Event Title

Artifact Classification and Value Promotion in Makerspaces

Poster Number

117

Session Title

Physical Sciences, Math, and Computer Science

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor

David Wilson, Ph.D.; Johanna Okerlund, B.S.; and Madiha Tabassum, B.S., University of North Carolina, Charlotte

College

College of Business Administration

Department

Department of Computer Science and Quantitative Methods

Description

As makerspaces are becoming more prevalent, the artifacts produced within them will have an increasing impact on the world. Thus, determining commonalities in what and why makers are creating is important to the promotion and expansion of communities that partake in socially relevant activities. This study analyzes maker artifacts in an attempt to discover underlying latent themes. Topic modelling by means of LDA is used as the primary tool to conduct the analyses. Additionally, attention is placed on the potential to apply these themes to graphic designs, with the purpose of expanding maker activities and further promoting the central values and ideals of Human Centered Design (HCD).

Previously Presented/Performed?

UNCC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Poster Presentation, Charlotte, North Carolina, July 2019; Sixth Annual Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE), Winthrop University, April 2020

Grant Support?

Supported by a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation

Awards Won

Second Place, UNCC REU Poster Presentation, Charlotte, North Carolina, July 2019

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Artifact Classification and Value Promotion in Makerspaces

As makerspaces are becoming more prevalent, the artifacts produced within them will have an increasing impact on the world. Thus, determining commonalities in what and why makers are creating is important to the promotion and expansion of communities that partake in socially relevant activities. This study analyzes maker artifacts in an attempt to discover underlying latent themes. Topic modelling by means of LDA is used as the primary tool to conduct the analyses. Additionally, attention is placed on the potential to apply these themes to graphic designs, with the purpose of expanding maker activities and further promoting the central values and ideals of Human Centered Design (HCD).