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3D modelling 102: OpenSCAD

OpenSCAD

Speaker: Sean Cooney, Technology Sandbox Technician, Concordia University Library

So you want to model things in 3D (be it for 3D printing, digital art, blueprints, or for video-game content), but you’re unfamiliar with how to do it or the software you’re using doesn’t give you the fine control you need? Come to our workshop. OpenSCAD is free, open-source software for detailed, programmatically defined, primitive based rendering software. If that sounds complicated, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and intuitive the software is once you get started. Please bring a laptop you can install software on.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, January 18, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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3D modelling 101

3D modelling

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Technology Analyst, Concordia University Library

How do you make a model in three dimensions? How do you make sure it is 3D printable? This introductory course will get you up and running; creating 3D models quickly and easily. We will also look at different free software for 3D printing and which one is right for your project. Bring your laptop or sign one out from the Loans & Returns desk before the workshop.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.​

Tuesday, January 23, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Wednesday, March 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

Register (opens February 14)

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Sticker time

Sticker time

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Technology Analyst, Concordia University Library

This intro will walk you through the basics of using vector graphics. You'll then print your design as a small vinyl decal (cut-out sticker). Bonus: the digital die cutting machine can also draw and cut paper; time allowing we will demonstrate these features. Bring your laptop or sign one out from the Loans & Returns desk.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, January 25, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Intro to Python programming

Python

Speaker: Ali Abbas, Technology Sandbox volunteer and Computer Engineering student at Concordia

n this Python workshop you’ll be introduced to the basic concepts of programming (functions, if conditions, for loops, a brief intro to writing stuff in files), and how to apply them into Python with a few examples. Finally, as the coup de grâce, make your own autocorrect program which implements everything that we’ve learned! Beginners welcome, no prior programming experience required. Please bring a laptop or sign one out from the Loans & Returns desk.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Monday, January 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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3D printing 101

3D printing

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Technology Analyst, Concordia University Library

Printing is believing. Come and work through the process of 3D printing from A to Z. You'll take home the skills you need to 3D-print your own projects and a small, 3D-printed object. Bring your laptop or sign one out from the Loans & Returns desk before the workshop.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Tuesday, January 30, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Tuesday, March 6, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

Register (opens February 13)

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Arduino 101

Arduino

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Technology Analyst, Concordia University Library

Come and get started with Arduino, a user-friendly platform for microcontrollers that will allow you to build anything from a weather station to a wearable electronics device. Arduino Uno kits will be provided, but feel free to bring your own materials if you have them. Please bring your laptop or sign one out from the Loans & Returns desk before the workshop. No prior programming, electronics or sewing experience required!

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Tuesday, February 6, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Raspberry Pi 101: Cat selfie machine

Raspberry Pi

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Technology Analyst, Concordia University Library

A Raspberry Pi is a very small computer; so what can you do with it? Lots of things, but once you experience the magic of your cat (or dog, or goldfish) sending you selfies you will start to get a feeling for how to put this tiny, inexpensive computer to work in both practical and fanciful ways. This is a good workshop for starting with a Raspberry Pi. No pet ownership is actually required. Laptop recommended.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, February 8, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Intro to Linux

Linux

Speaker: Sean Cooney, Technology Sandbox Technician, Concordia University Library

Have you heard of Linux and want to know more, or you haven’t heard of Linux but the words “free operating system” spark your interest? Maybe you already know a little bit about Linux and want to learn the basics of how to use it; everyone is welcome at our Intro to Linux workshop! In this workshop we’ll cover a bit of background of who, what, when, and why, and then go into some details on the ways in which using the operating system differs from Mac and Windows. Raspberry Pi computers for using and experimenting with Linux will be provided.

Tuesday, February 13, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Intro to soldering

Soldering

Speaker: Tina Salameh, Technology Analyst, Concordia University Library

In this 3-hour-long workshop, we will teach you everything you need to know about soldering to take your upcoming electronics project from the breadboard to the real world. We will learn about the tools of the trade and the techniques that will make your soldering solid and reliable.

By the end of our workshop you will have built one or two fun projects you can take home, and we will show you where you can go from there!

Open to everyone. 180 minutes.

Thursday, February 15, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Museum technology: 3D scans and prints, virtual reality, GIFs and stolen art

Museum technology

Speaker: Zia Davidian (Master of Information Studies candidate, McGill University)

This workshop will introduce you to the technology available in the Sandbox, through examples influenced by art, museology, and cultural heritage. We’ll explore GIFs, stolen art, and ancient ruins in VR; we’ll create 3D scans of ourselves; and we’ll 3D print miniature versions of priceless antiquities. Come explore the exciting intersection of technology and the arts! This workshop is designed as an introduction to the space; not everyone will leave with a print.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.​

Monday, March 5, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

Register (opens February 12)

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Intro to synthesizers

Analogue synthesizers

Speaker: Sean McLaughlin, Reference & Subject Librarian

In this hands-on workshop we’ll cover the basics of analogue synthesizers, with the goal of getting you playing and recording as soon as possible.

We’ll briefly discuss the parts of an analog synthesizer, MIDI input and output, sync’ing to drum machines, and simple recording. You’ll also get a chance to experiment with the Library’s new synthesizer collection. Beginners welcome and encouraged.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Tuesday, April 3, 2 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Web 101

Web 101

Speaker: Francisco Berrizbeitia, Developer, Concordia University Library

You have to spend hours learning how to code to get a website running right? Not at all (though it doesn't hurt and we can point you to some great places to learn)! This will be a straightforward introduction to core web concepts like domain name registration and webhosting, as well as a look at different platforms for getting a website up and running quickly and easily. Bring your laptop or sign one out from the Loans & Returns desk.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, March 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

Register (opens March 1)

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