Inventors in our midst

Indoor Stage

12:15 Alli Warner, National 4H Council

Alli Warner is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  She is using her partnership with the National 4H Council to further her goal of providing access to STEM education for all youth.  The National 4‑H Council is committed to providing leadership and resources so that 4‑H programs are available to youth across the US. They are dedicated to the belief that helping kids achieve their boldest dreams empowers not only them but also our communities to thrive today, tomorrow, and beyond.

1:15 Lisa Baraniecki AnthroTronix

Lisa Baraniecki is a Biomedical Engineer in the Human Factors Program at AnthroTronix, Inc., a research and development company focused on human-centered technology. At ATinc she has led various research efforts related to HRI, surgical skills expertise, and neurophysiological monitoring.  Her research interests include training and human performance, human robot interaction, and neuroergonomics.

2:15 Majeed Kazemitbaar, University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab

Majeed Kazemitbaar is a Masters student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab working with Professor Jon Froehlich. He started making when he was young, and now his research seeks to engage young children in the creative making of wearable electronics. He builds hardware prototypes, works with children to co-design technology, and runs maker workshops.

3:15        Josh Ajima, Computer Technology Education (CTE) Winner: Dominion High School

Josh Ajima is the Technology Resource Teacher for the Loudoun Academy of Science and Dominion High School. Winner of the US Department of Education, CTE Challenge, the Dominion High School makerspace is an updated CTE classroom paired with a set of mobile maker carts. Students in the makerspace have access to the latest in digital fabrication machines and electronics in order to create public products for the world that solve authentic challenging problems. The maker carts are spread out around the school providing access to maker tools in every classroom.

4:15        Sarah Ingersoll, MedStar Health

Sarah Ingersoll (M.ED) is the Director of Innovation Strategy and Marketing at MedStar Health and has over 20 years of experience directing projects and strategic communications in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. Prior to joining MedStar Health, Ms. Ingersoll directed Text4baby, enrolling 650,000 women and making the new public/private service the largest mobile health initiative in the United States. She ran Facebook’s first pro-social campaign with Rock the Vote and at the U.S. Department of Justice, she managed the strategy, communications, and operations for a program awarding $650 million in grants.  Ms. Ingersoll has a Masters in Education from Harvard University.

Music & Makers

Outdoor Stage

12:00 Kevin Martin, Rock Creek Steel Drums

Kevin Martin of Rock Creek Steel Drums builds and plays his own instrument.  Using 18 gauge steel barrels, he beats the bottom to a bowl shape with a sledge or compression hammers with varying tip.  He teaches classes, performs in schools, and performs with his band at venues across the DC region. 

1:00 Spyros Koliavalis, Instrument Maker and Mortes

Spyros Koliavasilis is an oud, bouzouki, saz, kemane, laouto and canto teacher and a creator of Greek and Asian instruments. His instrument making art was spawned by his passion for keeping traditions alive for the coming generations.  Spyros plays 18 instruments, teaches music out of his studio in Gaithersburg, and performs with is band Mortes, which translates as old fashioned honorable men.

 2:00 Welcome Ceremony

 3:00 Scott Morgan, Luthier Maker and NewGrass Effect

A maker of wood instruments, Scott Morgan will discuss the skills and knowledge involved in the selection of woods to the final appointments and hand-rubbed finish of luthier making.  He's been playing music with family and friends for over 45 years, developing a style and voice of his own.  Scott currently plays lead guitar and sings with the band NewGrass Effect.

 4:00 Marvillous Beats, Music Maker

Marvill "Marvillous Beats" Martin plays a 3D printed violin and specializes in the creation and production of music soundtracks.  The New Rochelle, New York violinist & boom-boxer turned music producer has been composing instrumental demos since 2009.