Our programming emphasizes experimentation with emerging technologies, (digital) fabrication and prototyping, creative coding, data science, systems-thinking, the internet of things and smart technologies, creative entrepreneurship, STEAM pedagogy, and privacy and security. We offer workshops, institutes, symposia, and hackathons/challenges directed at a diverse professional community excited to create meaningful connections, impact, and experiences. Our curriculum is interdisciplinary, project-based, and emphasizes collaborative problem-solving in cross-disciplinary teams.

Creative Wireframing (Story Boarding UX)

  • Sun, January 21, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Matt Rhoades
  • CRE 430
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Creative Wireframing (Story Boarding UX)

  • Course: CRE 430
  • Instructor: Matt Rhoades
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  • Sun, January 21, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

How to think of the effect consumers will have on the final product. Simplicity. Amplification. Voice.

User experience is a term that has been used a lot in recent years. This class will focus on the true
meaning- how the product directly effects the user. There is an entire chapter of strategic development
and brand awareness that needs to be written before any coding can be created. This strategy and
brand awareness, alongside usability, are key ingredients to creating a successful product (software or
app).

This class will start with a 100,00 ft perspective of human interaction with the digital world; past and
current. Other activities will include:

Design Thinking: Exercises on post-it notes.
Story Boarding: Quick ideation with a focus on concept direction and goal.
Branding 101: The external influences(ers).
Iconography basics: Conceptuality through quick ideation.
Fit + Flow: How do the actions flow seamlessly together.

Exercises will start at 100,000 ft and slowly burrow down to simple executable ideas and concepts thatreflect today’s unique UX needs.

Materials: All necessary materials will be provided; templates and case studies. Student will just need to bring their creativity and unique experiences.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Disappearing Acts

  • Thurs. Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Ryan Woodring
  • TECH 530
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Disappearing Acts

  • Course: TECH 530
  • Instructor: Ryan Woodring
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  • Thurs. Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Prereq: No previous experience required. General comfort with Apple laptops suggested.

This 4 day (12 hr) workshop will cover different visual effects strategies for removing objects from videos. Through this technical exploration of vfx software Nuke and After Effects you will 2D and 3D camera tracking, matte painting, compositing and rotoscoping. We will discuss both how post production studios and individual artists have used these methods to cover up, delete and appropriate.

Required Materials:  Laptops and installed software provided by Make+Think+Code. Bring 3 button mouse and pad and/or a Wacom tablet and pen if you have.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Building and Demolishing Walls in Blender and Nuke

  • Tues/Thurs, Jan 16,18, 23, 25, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Ryan Woodring
  • TECH 430
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Building and Demolishing Walls in Blender and Nuke

  • Course: TECH 430
  • Instructor: Ryan Woodring
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  • Tues/Thurs, Jan 16,18, 23, 25, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Prereq: None. This is a beginners level 3d modeling workshop. A basic understanding of animation is helpful but not necessary.

Digital destruction continues to be one of the main exports of American cinema. We’ve destroyed our own cities in hundreds of unique ways to tell stories of fear, hubris and hope. In this workshop we’ll mine our explosive past for inspiration and use recent national discussions on wall-building for content. We will build 3D models of walls with the intent of exploring Blender’s built-in physics engine in order to realistically demolish them. We will integrate our 3D renders into Nuke, a film industry staple, in order to create realistic scenes. If you’ve been wondering about the basic principles of vfx, this broad survey will cover topics such as matte painting, camera tracking, and more. We’ll focus both on learning new software and hold group discussions about the implications of building and destroying in real and virtual space.

Required Materials: Nuke (or aftereffects), Blender, Mouse, Mouse Pad, External Hard drive or Cloud

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Introduction to MIDI

  • Wed. February 14, 2018. 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Shawn Trail
  • TECH 390
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Introduction to MIDI

  • Course: TECH 390
  • Instructor: Shawn Trail
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  • Wed. February 14, 2018. 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Shawn Trail

In this 2-hour workshop MIDI is demystified: from basic nomenclature to an intuitive overview of the framework, MIDI will be examined and explained with practical examples of how to use as it applies to visual artists.

Prerequisite: None

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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An In-Depth Introduction to Synthesis

  • Wed. Feb 21& Wed. Feb 28, 2018. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Justin Patrizi
  • TECH 290
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An In-Depth Introduction to Synthesis

  • Course: TECH 290
  • Instructor: Justin Patrizi
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  • Wed. Feb 21& Wed. Feb 28, 2018. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This workshop will explore synthesis as an essential tool for sound design, both in musical elements as well as sound effects and atmospherics. Students will learn the signal flow of synthesizers, from the tone and timbre of oscillators, through filters and other modifiers, as well as the control paths that add dynamics and modulation to the various parameters affecting the sound. VCV Rack, a free virtual modular software package, will be used for these experiments, allowing students to build up their own synth piece by piece, although the theory learned can be applied to other software and hardware alike. The skillset learned here can also easily carry over into affecting other sound sources like guitar or vocals, providing a window into audio and music production as a whole. 

