and iv) it was built by you, staff, and/or students. These projects can range from hard core technical design of mechanical/manufactured products to innovative techniques for textile work. An artistic flair is welcomed.


Mainly it is just fun to design, build, and share. But, the Maker community is a new main pipeline for gifted students of all types and their expression of making things using STEM knowledge and skills. It is a great way for engineering and technology programs to make themselves more approachable to the general public. 


2016-make-it-0377The Maker themed poster session will feature displays and demonstrations. To fit the ASEE approach, abstracts should be submitted that outline the topic. It is understood that the final details will be set in the Winter. The details and instructions will be submitted as the ‘paper’. These should include enough detail to allow others to recreate your work. The review process will recognize that these will not necessarily match the traditional academic paper. At the conference we are currently planning to use part of the poster exhibition space. If we receive a large number of submissions, additional space in the exhibition hall is planned for expansion.

How: The nitty gritty.

1. (Oct. 16) Submit an abstract to the Manufacturing division with a title that begins “MAKER: ___your title for the project to display___”. 


2. (Feb 5) Submit a draft paper that outlines the work and how to build it. It is understood that some details may be rough, but fill this in as well as possible. 

3. (Mar 19) The final paper is due.

4. (Jun 25 – 28, Columbus, Ohio) You should be prepared to set up and display and demonstrate during the session (day and time to be determined). A poster can be valuable for casual spectators as you demonstrate.

Sample Projects and Documents:

MAKER: Converting the Sketch of an Artifact into a Composite Bezier Curve and Producing it in the Boxford Milling Machine [view paper] Dr. Sangarappillai Sivaloganathan (United Arab Emirates University), Mr. Hayder Zulafqar Ali (University Instructor), Mrs. Iman Abdulwaheed (United Arab Emirates University), and Ms. Sayeda Abboud Al Ameri (United Arab Emirates University)

MAKER: Very Low-cost Experiments via 3-D Printing and Vacuum Forming [view paper] Prof. Robert F. Richards (Washington State University), Mr. Fanhe Shamus Meng (Affiliation unknown), Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie (Washington State University), Mr. Franco Louis Spadoni (Washington State University), and Mr. Angelo Laury Ivory (Affiliation unknown)

MAKER: A One-hour Robot [view paper] Dr. Hugh Jack (Grand Valley State University)

MAKER: Gyro’clock – The Spinnable Time Reader [view paper] Kasun Sanjaya Somaratne (British Columbia Institute of Technology)


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