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Technology Sandbox workshops

Registration opens 3 weeks before the day of the workshop.

3D modelling 101

two elephants in profile facing each other with tusks

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? 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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Elephant_With_Trunk_In_Others_Mouth.jpg

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3D printing 101

sloth using long nails to put leaf in mouth

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Coordinator - Digital Technology, 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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: Sloth by Christian Mehlführer, CC 2.5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloth#/media/File:MC_Drei-Finger-Faultier.jpg

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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.

Thursday, September 19, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Sticker party

starfish on rock beneath transparent rippling water

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Coordinator - Digital Technology, 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.

Friday, September 20, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: Starfish by giadarossi from Pixabay

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3D modelling 102: OpenSCAD

hare in profile sitting in nature

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.

Tuesday, September 24, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: Mathias Appel from https://www.flickr.com/photos/mathiasappel/20271297781/in/photostream/ (not quite the Stanford bunny)

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Online privacy basics

Raccoon with scrunched up nose munching down on a Cheeto held between its two front paws

Speaker: Tim Walsh, Digital Preservation Librarian, Concordia University Library

This introductory workshop on online privacy will explain basic concepts of privacy on the internet and use the real concerns and questions of workshop participants to walk through the process of creating and using a privacy threat model. Emphasis will be placed on concrete steps participants can take to reduce their risk profile through their browsers and smartphones. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience or comfort level with technology – just bring your questions and interest!

Thursday, September 26, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: RACCOON PICTURE BY GOTOVAN UNDER CC2.0 LICENSE HTTPS://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/47022937@N03/7338498322

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Intro to Linux

penguin wings open

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.

Thursday, October 3, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: Penguin from Pixabay

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3D modelling 101 - LOYOLA CAMPUS

two elephants in profile facing each other with tusks

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? 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 Circulation desk before the workshop.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Monday, October 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vanier Library, VL-122

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Image: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Elephant_With_Trunk_In_Others_Mouth.jpg

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Raspberry Pi 101: Cat selfie machine

gray cat with yellow eyes

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Coordinator - Digital Technology, 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.

Tuesday, October 8, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/macro-shot-photography-of-cat-1323326/

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Arduino 101

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, electronics or sewing experience required!

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Tuesday, October 15, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: bioluminescent jellyfish by Chris Favero on flickr, CC2.0

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Arduino 101 - LOYOLA CAMPUS

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, electronics or sewing experience required!

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, October 17, 3 to 5 p.m.
Vanier Library, VL-122

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Image: bioluminescent jellyfish by Chris Favero on flickr, CC2.0

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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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-207

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Patterns of power: A crash course in algorithms & society

male and female duck on rock in front of water male has stunning orange and white neck feathers with blue forehead

Speakers: Christine F. Smith is a Collection Services Librarian at Concordia University Library. Research interests centre on information and data ethics.

Francisco Berrizbeitia, Developer for the Concordia University Library. Works with machine learning, text mining and open data.

Machine Learning. Algorithms. Artificial Intelligence. These days, tech buzzwords abound. But what do they mean? How do they work? And, in what ways do these technologies influence our everyday life?

Join us for the 2-hour crash course as we explore the meanings behind these buzzwords, their inner workings and societal impacts, and the steps being taken – locally and around the world—to advocate for transparency and human rights within modern technology. In the hands-on portion of the workshop we’ll build our own machine learning predictive model from real-world data and see how biases are introduced.

This is an introductory workshop, with no coding or other pre-requisites. Please bring a laptop or sign one out from the Loans and Returns desk.

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

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Image: Mandarin ducks by Francis C. Franklin, CC3.0

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Updated: Friday 4 October 2019
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