Tinkering In the Digital Age – Hacking LEGO

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My work is now focused on releasing a full Debian image that runs on the LEGO EV3 - this makes it comparable to the Raspberry Pi in capabilities
As interesting side note, we ma be able to work something out with Shubham Banerjee - a well known young student that created the Braigo (LEGO Braille printer) based on my original model


    Make Tools, Not Products

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    The landscape of entrepreneurship is affected by the Maker Movement and Jesse Genet, Founder of Lumi, believes the most compelling companies are focusing on building tools instead of products. How can you turn your idea into a tool others can use?
    Genet will share her journey from selling fabric prints in the Los Angeles area to selling her Lumi printing kits in over 1400 stores and 40+ countries around the world. She'll explore how you can decide if your product or project idea would grow faster if you sold components and kits instead of finished goods.


      NASA Launching your Small Satellites

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      With the rise of the CubeSat community, secondary launch opportunities, and the maker movement, access to space has opened up to the American public in an unprecedented way. For very low-costs, independent groups of citizens can design, build, and with NASAs assistance launch their own spacecraft into orbit. This provides a historic opportunity to leverage the excitement of spaceflight to engage in a nation-wide workforce development initiative that would see new communities build their first spacecraft, revitalizing confidence and engineering capabilities across the nation.


        The Two Week Electric Kart

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        Students at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School worked after school over a two week period to build an electric kart. They came into the project with few tools, little knowledge of how electric vehicles worked or how to build one. They drove their kart at the Cape Cod Maker Faire. We will discuss the project, its challenges and successes. They got help from experts, and sourced materials from unusual places.


          Maker Education for the 2e Student

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          The challenges of Maker education for the twice exceptional learner illuminate significant issues for STEAM education in every context. Drawing from years of experience in hands-on learning, Kate Yourke will identify goals and obstacles both conceptual and practical, describing ways to enrich, differentiate, integrate and create with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. From guar gum to polarizing polymers, with needle felting, silkscreen and enamel, students have experienced the materials and processes of their built environment, gaining insight and making connections while enhancing executive function & coordination.


            Pop Up Labs: Reflections from Africa

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            Low-cost computing technology is rapidly scaling development efforts through increased access to quality educational resources. ELiTE discusses its use of the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other platforms to pilot STEM education programs, packaged in backpacks, and delivered to resource limited communities around the world.


              Making Electronics with the TM-240A Pick-and-place Machine

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              Wayne and Layne purchased a low-cost pick-and-place machine to make electronics. We're able to prototype faster and cheaper than ever. We're sharing our experiences, tips, and tricks, and releasing open source software for working with the TM-220A and TM-240A.


                Optics & Photonics with LEGO(R) bricks

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                How to fascinate young researchers for the field of optics & photonics? Is there any experimental platform for them to make research at a professional level? How can they follow their own ideas? These questions initiated the idea of transferring optics/photonics-experiments to schools and education by using Lego-bricks. This maker project essentially involves the development of experiments at professional level with excellent opto-mechanical quality at low costs. Construction manuals, parts lists, manuals for experiments, setup- and adjustment movies are published as open-source on the makers' webpage http//www.myphotonics.eu.


                  Electronic Musical Instruments and How to Imagine Your Own

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                  From staircases to sandboxes, everyday interactions can easily become musical when you add a little computing, creating joy and enabling new kinds of artistic expression. In this presentation I demo some electronic musical instruments, and talk about how you can use ChucK and Arduino to make your own musical visions a reality.n


                    Inspiring Creativity in our Youngest Makers

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                    Parents and educators interested in promoting creativity and innovation in makers aged 2-12 can join experts at the Center for Childhood Creativity for an engaging summary of research on developing creative brains, and a virtual tour of activities and resources for younger makers. Come learn what research tells us about how a child-directed, risk-friendly, emotionally attuned, active, time-flexible, and exploratory environment promotes creativity in children. The talk includes highlights from neuroscience on growing creative brains and a gallery of project ideas at age-appropriate levels.


