Past Bryan Event: VOL 4

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September 29, 2015
@ Grand Stafford Theater

On September 29, we heard presentations from dynamic local people: Michael Wienen on robotics; Matt Michalka, organizer of Brazos Valley Makers; TAMU Aviary rep Constance Woodman; John Firth of the International Ocean Discovery Program; and the visionary Dean of the College of Architecture at A&M, Dr. Jorge Vanegas. Thank you to everyone who presented and everyone who attended! 

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Simple Life Lessons of an Accidental Leader

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 29, 2015

Jorge Vanegas, Dean of Texas A&M's College of Architecture, discusses things he has learned along the way.

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Creativity and Animal Studies

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 29, 2015

Constance Woodman believes animal experimentation and field studies can be awful or awesome depending on how creatively one approaches a problem. Creativity leads to humane alternatives and breaks through outdated ideas about how to work with animals. Here we look at how using creative applications of technology at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center allows animals to voluntarily participate and even make decisions about their own care, reduces the need for harming animals or using animal based products, and allows data to be gathered from wild animals without them ever knowing.

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@ VOL 4 ON SEP 29, 2015

John Firth discusses seeing and sharing connections, in science, art, music, and people, and facilitating ideas and creativity through connections.

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Making a Community of Makers

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 29, 2015

Doing It Yourself (DIY) is fun, but Doing It Together (DIT) is better. Matt Michalka talks about Brazos Valley Makers, a local organization that provides opportunities to learn, make, and grow as a community.

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Robots: A Step in the Evolution of "Design with Purpose"

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 29, 2015

Michael Wienen states that, as an adjective, robotic has come to describe mundane repetition of actions completely void of creative thought. It's ironic that robots, actual robots, have inspired thousands of local youth to dive into the waters of creativity...swimming deeply and coming back for more. High-tech robotics programs have proven themselves locally as an effective educational lure. We'll see how "high technology" accounts for less of the lure than we thought and how applied creativity is the real reward these students are drawn to. This hypothesis is spawning a new generation of local educational programming.

Jorge Vanegas
Dean, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University in College Station
Michael Wienen
Educator, Mentors & Makers in College Station
Constance Woodman
NSF-IGERT Trainee, Texas A&M University in College Station
Matthew Michalka
Software Consultant, Improving Enterprises in Bryan
John Firth
Geologist/Curator, TAMU-IODP in College Station