Do Space is pleased to announce our inaugural Innovation Fellows! We have a great group of educators from the Omaha area who will be building innovative projects related to 3D printing, robotics, and software development. Local schools, libraries and learning centers will be able to independently administer the resulting projects. Our fellows will be working at Do Space during the summer and presenting their final progress on August 5th so save the date! Learn more about the fellows and their projects below:
Derek Babb teaches computer science at Omaha North Magnet High School. He has a Masters of Education in Leadership from Midland University and a Masters of Arts for Teachers of Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Because it is one of the fastest growing fields of computing, Derek will be creating an online educational platform focused on cyber security during the Innovation Fellowship. This new material will allow educators to infuse a current computer science class with cyber security topics or to teach a stand-alone course on cyber security.
Kylie Gumpert is an AmeriCorps VISTA member who works with Delivering Infinite Book Shelves (DIBS), a local, tech-based nonprofit focused on ensuring every kid has the opportunity to take home and read a book every night. From this position, she has learned that educators spend a lot of their own money on books and taking book donations can be an inefficient process. During the Innovation Fellowship, Kylie will build a web app to inspire educators, librarians, community members, and nonprofits to donate and receive books more meaningfully, so they can better share their love of reading across the city.
Charlie Cuddy teaches math at Omaha Bryan High School. He recently received his Master’s degree in Leadership and Curriculum Development, during which he researched the positive impact of computer programming on high school math classrooms. During the Innovation Fellowship, Charlie will develop an online platform to help people get started in coding by using Bricklayer, a program created by UNO professors. Bricklayer combines the use of Lego Digital Designer, math, art, spatial recognition, creativity, and problem-solving to teach computer science. Code created in the platform can be brought to life in Minecraft, and also be 3D printed so kids can see and touch their creations.