June 13, 2019
3D Printing to Teach Math and Science by Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron
Background about math and science modeling:
Joan and Rich have been innovators in this space, developing two books of 3D printed math and science books for Apress and a forthcoming one for MIT Press. They will share their experiences, philosophy, and some tricks they've learned to create hands-on models of abstract concepts. They use the open-source 3D CAD program OpenSCAD to create models that students can vary based on the inherent science or math to create interactive learning experiences. Their current books and courses are linked on their website.
April 18, 2019View Video of Past Event
Make Vegan Leather in Your Kitchen with Kombucha by Christine Knobel
Have you ever thought to yourself: "If only I could grow a material to make cool clothes and that had low impact on the environment?"
Then look no further! It's easy to make your own vegan leather from kombucha in your kitchen (or where ever you have a little extra space). Dry it, shape it, and sew it to create your own unique designs. Take a deep dive into kombucha's huge potential as a textile and how to optimize it for comfortable wear. Plus, learn about disposal options once you're ready for a new look.
Christine works as a freelance designer in the Northern California Bay Area. She has worked with such companies as Cari Borja Clothesmaker, Community Homework, Ink+Ivy, as well as with private clients for cosplay design and construction orders. Her work has been featured by Marvel Comics, and seen on such sites as Vanity Fair, LA Weekly, the Daily Mail UK, and YouTube. Christine has worked as an instructor at Arizona State University in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and at University of California, Davis in Design. She is interested in sustainability and how to reduce and reuse waste from the fashion and textile industries. Her recent research has been exploring use of natural dyes, zero waste fashion design, and creative fabric scrap reuse. Her current research is focused on increasing sustainability in cosplay and finding tactics that can also be carried over into the fashion industry.
February 21, 2019View Video of Past Event
Building Multi-Platform VR Interactions in Unity by Sky Rolnick
January 24, 2019View Video of Past Event
Primer: What You Need to Know to Build Robots by Saura Naderi
December 13, 2018View Video of Past Event
Wearable Tech 101 by Kitty Yeung
This live workshop will start with a step-by-step tutorial to construct tech-infused garments, including explanation of common hardware used, integration with soft materials and programming of microcontrollers. We will be making a light-up patch as a 101 demonstration. The basic principles established will be used to scale up into a full tech-embedded dress. Kitty will show her work in progress of a recent dress she’s creating. See some examples at hackster.io/kitty-yeung
If you'd like to build along, you can purchase the Gemma Starter Pack from Adafruit. You will also need some felt (see main image for example of use). Please ensure that you prep your Gemma V2 by installing the Arduino, NeoPixel, and Gemma libraries. You can find more information on prepping your Gemma V2 here.
Kitty Yeung is a physicist, artist, maker, fashion designer, and musician based in Silicon Valley, California. She currently works as a creative technologist and manager at The Garage, Microsoft. Kitty’s earlier career had been focused on hardcore scientific research and academic training while pursuing artistic endeavors through painting, music and graphic novel creations. After finishing her PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University and conducting research at Intel, Kitty found the perfect way to integrate art/design with science/technology via tech-fashion design. Her work focuses on applying cutting-edge technologies to both garments and manufacturing processes.
November 20, 2018View Video of Past Event
Primer to 3D Printing: Scalability in Digital Fabrication by Matthew Ebisu
October 24, 2018View Video of Past Event
Integrating the Makerspace into any School by Adam Kemp
September 27, 2018View Video of Past Event
Make Your Own Internet-Controlled Robot by Jillian Ogle