Four UW Tacoma clubs — the Math Club, the UWT chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, HuSCII Coding and Women in Coding — have come together in order to build a robot that will be able to solve a Rubik’s Cube. The end goal for this club collaboration is to have the robot ready by May to show off during the Mini- Maker Faire.
Meeting every other Friday in JOY 110, this project was initiated by Katalina Biondi — Associated Students of UWT senator for the Institute of Technology and vice president of the Math Club. Biondi brought the four clubs together as part of a goal set by herself, the Math Club and ASUWT.
“[This project] started when [the] Math Club was talking about our goals for the next year and what we wanted to do,” Biondi said. “I thought it would be really cool to work on a project to include other clubs. It also worked out because, as a senator, we have to make SMART goals every year. One of my goals was that I really wanted to work on a project that used a lot of RSO collaboration … to get underclassmen involved and let the school know that clubs can work together.”
ASUWT board and senate members have been making it a point this year to work more on getting clubs to collaborate with each other. During the spring elections, several board and senate members ran on a platform supporting more on-campus cross-organizational communication and collaboration. This project, besides including four clubs, brings together students from the Science and Mathematics division and School of Engineering and Technology.
Along with UWT organizations, the Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematics Learning Network — known as STEAM, a collaboration network organized by Graduate Tacoma! — as well as members of the greater Tacoma STEM community are hoping to bring a Mini-Maker Faire to the UWT campus in May.
The Maker Faire is a globally travelling exhibition dedicated to tinkerers and engineers and their creations. Mini-Maker Faires are smaller, community-driven fairs. Seattle recently held a Mini-Makers Faire in August where robot enthusiasts, among other groups of people, were able to show off what they made
Members collaborating on this project hope to learn many different useful life experiences from this collaboration. The project promotes learning better social skills and interactions amongst multiple smaller groups, which is reflective of real-world work environments.
Addie Jacobsen, president of Math Club, believes that this project will help many students be able to better explain the language of mathematics to the uninitiated.
“It’s a very powerful skill to be able to have an abstract level of mathematics in your backpocket and being able to communicate that to people,” Jacobsen said. “Being able to put that in everyday language so people [without a] math major can understand is a valuable skill.”