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Intro to Mapping with cartoDB

All data have a spatial component, even more so with the new prevalence of location-based applications. By asking questions of this data, we can gain insight into our social and environmental context, and tell powerful, analytical stories through visualizations. This class will start by covering the basics of geospatial data: what it is, how it’s organized, and a description of common formats. Note: Sign up for a free CartoDB account before the class, and come equipped with a laptop or tablet to follow along in the class. No programming or GIS experience is required.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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John works at Azavea as the GIS Project Manager on the Justice and Enterprise Services Team. John has over 13 years experience working in geographic information systems, database design and analysis, web development and design, and has focused for the last two years on managing large scale web application development projects. He graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies and Anthropology.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Tuesday, October 6th

Time

6:30-8:30pm

Price

$25

Intro to Soldering

Learn the basics of melting metal in this hands-on class. If you still haven’t picked up an iron, now’s the time!

Soldering is a basic way to make durable electrical connections and opens the door to all sorts of electronics kits and projects. These skills can (sort of) be transferred to jewelry making and even plumbing. Really, who wouldn’t want to try their hand at connecting small objects with molten metal?

Each student will assemble and solder a kit. We will have at least the following available:

Drawdio 
MiniPOV
MintyBoost
And for the more advanced:
Microcontroller programmers 

The price includes one of the kits above. If you prefer to bring your own kit to assemble, we can refund the $20 kit fee at the door. Ages 13 & up; 10-12 with accompanying adult.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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Daniel Bergey learned to program at his mother’s knee, and has been coding off and on since, usually while he should be doing something else. He began teaching by showing adults how to double-click on a Mac. In school he learned to draw straight lines and talk about art. More recently he’s been using sensors, Python, and graphs to understand the physics and energy use of buildings. He’s interested in how graphics support reasoning, and in the tools we make to scratch our own itches, but would never make it as industrial products.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Saturday, August 29th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$40

In a Pickle 9.22.15

IN A PICKLE IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Whether you have too much produce after a visit to the Farmer’s Market or you are preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse, canning is a wonderful way to preserve food. Heat, acid, sugar, and freezing are four common methods of preserving that are relatively easy for city dwellers.

In this session of In a Pickle, Allison will teach you quick pickling methods as well as hot water bathing canning while she walks you through the process of making pickled jalapeños and radishes.  

Following the class, there will be a cocktail hour where participants can taste a wide variety of pickled fruits and vegetables, as well as adult beverages specially made by Allison.

This class is open to students ages 16+ (21+ for adult beverages)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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Allison has a BFA in Textile Design from Moore College of Art and Design and an MLS from Drexel University. In her spare time Allison is picking, sewing, making art out of old maps and working on an overly ambitious vegetable garden.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Tuesday, September 22nd

Time

7pm – 9pm

Price

$29

Build a Bee Box 8.18.15

Honeybees may get all the attention, but there are 4,000 species of native bees in the U.S., and they play an important role in keeping our ecosystem buzzing.  Maybe you’re not ready to don the beekeeper suit just yet, but you can still help these precious pollinators out by building a bee box for your own backyard.  During this workshop, you’ll learn about solitary, native bees and craft your very own native bee box to provide a place for bees to lay their eggs and bolster the bee population.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

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Samantha Wittchen is a sustainability consultant, designer and gardener living in Philadelphia.  She loves any wildlife that’s beneficial to her garden, and her article on native bee boxes appeared in the July issue of Grid Magazine. She thinks everyone should have a bee box in her backyard and is excited to spread the native bee love at DM+D.

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Wynn Geary is an incoming freshman atThe Rhode Island School of Design and a graduate of The Science Leadership Academy, where he began working on a smart beehive project. Wynn’s Smart Hive has been featured in Grid Magazine and launched on August 1st.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Tuesday, August 18th

Time

7-9pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird

Intro to Processing 10.12.15 – 10.26.15

This class is a beginner-friendly guide to Processing, the open-source programming language for visual artists. Processing is based on the Java language, and a great first step for artists interested in learning to program and exploring what creative coding can do. No previous programming experience is required. In 3 sessions, we’ll review the basics of creating a program from scratch, do hands-on exercises, and be building our own programs and projects much quicker than you’d think possible.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Mondays, October 12, 19 + 26

Time

6:30pm – 9pm

Price

$90 for all 3 sessions or $40 each

Intro to Arduino 8.19.15 – 9.02.15

In this class you can expect a fun crash course on everything you will need to get busy creating with your Arduino. We’ll cover all the key concepts, from learning the fundamental aspects of programming with the Arduino language, to the different types of materials you can use in your projects and prototypes. Our aim for this course is to send you home with a cool project to show your friends, a whole bunch of new ideas and the knowledge and resources to produce some Arduino magic! All participants must have a laptop to bring to each session to work with the Arduino code.

The cost of the class does not include materials. We will have a kit with an Arduino Uno and an assortment of sensors, buzzers, and more for you to experiment with in class. This kit is an additional $45, which you can pay for online or with cash, check, or credit card in person. After the class is over if you don’t think you’ll use them anymore, you may return the kit with all the parts intact for a full refund of $45. If you have your own Arduino already you are welcome to use that, and just purchase the additional parts separately.

