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MachineShop


Craft Technology Group
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Institute of Cognitive Science
Lifelong Learning & Design


 

Welcome. My name is Glenn Blauvelt and I hold PhDs in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. For the past four years I have been designing and deploying educational technology for the Information Technology Services department here at CU.

My dissertation research focused on ways in which computation and the construction of craft items can be combined in design tools for children. To do this, I developed a CAD/CAM system called MachineShop to help middle-school aged children design, fabricate and construct mechanisms for use in mechanical automata like the sea serpent seen above. This work spans a number of topics in human-computer interaction, mechanical engineering, education, and psychology. This work fits into the broader category of craft technologies and gets some of its gestalt from work by Mike Eisenberg. If you're interested in the results of my dissertation research and in the wonderful automata that the test users created, click on the MachineShop link on the left.

I'm also a member of the Center for LifeLong Learning and Design (L3D) where my interests are in metadesign (the process of designing design tools), communities of practice, and collaborative systems for children.