                      Making It in College

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                      We'll talk about how Making has pathways to engineering majors as its advantages to becoming technically literate are numerous. Programs such that emphasize project-based learningn(Olin, Harvey Mudd College, Arizona State University, Bucknell University) have committed to integration hands-on experiences and building projects into 4 years of engineering curricula. This will not be a selling spiel for our ASU and Bucknell programs but rather a talk connecting project-based learning and Making.


                        Making makers from Guatemala & latam

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                        There's a sense of pride in making, in learning something new and seeing it working in real life. Even if it's only blinking a LED(the hardware version of a hello world) there's something magical when it works. That is why the Innovation Lab at Galileo University in Guatemala launched a program called Engineering Kickstart for high school students as a 3-week introduction to coding and basic electronics. We wanted to get them excited about tech, to know how cool is being an engineer and make them cross the line from tech users to makers.


                          BioMaker: Biologists as Tool-Builders

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                          Micropipettors are featured in every TV crime lab, and are one of the most common tools in biology. Did you know that they started out as a Maker project? The first micropipettor was rigged from a medical syringe by a quirky scientist-inventor in the 1950's. But that's rare now: scientists became tool consumers, and tool-builders stopped doing science. We should turn that around.
                          In this talk, I'll showcase ways to think like a scientist-inventor: to identify a scientific challenge and invent a technical solution. Specific examples will include custom-built scientific equipment and gadgets that use Maker-friendly technologies.n


                            Charlieplexing LEDs on a Raspberry Pi

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                            Charlieplexing is a very efficient mechanism for controlling lots of LEDs from a Raspberry Pi. In this talk I will explain how Charlieplexing works and how it can be used with a Raspberry Pi. nCharlieplexing theoretically allows you to control n * n - n LEDs where n is the number of GPIO pins that you use. So, if you used 6 pins, you could control 6 * 6 - 6 = 30 LEDs.nThe talk will include a live demonstration of controlling 6 LEDs using 3 pins and solderless breadboard.


                              Design your own PCBs: Getting Started with EAGLE

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                              This presentation describes just what is involved in creating your own Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). Including the design process, options for making the boards yourself or having the boards manufactured by a PCB studio. The presentation is accompanied by a live demonstration of EAGLE PCB.


                                Visualising Data Via Wearable Technology

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                                I will talk about my work with wearable technology that uses physiological data, in particular, two pieces I have designed and built: the Baroesque Barometric Skirt, which visualises data from three environmental sensors, plus a temperature sensor that pulls in body temperature of the wearer. The other is the EEG Visualising Pendant, which amplifies brainwave attention and meditation data of the wearer, on an LED matrix. The device allows others to make assumptions and interpretations from its visualisations, for example, whether the person wearing the pendant is paying attention or not concentrating.


                                  What’s next after 3D Printing? 3D Carving.

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                                  So far we've only seen the beginning of the Third Industrial Revolution. After getting past the media hype around 3D printing, what's next? Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan gives an overview of the next technology that will change desktop manufacturing.


                                    So You Want To Make A Drone?

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                                    For two years, the Manufacturing Systems Classes at Madison Area Technical College (Madison, Wisconsin) designed, built, and flew a variety of multi-rotor vehicles to learn about this emerging technology and to assess the technology for potential application. The class projects were sponsored by the Madison Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers with additional support from local companies interested in the technology. Building drones can be a lot of fun and definitely educational. The talk will discuss how to make a drone, building on successful Open Source projects, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.


                                      How and Why You Should Hack Your Brain

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                                      Neuroscience: not just for people with fancy letters after their names. In this talk, DIY scientist Nathan Whitmore describes the rise of the cognitive enhancement community, his experience appropriating fancy science machines for the public, and the nuts and bolts of hacking your brain into awesomeness without killing yourself. You'll learn how to build and use tools like Arduino-based brain stimulators and EEG data miners to conduct your own experiments and be introduced to a community of people working to push the limits of the human intellect.



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