This year, ATMakers.org was thrilled to host the first annual ATIA Maker Day at the ATIA Annual Conference!
STEM Students and Makers from around the country shared their experiences working with AT Users as well as the amazing technology and skills they bring to bear. ATIA attendees learned to solder, adapt toys, and make custom AT solutions using InstaMorph and corrugated plastic. Everyone had a fantastic time and the exhibit hall was filled with incredible energy!
Our FRC Teams were amazing:
- Team 135 – Penn Robotics traveled all the way from South Bend, Indiana to spend the week attending and even presenting at the international conference
- Roaring Riptide – Team 4118 brought their entire crew from Gainesville, leaving at 4:30am in the middle of their build season to teach folks to build 12V Go Baby Go cars & adapt toys
- GRA-V – Team 5816 from Orange County is more local, but they brought all the equipment and expertise to teach soldering, 3D Printing and more!
Two great clubs from the University of Florida came and shared their passion for making solutions to help AT Users:
- The Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) group showed all the amazing things you can do with Makey Makey
- Building Others Through STEM (B.O.T.S.) adapted dozens of toys to give to the families that joined us
In addition, we couldn’t have made this happen without the immense amount of work of these fabulous individuals!
- Dr. Therese Willkomm and her team from New Hampshire taught how to make AT devices with InstaMorph and corrugated plastic
- Judith Schoonover from Virginia led attendees to create PVC Art Kits and other amazing low-tech solutions
- Kim Singleton and Kathryn Helland led a team to live caption & describe the event for remote viewers with vision and hearing challenges
- Cathy Stern and Elisa Wern worked the demo table all day showing home automation and the IntelliKeys rescue project
- Beth Poss, Mike Marotta, Lori McGowen, Joe Benamati and many others staffed the welcome table, directed folks to the right Makers and generally made the event work
Finally, the event would never have happened without the vision of ATIA’s CEO David Dikter and the ridiculous amount of work by Caroline Van Howe and Eric Carson who coordinated the entire event.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all!
Check out these photos from the event and follow along on the Facebook Group and on Twitter!
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