In February the Makerspace team at NCSU Libraries collaborated with University Housing and the Office of Sustainability to host a three day Make-a-Thon event focused on innovating sustainable ways to use engage and environmental resources.
We challenged undergraduate students living in University Housing–such as Engineering Village, WISE, EcoVillage and the Albright Entrepreneur’s Village— to form interdisciplinary teams and develop creative solutions to improve campus sustainability.
Over three days student teams researched, designed, prototyped, and built new solutions in one of three areas: Energy, Water, or Waste. Teams used data provided by the Sustanability Office, and tools and expertise offered by the NCSU Libraires Makerspace and the Entrepreneurship Garage. On the final day of the event, community and industry sustainability experts evaluated their submissions and awarded prizes to the top teams in each category, as well as a grand prize to the overall winner.
I also thought it would be valuable to award as social media prize. A very important aspect of making and doing is documenting the prototype development process, and reflecting on your work. By incentivizing student to capture their research and development process in images, videos and tweets, we provided a means to initiate such critical and reflective practices. Moreover, having students engage with social media left us with a tremendously valuable record of the event.
On the last day, I Storified the event to capture the fun, learning, and excitement of the Make-a-Thon.