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Technology Sandbox workshops

Intro to Python programming

Python logo

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

In this workshop, we'll use examples to learn about the basics of programming in Python, including variables, if statements, for loops, and so much more. (Don't worry if those words mean nothing to you right now, they will by the end of this!)

We'll start with the basics of programming, and move on to more difficult examples and tie everything together by making an autocorrect program.

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, March 11, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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My first Twitter bot

baby birds in nest with their mouths wide open to sky

Speaker: Mottel Zirkind, Technology Sandbox Volunteer

Mottel is interested in bots because he likes making silly things that end up teaching people while they laugh.

Have you heard of Twitter? Have you ever seen what happens when an AI tries to speak human? We can combine those two!

In the Twitter Bot workshop, you’ll go from knowing nothing about programming to knowing how to access Twitter’s API, what an API is, how to use packages to make cool programs fast, what packages are, and so much more. By the end of the workshop you should have code that generates 'natural' sounding tweets in the style of your choosing. The skills learned in this workshop could easily be extended to platforms other than Twitter. This workshop is for people at any level of programming skill.

Please have the twitter handle that you want your bot to tweet from available for the workshop. If you don't have one, sign up to twitter here. A laptop is also required, bring your own or sign one out from the Webster Loans and Ciruclation desk.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Tuesday, March 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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3D Unity orientation

software interface screen showing tools on the right and a stick figure standing on a green landscape

Speaker: Natalia Whiteley, Technology Sandbox Assistant and Computer Science Student

Natalia has built multiple Unity projects, both in 3D and in 3D for VR. She is one of our best resources for answering the Unity questions that come through the Technoloty Sandbox.

Unity is a game development platform, i.e., it makes it easier to build a game from the ground up. The notion of a game is very flexible, and Unity can also be used by artists, educators, historians, interface designers... (yes pretty much any field!) to create interactive experiences such as visulization, simulations, educationals tools, etc.

That is too much to cram into 2 hours! The aim of this workshop is simply to get potential creators familiar with the basics of 3D environments and give you a little taste of how to work with these elements in Unity. We will load a premade project and modify different elements. By the end of the workshop, you will have customized your own 3D environment and an increased understanding of creating interactive 3D environments in Unity as well as the tools to keep building your project and your knowledge after the workshop.

Please bring a laptop with the lastest version of Unity installed. If this isn't possible, please drop by the Technology Sandbox at least a week in advance of the workshop to talk about possible options. There are no programming prerequisites for this workshop.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, March 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library Visualization Studio, LB-314

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So You Want to Make a Podcast!

Close-up of a microphone and headphones on a table

Speakers: Donna Langille & Emma Wilson, Student Reference Librarians, Concordia University Library

Learn how to create your own podcast in this introductory and interactive workshop. We will cover all levels of production including content creation, recording, editing and promotion, as well as provide participants with a list of free resources and simple to use tools to help them get started. No previous podcasting experience is necessary.

Who is this for?
Anyone who seeks a tutorial on recording, editing and publishing a podcast.

What to Bring?
A laptop* with Audacity (free) & LAME Mp3 Encoder (free) installed.

Optional
Headphones*

* These items can be signed out by Concordia students from the Loans & Returns desk (LB-220) before the workshop.

Monday, March 18, 6 - 8 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-211 (Technology Sandbox)

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Image: My Podcast Set I by Patrick Breitenbach, CC BY 2.0, https://flic.kr/p/5brkj8

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Vector graphics for CNC and beyond

snowflake carved in plastic

Speaker: Paule Kelly-Rhéaume, Web services and Subject librarian

How do I design something for a lasercutter? How about adding a logo to a 3D object, or cutting out a sticker? And if I had access to a CNC mill? It all starts with vector graphics and whatever your needs, this workshop will get you on the right track with the basics. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to desining with Inkscape, opensource software for vector graphics, as well as looking at both design and practical consideration for exporting your design to various digital tools.

Bring a laptop or sign one out from the Loans and Circulation desk.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Tuesday, March 19, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Intro to Linux - VANIER EDITION

Drawing of a penguin's face representing Tux, Linux's mascot

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.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thuesday, March 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Vanier Library, VL-122

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Arduino 101 - VANIER EDITION

Breadboard with wires crossing over to another circuit board. Blue LED lit up.

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Coordinator - Digital Technology, 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 or electronics experience required!

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Wednesday, March 20, 2 to 4 p.m.
Vanier Library, VL-122

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3D modelling 101 - VANIER EDITION

Digital illustration of 3D shapes (egg, dice, letters, ring) on pale blue grid paper

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Coordinator - Digital Technology, Concordia University Library

How do you make a model in three dimensions? How do you make sure it is 3D printable? What software should I learn and how much does it cost? 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.​

Thursday, March 21, 2 to 4 p.m.
Vanier Library, VL-122

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