ARIS – Augmented Reality and Game Design – July 31, 2014

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Thursday July 31 – 6-8PM

Dr. Seann Dikkers
Uniquely, mobile devices can locate a person within a few meters. Unlike many mobile applications, some of them can use location to tell stories and involve the player in location-based games – or augmented reality. This session will introduce you to this genre of digital narratives and we’ll spend most of our time learning to design and make location based interactive adventures. No programming skills are needed, we’ll show you all you need to know to make your own. Bring your own laptop and iOS device if you have them, we’ll have a few extras if you do not

Electronics 101 – July 10, 2014

Thursday July 10 – 6-8PM Clippinger 045
So what’s really going on with these electrical circuits? Mr. Brandon Saunders will lead a hands-on session on Introductory Electronics: What is voltage? Current? How do you use a voltmeter? How do we make motors run? (Voltage Regulators and H-bridges)

This is leading up to CArduino project the following week.

CArduino July 17, 2014

Thursday July 17 – 6-8PM Clippinger 045
We will be assembling a wheeled robot base that can be used with the Arduino. The base and other supplies will be about $25. You can then use your existing Arduino to provide the brains. If you don’t have an Arduino, you can borrow one to try it out.
I have a couple of $25 kits that include an Arduino and breadboard that could be purchased to flesh out the robot if need be.
*** Brandon will need to know Thursday night if you are looking to attend the workshop so that he can order the parts.

Insect Bot Workshop Sat June 28, 2014

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Saturday June 28 – 9AM-12noon

Come build a cute little insect robot from a couple of motors and a tiny Arduino-compatible board. The kit cost will be around $30-$35 and includes everything needed to bring this little creature to ‘life’. In the process you’ll learn a little more about programming Arduinos and controlling motors. You can check it out at the DFRobot site.

We’ll need to figure out how many kits to purchase, so we’ll need people to contact me in advance. We need to know by Thursday June 19 at the absolute latest so I can put the order in Thursday night.

3D Printer Workshop June 19, 2014

Thursday June 19 – 6-8PM

Ever wanted to try designing a widget that you could print? In 3D? We’ll explore the world of 3D printers and some simple design tools make this dream a reality. We’ll talk about how some of the less expensive 3D printers work and then try out a freely available design tool. Participants can take this new-found skill home and try designing something. We’ll gather at a later date to check out designs, perhaps suggest modifications and then try printing some. Prints take a while and do have certain limitations, but we’ll do our best to make your idea become reality!Replicator2