Technology Sandbox winter 2017 workshops
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- 3D modelling 101
- 3D printing 101
- Introduction to wearables: Arduino 101
- Web 101: Essential tools and concepts for making a website
- Raspberry Pi 101: Cat selfie machine
- Introduction to analog synthesizers
- Sticker Time! Vector graphics 101
- Welcome to virtual reality
- Technology Sandbox orientation
3D modelling 101
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.
3D printing 101
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 before the workshop.
Introduction to wearables: Arduino 101
Come and transform an item of clothing into a blinking, colour-changing, wearable device. If you want to take your creation home with you, you will need purchase materials similar to this kit at ABRA Electronics as well as the fabric item in which you would like to embed the electronics. If you are not ready to take that leap, follow along on one of our Arduino Uno kits. Please bring your laptop or sign one out before the workshop.
No prior programming, electronics or sewing experience required! For people just wanting a simple introduction to Arduino, this is a great place to start.
Web 101: Essential tools and concepts for making a website
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.
Raspberry Pi 101: Cat selfie machine
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 actually required. Laptop recommended.
Introduction to analog sythesizers
In this hands-on workshop we'll cover the basics of analog 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!
Sticker time! Vector graphics 101
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 on and cut paper; time allowing, we will demonstrate these features. Bring your laptop or sign one out.
Welcome to virtual reality
Come and take your first (or 40th) leap into virtual reality. We'll balance out these altered states with a little bit of theory and a discussion of where this technology is going.
Technology Sandbox Orientation
The Technology Sandbox is a brand new service point in the library where staff and students get hands on access and support for new technologies. Highlights include a look at 3D printers in action and painting in virtual reality. Learn about a wealth of other tools available such as robotics kits, Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits, analogue synthesizers and specialized workstations.