Age 13+

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Wednesdays, August 19+26 and September 2

Time

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Facilitator

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Cost

$40 for each
$90 for all 3 sessions

OTHER CLASSES & OPPORTUNITIES

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DIY Bike Lights

Bright lights on your bike are essential for night time riding. Make sure you are seen by everyone by adding bright LEDs to your handlebars. In the first session of this class you will solder your own battery pack to your light strip, and attach them to your handlebars. In the second session we will sew a waterproof pouch for your battery pack and you’ll be good to go!

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Tuesdays, August 11+ 25

Time

6-8pm

Price

$30 each or $50 for both classes

Secret Storage 8.02.15

Work together to transform old books into secret storage. Designed for 5-8th grader and their adults, this workshop is all about collaboration. Use a variety of power tools and hand tools to build a small storage space that is conveniently disguised as a stack of books. No experience needed. Long pants and close-toed shoes required. MEET THE INSTRUCTOR 20150617_163100 Brittany Walker a Philadelphia-based multimedia and teaching artist who combines craftsmanship, functionality, and interaction into her own works and while teaching others. After graduating from University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Crafts, Walker turned her focus to inspiring Philadelphia youth to learn through creation. She has run multiple after school programs within the Philadelphia area Including the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Sunday, August 2nd

Time

1:00-3:00pm

Price

$29 

Intro to Japanese Calligraphy

Shodo, or Japanese Calligraphy, has been practiced for hundreds of years as an art, a meditation tool, and, of course, a method of communication. Learn how to mix your own ink, basic brush technique and forms, and the method to practice at home after the class is over. No prior knowledge of Japanese or calligraphy is needed; all class supplies provided. Walk home with a beautiful piece of hand painted art!

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

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Sara Beth Winters got bitten with the Japanese language bug after her parents told her studying Spanish would be more useful. A full ride to Soka University in Tokyo later, Sara’s worked diligently at her Japanese and calligraphy ever since, teaching calligraphy and ukio-e painting across the USA at anime conventions like Otakon since 2010 with a Masters in East Asian Studies and Japanese Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Tuesday, August 4th

Time

7:00-9:00pm

Price

$5

Garnet Valley Middle School 5.05.15

Author:
STEPHANIE SETIAWAN
Date:
JULY 02, 2015

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This past winter, Victoria and her mother wandered into DM+D after dinner one evening. After a quick tour and laser cutter demonstration, Victoria was hooked, and left determined to find a way to bring her 8th grade classmates at Garnet Valley Middle School to the space for a field trip. Her interest in and enthusiasm for DM+D convinced Victoria’s teacher, Renee Fledderman, to bring a large group of students to DM+D to get in touch with their inner maker. Several months later, these curious middle-schoolers spent the day learning the basics of circuitry, laser-cutting and power tools to construct their own light box.

As soon as they arrived, the group immediately got hands-on with a team-building activity. Mike Darfler tasked the students with building the tallest tower of plastic cups using only four strings and a rubber band—no hands allowed. With one minute to scrape a plan together and five minutes to build, the students collaborated with a competitive spirit. Building the tallest tower of plastic cups under a time crunch without touching them was no easy task. Amidst a flurry of false starts and tumbling cups, the students used their wit and creativity to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to build their towers. “I think their willingness to try new things…helped them to come up with more solutions to the problem,” says Darfler. “They were working as a team to come up with solutions that were different every time.” After completing three rounds of tower building—the last of which was a sudden-death race to the top—it was finally time to get making.

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Fueled by excitement and energy, the students began building a customizable, functional, and durable light box that they would be able to personalize and take home. With just six pieces, assembling the light box seemed simple enough, yet it incorporated different elements of the ‘maker’ culture, such as electronics, digital fabrication, and power tools. Under the tutelage of Max Lawrence in the electronics area, students got their feet wet with basic circuitry. Equipped with the DIY-mentality and armed with copper tape, LEDs, and coin batteries, the students tackled what was, perhaps, one of the hardest tasks of the day—creating an electric circuit from scratch.

On top of learning the knowhow of circuitry, one of the unique things students were able to do at DM+D was add a personal touch to their creations by using a laser cutter to etch their names onto their light boxes. Unlike many traditional fabrication techniques that are designed to produce the exact same thing again and again, the laser cutter can make something different every time.

After students had completed assembling the circuitry and etching their phrases, they headed to DM+D’s power tools shop to get creative and experiment with different sizes of drill bits to make holes for the lights to shine through. Many students enjoyed the drilling process because they had the freedom to be innovative. Instead of just drilling random holes, some students chose to drill their initials, others created intricate constellations of pinholes, and some opted for random abstraction. In that room, there was no such thing as a mistake.

Once all the pieces were ready, students had just about enough time left to assemble their creations. The scramble for brushes and wood glue proved intense as students began hustling and bustling, determined to complete the project that they exhausted their efforts into before running out the door to catch the bus.

Between the tower-building frenzy, troubleshooting some circuitry and drilling, the students had fun and were able to gain some new skills. At the end of the day, the students went home, not just with a light box, but with a newfound creativity and the mindset of a maker. In just two hours, these talented 8th graders used their wit and creativity, worked on problem solving, and demonstrated perseverance and tech proficiency, which were ultimately reflected through their end product. When asked what they thought of the project, a student remarked, “I thought it was a really productive and creative field trip that caught my interest. I learned to keep my mind open to new ideas.”

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