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Past workshops

Electrickery

Swimming stringray

Speakers: Jasia Stuart, Coordinator - Digital Technology, Concordia University Library
Sean Cooney, Techniology Sandbox Technician, Concordia University Library

Why do I have to use this resistor with this component? Which battery can I power my project with? How do I know where the problem in my circuit it? Starting to work with electronics can be confusing; this introductory session designed to give you the essential knowledge and skills to get started faster. We will also cover the basics of reading a circuit diagram and using a multimeter to troubleshoot.

Electronics material provided for the workshop. A laptop will help you follow along with the activities, if you don't have one sign one out from the loans and returns desk. No prior electronics experience required!

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, March 26, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: By lowjumpingfrog from Salt Lake City, USA - Eagle Ray, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php

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Past workshops: 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.

Friday, January 17, 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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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.

Monday, January 20, 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 - 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.

Wednesday, January 22, 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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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, January 24, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-207

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Image: Starfish by giadarossi from Pixabay

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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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Image: Penguin from Pixabay

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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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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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.

Thursday, January 30, 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, February 4, 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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Updated: Friday 10 July 2020
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