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Tow Tea: Getting Started with Sensors

March 3, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Brown Institute for Media Innovation
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Tow Tea: Getting Started with Sensors (RSVP required)
Columbia School of Journalism
Brown Institute for Media Innovation (Room 201)
Thursday, March 3, 2016
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Sensor journalism is an exciting new area of experimentation, but what does it really take to set up sensors on your own? This hands-on workshop is designed to take the intimidation out of working with hardware by introducing simple circuits and sensors, as well as demonstrating the kind of hardware/software combinations that are used to build and capture data from your own “sensing machines.”

In this workshop we will learn how to use sensors and other electronic components to explore, record, and augment our environment. Participants will learn how to build analog circuits with raw circuit components, and design their own simple sensing device. They will also be introduced to more advanced platforms, such as the Arduino. We will also review inspiration projects and additional resources for taking these digital ideas to the next level.

Workshop leader: Deren Guler
Deren Guler is a designer, researcher, and educator based in New York. She researches and develops technology that uses interactivity and computation to explore nature and create playful experiences. She has lead award-winning projects around the world centered on this theme. She created Teknikio – a series of toolkits that enable you to embed electronics into anything – in attempt to fill the gap of hands-on science and engineering products for children, especially for young girls. She is the author of Crafting Wearables, a book about the state of wearable technology and fashion. In addition to Teknikio, she adjuncts at Parsons the New School for Design, and is a co-founder of the FatCatFabLab a makerspace in downtown Manhattan.

Note: This workshop is only open to current students at the Columbia Journalism School; RSVP is required and space is very limited. Attendees who cancel less than 24 hours in advance may be refused entry to future events.

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