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2015 STS Making and Doing Program

Making and Doing 2015


STS projects that resulted in effective practices for education and training. The project can aim at different levels and forms of education and training, for instance university courses, high school classes, or special training courses. The presentation should indicate how the project increases awareness and understanding of STS scholarship.

STS ‘Making’ and ‘Knowings’

Rodrigo Barbosa e Silva

The DIY at Brazilian schools can be a manifestation of "making and knowings", especially as an approach to empower originals practices and situated knowledge.

Scientific Legislation

Martín Pérez Comisso

The policy-making in scientific and technological topics is a critic point by absent of relevant projects in Chilean Congress in last 20 years.

STS+ With Practitioners

Pedro de la Torre

In efforts that we describe as STS+, we extend STS methods to advance the development and thinking of experts themselves.

Reimagining Work


As a means of engaging with the ways in which the future of work is being imagined and opening up discussions around technology, we conducted a one-day participatory design workshop that uses a game in order to reveal the philosophies embedded in labor activism and technology.

Solar Digital Libraries

Laura Hosman

SolarSPELL is a Solar Powered Educational Learning Library: a digital library over an off-line WiFi hotspot, designed to simulate an online experience for rural, remote schools with no electricity or Internet connectivity.

Greening Chemistry

Alastair Iles

Using a "public ethics" framework, we explored the practical challenges and ethical conundrums of redesigning materials and products to make them safer and more sustainable in our very complex modern industrial system.

Things that Art

Lochlann Jain

Thinking at the interface between things as objects and things as assemblages, I play with notions of common sense categories by offering a new way to explore how we author the categories we live by, and by inviting readers/observers into that process of authorship through a series of postcard sized drawings.

Teaching Sewol Disaster

Yoonjung Lee

Teach Sewol aims to create a space (both online and offline) where researchers and members of the public share resources and class modules on the Sewol disaster and experiment with new forms of social investigation.


Carolina Morales-Nasser

Departing from the conviction that learning involves rational competencies, as well as emotional and esthetic ones; a question emerged: How to provoke other related competencies such as sensibility, emotion, and taking of a position, in order to really accomplish STS objectives?

STS Design Program

Dean Nieusma

Rather than merely augmenting these programs with STS, PDI strives to frame our students’ entire educational experience—that is, to provide the curricular, conceptual, and pedagogical frameworks that situate students’ other coursework as well as their identities within a more expansive vision of technology-in-society.

Nano & Society

Rae Ostman

We will display elements of an interactive exhibit component from the Nano exhibition, share hands-on activities from the NanoDays kits, and report research and evaluation results related to public learning of STS ideas. Nano & Society materials are open-source and can be accessed freely at

A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Selma Sabanovic

We present materials (robots, videos, curricula) from an ongoing effort to develop a novel strategy in STEM education that combines human-centered robotics (HCR) with problem-based learning (PBL) experiences and the critical study of sociotechnical systems.

Department of Play

Maria L. Vidart-Delgado

Department of Play promotes play as a public infrastructure for civic engagement and public debate. We create temporary play zones (TPZ) in public spaces in areas where diverse groups meet.


All Projects

Barbosa e Silva: STS ‘Making’ and ‘Knowings’

Battles: Lightbox: Art|Information

Clement: Mapping Internet Surveillance

Collier: The SERRC

Comisso: Scientific Legislation

Cross: Off The Grid

de la Torre: STS+ With Practitioners

Forlano: Reimagining Work

Gardner: Body Editing

Gruber: Making Mirror Neurons

Hamilton: The Anarchy of the Imagination

Hermans: rePlay: De-commodifying Music

Hosman: Solar Digital Libraries

Iles: Greening Chemistry

Irani: Matters of Care in Crowdsourcing

Jain: Things that Art

Klein: Experimental Methods

Lakoff: Limn: An Experimental Scholarly Magazine

Lee : Teaching Sewol Disaster

Liboiron: Civic Laboratory: Plastics

Lie: Film: Medical Imaging

Loukissas: Life and Death of Data

Lucena: CSR & Social Justice

Miller: The Shore Line

Morales-Nasser: STS and ART

Myers: The Write2Know Project

Nieusma: STS Design Program

Ostman: Nano & Society

Ostrowski: Empirical Prints

Peek: Making Machines that Make

Poirier: Cyberinfrastructure for STS

Quitmeyer: Mobile Wilderness Making

Richardson: Critical Digital Exhibits

Riley: Doing Engineering Justice

Rogers: Making Science Visible

Sabanovic: A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Schwartz-Marin: Citizen-Led Forensics

Selin: Futurescape City Tours

Shrum: Light Years

Smiley: ‘zines as method

Southwick: BlackBox Vending Machine

Stettler: Can Innovators Be Made?

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces

Vidart-Delgado : Department of Play

Visperas: Thinking with Catalyst

Wang: Wooden Boat Building

Warren: Crafting Digital Stories

Watts: The Energy Walk

Whynacht: The Now(here) Project

Woelfle-Erskine: Tell a Salmon

Ziewitz: How’s My Feedback?

Zuiderent-Jerak: Situated Intervention