Designing a Mobile Makerspace: The Intersection of STEAM, STREAM, and DH

This presentation will demonstrate how mobile makerspaces increase the technical proficiency of students and makers. Our model utilizes three technologies (Little Bits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi) that scaffold to develop makers’ confidence in coding, building, project management, and design thinking. The makerspace will also support the development of new and innovative pedagogical approaches to digital literacy instruction by encouraging collaboration among students across the graduate and undergraduate curriculum.


Christina Boyles is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar of Digital Humanities at the University of Iowa. In this position, she participates in the Digital Bridges initiative with Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. She also assists with the certificate in Public Digital Humanities at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include text analysis, digital storytelling, instructional design, and multicultural American literature. Her forthcoming work will appear in Feminist Debates in the Digital Humanities and Digital Diversity. Her published work is available in the Southern Literary Journal, South Central Review, Plath Profiles, Pupil, and The Write Book. To contact her, write to or tweet to @clboyles

Lindsay Kistler Mattock is an Assistant Professor at The University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science.  She completed her PhD in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh where she has earned a MLIS with a focus in Archives, Preservation and Records Management and a BA in Film Studies.  Her professional experience as a video-technician and personal interest in filmmaking and photography have shaped her research interests related to the preservation of analog and digital visual media, the materiality of archival objects, and the recordkeeping practices of media creators.