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StartUp Studio at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science

StartUp Studio at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and New Mexico Highlands University – Department of Media Arts & Technology

Program Summary

“StartUp Studio”, an exciting series of summer workshops targeting youth ages eight and up, will be held inside the exhibit Start Up: The History of Personal Computing at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, in Albuquerque. “StartUp Studio” activities are designed to encourage hands-on electronics discovery built around the concepts of circuitry, programming, interactivity””and of course, the joy of making new things and repurposing old ones! Five workshops will target up to 12 youth participants each. A sixth workshop for adults will provide inspiration and training for classroom making and hands-on activities. The final full-day workshop will coincide with the Mini Maker Faire Albuquerque. Workshops will serve a total of 72 participants, 60 young people ages 8-12 and 12 adults, as well as museum and Mini Maker Faire visitors, who will be able to observe activities.

Workshops will be presented by the Museum Classroom, a dedicated space and collaborative program of the museum and the Department of Media Arts & Technology of New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) that offers courses in physical computing to undergraduates and graduate students and informal opportunities for museum professionals to interact with faculty and students on exhibit technology projects. “StartUp Studio” workshops are an outgrowth of our first year of maker programming. Workshops will be led by NMHU faculty and student interns.

“StartUp Studio” will launch an ongoing makerspace program at the museum, inspired by Albuquerque”™s important role in the personal computing and hacking revolution that is celebrated in the StartUp exhibition. Seed funding has been provided by LANS, the consortium than operates Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Agenda

The following workshops have been designed for youth ages 8 and older to attend with or without a parent present. The workshops will be led by an NMHU faculty member and two cultural technology interns who are participating in an initiative to train them for work in museum makerspaces. Workshops will take place inside the “hacker space” gallery of the Start Up exhibit, so that museum visitors will see live making activities happening in the exhibit space. The final full-day workshop for will be held in conjunction with the Mini Maker Faire Albuquerque.

6/13/13 (Thursday) For Children: Sound Works!
Youth will explore sound and technology by creating their own synthesizers and/or create new sounds with old toys via circuit bending. This workshop will be during the week of Sound Exploration at Explora’s summer program.
Materials Needed:
makey-makeys, solder, wires, old toys and keyboards, miniture synth parts/mini theramin parts

6/29/2013 (Saturday) For Children: Intro to programming with Scratch
This workshop will be an introduction to programming language with an educational tool called Scratch. Youth will produce their own mini-games with the program.
Materials Needed:
computers with scratch on them, projector

7/3/2013 (Wednesday) For Children: Make things light up!
To celebrate the 4th of July, why not make things light up! young people will explore non-traditional circuitry to make designs with LEDs!
Materials Needed:
Multiple packs of LEDs, bare conductive paint, copper tape, assortment of batteries, wires, alligator clips

7/17/13 (Wednesday) For Children: 3D printing and scanning, detecting with Kinect
This workshop will be both an introduction to 3d printing and scanning and also a more developed workshop for youth with a background in architectural design and/or computer programming. This workshop will coincide with summer programs at Explora, Albuquerque Academy and Museum of Nuclear Science.

8/17 (Saturday) 1- 4pm For Adults/Teachers: Intro to Arduino
Teachers need some just before school inspiration? Come learn about the Arduino micro-controller for art making or education!
Materials Needed:
Arduino Unos packets, pushbutton switchs, pots, LEDs, photocells?

and on the same date:

For Children: Intro to programming with Scratch & Scratch II for previous particapants.
This workshop will be an introduction to programming language with an educational tool called Scratch. Youth will produce their own mini-games with the program. Participants who attended the first workshop will progress to the intermediate level.
Materials Needed:
computers with scratch on them, projector

8/25/2013 (Sunday) *For Youth: Special guest, Leah Buechley, inventor of the arduino lilypad, and E-textiles
This final full-day workshop for youth will be a part of Mini Maker Faire Albuquerque that focuses on the usage of E-textiles. It will surely bring people’s clothes to life!
Materials Needed:
Sparkfun E-textile packets, fabric, and participants’ own clothing!

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