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Technology Sandbox fall 2017 workshops

Raspberry Pi data logging

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Technology Analyst, Concordia University Library

Get started with the Raspberry Pi in this quick, practical overview focusing on using sensors and logging data. We will use a light sensor and atmospheric pressure sensor to gather some data with a short Python script. You will walk away from this class with a better understanding of what Raspberry Pi computers are and how you can harness their power for data collection. This is an introductory workshop and no prior programming or electronics skills are required, Raspberry Pi computers are provided for the workshop. This workshop is also open to McGill students as it is presented as part of Science Literacy Week.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.​

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, September 19 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211 Register
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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.​

Date Time Location Register
Thursday, September 21 7 - 9 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211 Register
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Photoshop CC Crash Course

Photoshop

Speaker: Tina Salameh, Technology Analyst, Concordia University Library

This crash course will teach you to navigate the magical world of Photoshop and get you up and running as fast as possible. We'll learn to navigate the interface, select objects, manipulate images, do color corrections, draw with vectors, make gifs and anything else you’re curious about. Come join us if you’ve always wanted to learn to use Photoshop but didn’t know where to start or if you’d just like a refresher!

This workshop is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop). Please install Photoshop on your laptop beforehand. You can download the trial version here: https://creative.adobe.com/products/download/photoshop

We’re going to be running Photoshop CC for this workshop, but you should be able to follow along with older versions. Please note that loan laptops from the library may not work for this workshop as they do not have Photoshop installed on them.

Open to everyone. 180 minutes.

Date Time Location Register
Thursday, September 28 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
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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 basics 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.

Date Time Location Register
Friday, September 29 12 - 2 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211 Register
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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.​

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, October 3 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
Wednesday, October 18 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
Wednesday, November 15 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
(Starts Oct. 25)
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Thursday, October 5 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
Thursday, October 19 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
Thursday, November 16 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
(Starts Oct. 26)
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, October 17 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
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Safe Sexting: Digital intimacy on your own terms

Safe sexting

As our sex lives increasingly play out in the digital world, how do we adapt safe practices to screens and code? This sex-positive workshop will give you practical tips for preserving your privacy online by breaking down the pros and cons of various applications used for sharing pictures and chatting, and videocalling. The idea is to empower us with a clearer understanding of the potential risks and ways to mitigate them, in continuity with sex ed for in the analogue world.

As a bonus, the takeaways from this digital hygiene crash course extend beyond your intimate life.

This workshop is presented by the Tiger Lotus Coop https://www.tigerlotuscoop.com/. Speakers will be Maroussia Lévesque and Tina Salameh.

Maroussia Lévesque is a lawyer and researcher at the crossroads of law and technology, with a background in interactive arts. She lead teams of designers, artists and programmers for the Obx lab for experimental media at the Hexagram research-creation institute. She was called to the Quebec Bar in 2013 and clerked at the Quebec Court of Appeal for the Chief Justice. She was the intelligence analyst at the Quebec inquiry commission on the protection of journalists’ sources, examining law enforcement’s electronic surveillance practices. She currently focuses on algorithmic fairness and is a member of IEEE’s working group on algorithmic accountability.

Tina Salameh is a Computational Arts double major Concordia alumna. She has spent the past 8 years working in startups, walking the lines between Art, Design and Technology. In her free time, she fights for freedom of speech and digital rights in the Middle East and runs workshops on digital privacy.

She loves things that are open source and things that are playful (and cats with laser eyes). She’s currently helping the Library build the Visualization Studio -- a space for interactivity, immersion, data visualization, research and many other endeavours.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Date Time Location Register
Thursday, October 19 6 - 8 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, October 24 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
Thursday, October 26 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Monday, October 30 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
Thursday, November 2 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
(Starts Oct. 12)
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Intro to analogue 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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, October 31 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, November 7 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
(Starts Oct. 17)
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Thursday, November 9 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
(Starts Oct. 19)
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, November 14 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
(Starts Oct. 24)
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Intro to Sketchup

Sketchup

Speaker: Ruolin Wang, Technology Sandbox Assistant, Concordia University Library

Sketchup is a popular 3D modeling software which has a wide range of uses in architectural design, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering. Compared to other 3D modeling software, Sketchup is easily to learn and supported by a friendly interface. Compelling walkthroughs, house staining and detailed models can be created in this software; Sketchup files can also be exported to other simulation software, such as Energy Plus, Wufi, Transys and others.

This workshop will get you started on the right foot with Sketchup! We will look at basic commands to model the interior and exterior of buildings, and model a quick example. Finally we will look at some useful Sketchup plugins, for example one plugin makes it simple to 3D print your creation.

Please bring a laptop with Sketchup installed on it. You can install Sketchup beforehand (30-day trial) using this link: https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-pro/new-in-2017

Date Time Location Register
Friday, November 17 1 - 3 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
(Starts Oct. 27)
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Sticker party

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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, November 21 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-205 Register
(Starts Oct. 31)
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