Animated Matrix Display NeoPixel Art

Have you seen those cool RGB pixel boxes and wish you could make and program your own? Well, now you can! Building your own 8x8 RBG Animated Pixel box is not only easy, but it is also fun as well. If you are looking for a fun and easy project that will impress your family and friends, then this is the workshop for you. In this workshop, you will learn:
  • How to connect an 8x8 RGB Neopixel matrix to an Arduino.
  • Set up your programming environment to program an Arduino
  • Program 8x8 pixel images into an Arduino
  • Program animated 8x8 pixel images into an Arduino
  • How to 3D print the matrix display box
  • Build a matrix display box with card stop
This workshop will show you how to wire an 8x8 Neopixel display to an Arduino Nano. Download the necessary software to program and upload to your Arduino nano. Set up your programming environment including how to find and install needed libraries. You will have access to all the files to print your own 3D Display box in the picture. The display box is an original design by the instructor. You will have access to it before it is uploaded to Thingiverse. You will learn how to create a display box using card stock paper or get tips on how to use other materials. In those cool LED matrix boxes and wish you could make and program your own?

Introduction to Arduino and Robotics

This program will introduce the participant to the basics of Arduino microcontrollers, breadboards, electronics, programming, and robotics. They will learn about analog and digital inputs and outputs, basic sensors, motors, and building an obstacle avoidance robot using the Sparkfun Inventor's Kit version 4.1. This workshop is at the novice level but will require participants to get the kit on their own and do the pre-work.

Laser Cut and Engrave Everything

Learn how to take your creative or professional work to the next level with lasercutting. In this course, we’ll learn how to cut and engrave dozens of materials, create laser-ready design files using Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, and discuss ways that a laser cutter can help you to make your ideas into something that you can hold in your hand (or sell online). During this course, you will:
  • Create your own design 
  • Choose your favorite material (wood, acrylic, felt, foam, etc)
  • Watch your design get cut/engraved using the Glowforge
  • Have your finished piece mailed directly to you!

Concepting in Cardboard: Unlock your Prototyping Powers!

Overview It’s been said that cardboard is the "gateway drug to making”. For me, it’s the secret superpower behind nearly every build project! Somewhere between sketching your idea and setting out to construct it, there’s an uncertain step where you’re tasked with imagining how an object will feel in space. Does the scale seem right? How does the shape look from all angles? Will it fit? It’s hard to guess about these design elements and spatial relationships without seeing the thing in front of you, or holding it in your hands.  The good news is, you don’t need advanced modeling skills, virtual reality simulations, or even a big budget for prototyping. Using materials you probably already have at home, you can rough out models in cardboard, foam core, or other scrap to quickly “sketch” your idea out in three dimensions! What You’ll Do In this workshop, we’ll discuss the thought process behind low-tech prototyping and scale models. We will cover the basics of working with a variety of materials: where to find them, how to cut and shape them, as well as different types of joints and attaching methods, and how best to use them in your models. Next, I’ll show you some techniques for taking your prototypes to the next level - methods for measuring and patterning off your mockups to make your final designs. Finally, we’ll send you off with a design challenge to apply these skills and put your new mockup chops to the test! You’ll leave with a fresh look at design thinking, some useful modeling techniques, and a new relationship with the contents of your recycling bin!

MAKE: Geometry – Getting Started!

Want to teach geometry at home or in a classroom with 3D prints, coding, or some other hands-on exploration?  Geometry, of all the branches of mathematics, is the one that is most easily visualized by making something. However, it is all too easy to reduce it to reams of formulas to memorize and proofs to replicate. Our new book, MAKE: Geometry,  helps students learn key topics from middle- and high-school geometry by creating 3D prints and trying out other hands-on projects.  The book also teaches how to use the free CAD program OpenSCAD, which uses computer code to describe objects. This interactive workshop will introduce teachers and parents to OpenSCAD and the models in the book, and help them feel confident using the materials and expanding on them. No prior knowledge of OpenSCAD is required!

Beginning 3D Printing For Educators

Has your school, library, or museum just purchased a 3D printer? Are you wondering how to get started, and where you can find good educational materials? We will assume that you have minimal exposure to 3D printing and talk you through:
  • What a 3D printer can do
  • How to create a 3D-printable model with free programs, or where to find models online
  • The steps and software involved for common 3D printers
  • Different materials you can print with and why you might want to use each one
We'll also introduce you to 3D printable math and science models we have developed.