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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.​

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, February 28 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Thursday, March 2 2 p.m. - 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
Tuesday, March 7 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Thursday, March 9 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, March 14 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Thursday, March 16 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, March 21 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Thursday, March 23 2 p.m. - 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
Tuesday, March 28 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Thursday, March 30 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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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!

Date Time Location Register
Monday, April 3 2 - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Thursday, April 6 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, April 11 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Thursday, April 13 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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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.

Date Time Location Register
Tuesday, April 18 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
Thursday, April 20 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Webster Library, LB-211.00 Register
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