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 Board Games more Interactive

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    In this presentation We would present an interactive way of playing board games in the physical world rather than the virtual world.Our Long Term goal being to enable even the visually impaired or the specially challenged to get the experience of interactive gaming against a computer.We would present our prototype of Automated Chess which enables user to play game of chess on a physical board against a computer or against a friend present at any remote location via internet.


      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


                    Young Artists Create 3D Printed Artwork at the Brooklyn Museum

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                    This summer, the Brooklyn Museum piloted a class in 3D printing and design for middle school students, ages 11-13. From the students themselves, hear how they learned how to 3D scan, model, and create works of art. See videos and images of the students and Brooklyn Museum works that inspired them, such as Coffin in the Form of a Nike Sneaker by Paa Joe, and then view their large-scale collaborative work close-up. This class was part of the Museum's Gallery/Studio Program, and was generously funded by Deutsche Bank.


                      Beyond the Challenges

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                      Challenging Ourselves: From competing in a NASA challenge to sharing a maker shed in your local community, all citizen inventors have a role to play. Cultivating and growing our local maker communities can enable great discoveries and offer advantages to everyone from the small business to the garage designer.


                      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.


                          3D Printing in Space: The Next Frontier!

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                          Any remote location, whether the middle of a desert or the surface of Mars, presents a challenge in terms of obtaining the resources needed to thrive. This is particularly meaningful when applied to space exploration where the supply chain has been severely constrained. This year, history will be made by launching the first 3D Printer to the International Space Station. This technology will forevermore improve the way we live and operate in space and ultimately provide the much-needed solution for sustainable human exploration of the universe.


                            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.


                                Curiosity, Imagination and Motivation: The Natural Inclinations of Young Makers

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                                The Maker Movement is a technological and educational revolution that is showing the potential to today's young makers. Devices like 3D printers, robots and wearable devices are increasingly being designed and produced by young makers. In this panel discussion, Atmel's Bob Martin and Daniel Ujvari will explore the how the STEM initiative and Maker Movement are influencing young makers and helping to create tomorrow's industry innovators. The panel will feature Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arudino; Quin Etnyre, chief executive officer of Qtechknow and Ayah Bdeir, CEO of littleBits.


                                  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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