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Students to Display Projects at BeAM MakerFest on December 5

Students who use tools, technology and special techniques to turn their ideas into creations will display their projects at Carolina’s Fall BeAM MakerFest on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Great Hall of the Student Union.

Students look at projects at MakerFestFrom low-fidelity prototypes to complex digital design projects, students will share ideas and prototypes from research or entrepreneurial efforts developed in UNC’s makerspaces.

“No matter your experience level or reason for making, or even if you just want to support makers and check it out, everyone is welcome,” said Kenneth Langley, direct of BeAM at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In addition, there will be prizes, maker competitions, mini-events, hands-on maker challenges and refreshments. In order to attend, register through HeelLife. Those interested in exhibiting should reserve their spot here.

Beam@Carolina is a network of makerspaces where the UNC community can come together in the design and making of physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation. It offers open studios, workshops, classes and group activities in spaces equipped with emerging technologies, like 3D printing and metalworking shops.

Langley said UNC-Chapel Hill encourages innovative learning in which educators continually pioneer creative ideas for new curricula. Instructors from more than 30 different academic departments have integrated BeAM-supported maker projects into their courses.

“BeAM is here to help support faculty and instructors who want to integrate design and making into their courses,” he said.

Students play a game at MakerFest