With Leah Buechley & HyunJoo Oh

July 15 - 19, 2019

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Learn how to design and build tiny machines! We will explore and play with mechanical paper crafts using a motion library and a new kit of tiny programmable motors. Build mechanical creatures to animate your clothing, your books, or your walls. Find inspirations in the environment and invent your own mini-machines. In this workshop you will combine hands-on making and simulated modeling to design movements and prototype little mechanisms.

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to design, build, and control things that move. An understanding of simple circuits and a willingness to tinker with craft materials would be helpful.

What should participants bring?
A laptop with the Arduino IDE and Chrome browser installed. Equipment will also be available for use through ATLAS.

About the Instructors
Leah Buechley is a designer, engineer, and educator. Her work explores integrations of electronics, computing, art, craft, and design. Her inventions include the LilyPad Arduino, a construction kit for sew-able electronics. She currently runs a design firm, Rural / Digital, that explores playful integrations of technology and design. Previously, she was an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directed the High-Low Tech group. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Popular Science, and Wired. Leah received a PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College. At both institutions she also studied dance, theater, fine art, and design. Leah was the recipient of the 2017 Edith Ackerman award for Interaction Design and Children.

HyunJoo Oh is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Schools of Industrial Design and Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Working at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and design, she studies and builds creative technologies that integrate everyday craft materials with computing. Her work including PaperMech has been published and exhibited at ACM SIGCHI conferences and maker community. She received a PhD from the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder and master’s degrees in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and Media Interaction Design from Ewha Womans University.


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