Academic Blog Posts

Assembling the Polyformer: Oscar Caino ‘27, a Swarthmore College student (left), and Camily Hidalgo Goncalves ‘26, a Williams College student (right).

Sustainable 3D Printing at Williams College (Part 2)

By Camily Hidalgo | May 23, 2024

Polyformer Updates: My name is Camily Hidalgo Goncalves, and I am a sophomore at Williams College majoring in Chemistry with a Neuroscience concentration. As a Makerspace student worker, I have … Continue reading

Lauren Mukavitz ‘27: In the Makerspace taking the supports off my finished models

Reefs Reimagined: 3D Printing the Effects of Tsunamis on Coral

By Lauren Mukavitz | May 21, 2024

When most people think about coral reef degradation, they often think about bleaching and the effects of climate change. However, coral faces another danger that is hardly talked about—tsunamis. Coral … Continue reading

The Lincoln Logs: Printing for the WCMA’s Emancipation Exhibition

By Harris Longfield | May 18, 2024

Introduction:  My most recent Makerspace academic project was assisting Beth Fischer, Assistant Curator of Digital Learning and Research for the Williams College Museum of Art. My task was to 3D … Continue reading

Screenshot: Experimenting with the Reality Scan smartphone app

Lost but Found in the Photogrammetry World

By Milton Vento | May 16, 2024

The Quandary: Have you ever broken or lost a small part of an important object you value? Perhaps the strap of that beautiful watch you got from your grandma or … Continue reading

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B

Truly-Local Internet: The PiBrary Project

By Gerol Petruzella | May 6, 2024

If a local organization has important information for its neighbors, is there a way it can broadcast directly to them without bouncing the data to Toronto and back? I grew … Continue reading

Simulating Spaces with AR

By Valeria Lopez | May 3, 2024

At age nine, I had a bicycle accident (and yes, for those who know me, I can’t swim, but I can pretty much ride a bike, thank you!). It was … Continue reading

TIDE Grant: Sustainable and Reusable STEM Learning Kits for Students in Under-Resourced 5th and 6th Grade Classrooms

By Elena Sore | April 20, 2024

Written by Divine Uwimana ’27 and Elena Sore ’27 Introduction In an ideal world, students would have equal access to education, but that isn’t the case. While some schools have … Continue reading

Beyond Board Games: Exploring a 3D Printed Catan Boards’ Role in Creativity, Connection, and Vulnerability

By Cara Sturdevant | April 11, 2024

Introduction Few technologies capture the imagination like 3D printing. The ability to bring digital designs to life and hold them in our hands ignites a creative spark within us–or maybe … Continue reading

Architecture in Slices: 3D Printing for the Big Art Show.

By Harris Longfield | April 11, 2024

In my first Makerspace academic project, I jumped into the deep end. My role was to support Giuseppina Forte, the Assistant Professor of Architecture and Environmental Studies, and her students … Continue reading

Pixels or Petals? Comparing Physical vs. Digital Learning Experiences

By Valeria Lopez | April 11, 2024

Learning has not been the same since COVID. Just like the vast majority of students around the world, my classes were interrupted by the COVID pandemic back in 2020. After … Continue reading

Sam Samuel '26 creating a temporary sled guide to saw logs into planks with bandsaw

Whittle by Whittle: Zilkha Center Garden Signs 

By Sam Samuel | April 2, 2024

When I was a prospective student, I recall my host bringing me near the Class of 1966 Environmental Center (“Envi Center”) to meet some of their friends. While passing through, … Continue reading

Yoheidy Feliz connecting a red maple slab to a slanted locust base, with dowels and wood glue.

Makerspace Collaborating on Multiple Sustainability Projects

By David Keiser-Clark | August 21, 2023

Last spring semester, the Makerspace @ Williams College pivoted to focus on academic projects that support teaching and learning goals; previously, this focus had been an aspirational goal. The Makerspace … Continue reading

Anubhav Preet Kaur

From Teeth to Time: Discovering Siwalik Hills’ Past Through Archaeology

By Valeria Lopez | June 26, 2023

How did we get here? Where do we come from? What does our future encompass? As an aspiring scientist, I have always been fascinated by these (and many more!) questions … Continue reading

Polyformer

Sustainable 3D Printing at Williams College (Part 1)

By Camily Hidalgo | June 15, 2023

Introduction The massive amount of plastic bottles incinerated or dumped in landfills or oceans is a growing global concern. In the United States alone, despite recycling efforts, 22 billion plastic … Continue reading

Arduino board for turntable

Spinning Tales: My Whimsical Adventure in Arduino Turntable Wonderland

By Tashrique Ahmed | June 2, 2023

I remember the day I first laid eyes on that clunky, awkward, yet fascinating automated burrito-making machine in the local toy store. It was love at first sight! I knew … Continue reading