Classes & Opportunities

Creepy Kitchen

Scientists conduct experiments in order to explore and study the world around them. A Mad Scientist’s experiments cross boundaries that ought not to be crossed. If you were a mad scientist what would you experiment with? Prepare to get in touch with your inner mad scientist and get messy. Explore the different states of matter using ingredients you can find around your house. Create magnetic slime, glow-in-the-dark oobleck, spooky bubbles, and even make instant ice cream with dry ice. This program is designed for children 5-10 and their adults.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

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Brittany Walker is 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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Date

Sunday, October 25th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird 

Animatronic Origami

Almost everything expands as it gets warmer, but did you know some metals actually contract when they are heated? Nickel Titanium shape memory actuator wire, or “Muscle Wire” has a unique ability to contract when a current is passed through it, making it perfect for art and robotics. It was even used on the NASA Sojourner rover mission to Mars in 1997. Explore the unique properties of this wire and create a circuit that will bring your origami to life. Designed for children 10-15 and their adults.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Brittany_W

Brittany Walker is 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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Date

Sunday, October 11th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird 

Circuit City 9.19.15

Electricity powers everything from a single light bulb to an entire city, but how does electricity get from the power plant to your home? Explore how electricity flows by building simple circuits that light up or make noise. Then combine them with other people’s creations to make more complex circuits and see how they interact. Each component will be a building of your own making, and when combined they will form a city as unique as Philadelphia. When you’re finished take your creations home and keep exploring. Designed for kids 5-10 and their adults.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Brittany_W

Brittany Walker is 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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Date

Saturday, September 19th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird 

8Bit Wall Decals 9.13.15

Are your walls lacking in your favorite 8bit designs? Is there a notable absence of zombie stickers on your phone? From Minecraft to Mario to Memes, 8bit is everywhere on your screens but why not bring it out to the physical world. Learn how to use your favorite 8bit images to create customizable decorations. Using Illustrator you will learn to transform your favorite iconic image into stickers and decals that you can put anywhere. Take your creations home and customize your everything. Designed for kids ages 9-14 and their adults.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Brittany_W

Brittany Walker is 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.

8 bit designs

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Date

Sunday, September 13th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird 

LED Masks & Monsters 10.24.15

Light-up fashion has been spreading over the past several years, working its way up from the hobbyist world to the runway, and now disseminating back into the community. Our class is designed to give beginners a crash course in circuits and sewing and a practical guide to working with e-textiles. We’ll provide materials for attendees to make an LED felt monster, or you can bring your own fabric and work on your own project. No previous experience is required. Prior programming knowledge is not required.

Age 13+

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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Daniel Bergey learned to program on his mother’s knee,and has been coding off and on since, usually while he should be doing something else. More recently he studies the physics and energy use of buildings. He started using the Raspberry Pi a few years ago for remote for data collection.

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Date

Saturday, October 24th

Time

1-4pm

Price

$35

Intro to GitHub 10.20.15

Ever make changes that broke your code and forgot how your code worked before? Want to work with someone on a code project, but aren’t sure who has the latest version of a particular file? Interested in open source software, yet not sure how to contribute? Learn how to use Git and Github to solve these problems and more!

Git is a popular version control application that can track your code changes. This session will introduce the basics of version control and how to use Git to keep track of your changes to a project. You’ll also learn how to use GitHub (a hosting service) to collaborate with other developers. We will start the class by setting up your GitHub account and configuring Git on your machine.

Age 13+

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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Sarah Johnson started her IT career as a receptionist who asked why her company used pen and paper instead of a web application and ended up as the Manager of Technology. She learned web programming on the job with support from community tech user groups, eventually giving back to the same community by teaching with organizations like Girl Develop It and TechGirlz. After volunteering with TechGirlz as a teacher, committee member, and TechShopz Coach, Sarah was hired as the Community Outreach Manager, working to engage the community in and beyond Philadelphia to inspire girls to learn about technology.

Sarah’s social life consists of organizing and attending technology-related events in the Philadelphia area. She is a co-organizer of OpenAccessPHL, a network of civic technology enthusiasts and innovators, a member of the planning committee for the Women in Tech Summit, and an active member of the Code for Philly brigade of Code for America.

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Date

Tuesday, October 20th

Time

6:30-8:30pm

Price

$15

Intro to Physical Computing w Raspi 10.07.15

The Raspberry Pi is an excellent machine for physical computing projects that need networking, disk storage, or both. It runs Linux and has standard video, audio, and USB ports, so you have your choice of software, programming languages, and hardware. This class will provide a fast-paced tour of everything you need to start your own projects on the Raspberry Pi.

We’ll cover initial setup, connecting the computer to the internet, connecting to breadboards using SPI or I2C, and a taste of the Linux command line – and we’ll explain what all that means. Some prior programming experience, in any language, is assumed. The class examples will be in Python.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

bergey_rasppi

Daniel Bergey learned to program on his mother’s knee,and has been coding off and on since, usually while he should be doing something else. More recently he studies the physics and energy use of buildings. He started using the Raspberry Pi a few years ago for remote for data collection.

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Date

Wednesdays, October 7, 14 + 21

Time

7-9pm

Price

$120/for 3 courses

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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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

bergey_rasppi

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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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

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