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Technology Sandbox winter 2017 workshops

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 from the Loans & Returns desk before the workshop.​

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, June 13 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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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.​

Date Time Location Register
Wednesday, June 14 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Wednesday, June 21 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Wednesday, June 28 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Tickets available from June 13 onward
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Intro to Linux

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. RBP computers for using and experimenting with Linux will be provided.

Date Time Location Register
Wednesday, July 5 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Tickets available from June 14 onwards
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Photoshop CC Crash Course

Level: Beginner

Duration: 3 hours, including room for questions and one-on-one help

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.

Date Time Location Register
Wednesday, July 12 1 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Tickets available from June 21 onwards
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Intro to OpenSCAD

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.

Date Time Location Register
Wednesday, July 19 2- 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Tickets available from June 28 onwards
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Intro to Soldering

Level: Beginner

In this 2-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!

Date Time Location Register
Wednesday, July 26 1 - 3 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Tickets available from July 5 onwards
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