Required Materials: Laptop, headphones, VCV Rack software (free; https://vcvrack.com/)

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Arduino/Microntrollers Fundamentals

  • Sat. Feb 24, 2018. 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Shannon Willis
  • TECH 241
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Arduino/Microntrollers Fundamentals

  • Course: TECH 241
  • Instructor: Shannon Willis
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  • Sat. Feb 24, 2018. 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Shannon Willis

This is an intensive hands-on introduction to the Arduino platform, a popular and inexpensive micro controller that allows you to connect sensors and make something happen. Think of an Arduino as a mini computer you can then embed into your own projects. If you had ever wanted your work to be viewer responsive this is a good way to start. This crash course will get you started providing you with the technical know how to get started. We will also introduce electronics and soldering, allowing you to turn a prototype into a sturdy and robust project.

Prerequisite: Open to all Skill Levels

Required Materials: Arduino kit

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Gearing up for Steampunk

  • Sat. Feb 17, (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) & Sun. Feb 18, (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) 2018.
  • Bennett Battaile
  • FAB 340
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Gearing up for Steampunk

  • Course: FAB 340
  • Instructor: Bennett Battaile
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  • Sat. Feb 17, (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) & Sun. Feb 18, (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) 2018.
  • Prereq: No experience with CAD necessary. Need to have completed the Make+think+code laser cutter training (TECH 170) or work with a partner who has.

This workshop will focus on ways to use gears for a Steampunk context, while nevertheless designing them with CAD and making them with a laser cutter. The two primary projects will be a simple orrery showing phases of the moon and an odometer-style counter.

Required Materials: access to computer with Fusion360 installed 

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Making an Impression: Approaches to Stampmaking

  • Wed. Feb 7, 2018. 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Jesse England
  • FAB 330
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Making an Impression: Approaches to Stampmaking

  • Course: FAB 330
  • Instructor: Jesse England
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  • Wed. Feb 7, 2018. 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Prereq: Must have taken TECH170 at Make+Think+Code

Explore three different approaches to making independent devices for printmaking using the laser cutter as a fabrication tool: Wood based rubbing implement, rubber stamp, and laser-exclusive ink matrix stamp. Historical approaches to these printing methods are described and then explored in practice.

Materials: Preselected, high-contrast imagery for making into stamps. Laptop computer for image editing and preparation. USB drive for transferring imagery to laser PC.

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Introduction to WebGL with THREEjs:

  • Tues/Thurs Apr. 10 & 12, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Zach Marlow-McCarthy
  • CC 361
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Introduction to WebGL with THREEjs:

  • Course: CC 361
  • Instructor: Zach Marlow-McCarthy
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  • Tues/Thurs Apr. 10 & 12, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Prereq: Basic HTML and Javascript knowledge, Prior 3D graphics experience is encouraged. Knowledge of Blender/C4D/Maya is helpful but not required.

Tues/Thurs Apr 10,12, 2018 6:00PM - 9:00PM

An introduction to the world of online 3D graphics.

In this workshop we’ll explore THREEjs as a fantastic cross-platform framework for building rich and interactive 3D experiences for the web and mobile. We’ll look at examples of what the framework can be used to do, discuss some of its limitations, and get started with some hands-on exercises and tutorials. I will provide some possible themes and assets to work with to make your own 3D experience. At the end of the workshop we’ll share what we’ve made, help to overcome technical obstacles, to optimize for mobile performance, and give creative feedback to push it further.

Required Materials: a computer (osx, linux, windows).

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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WebVR/AR III: Mixed Reality Networks

  • Tues. Feb 20, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Stephanie Mendoza
  • CC 360
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WebVR/AR III: Mixed Reality Networks

  • Course: CC 360
  • Instructor: Stephanie Mendoza
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  • Tues. Feb 20, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Prereq: Familiarity with A-Frame, HTML and Javascript.

This class will be teaching networked, multi-user webVR experiences and uploading them to IPFS, the Inter Planetary File System, in order to persist and distribute your social VR worlds. We will be building on the last two workshops, students will build avatars to represent themselves in the digital world and link those worlds together,visualizing ‘crowd’ presence on the web.

Materials: Laptop with web access, mobile phone

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Exploring Avatars with WebAR

  • Tues. Feb 13, 2018. 6:00PM -9:00PM
  • Stephanie Mendoza
  • CC 360
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Exploring Avatars with WebAR

  • Course: CC 360
  • Instructor: Stephanie Mendoza
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  • Tues. Feb 13, 2018. 6:00PM -9:00PM

Portals and Avatars can be manifested in the real world through the power of the open web. In this workshop we will be using WebAR to explore augmented and mixed reality experiences with A-Frame and AR.js.

Materials: Laptop with web access, mobile phone

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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WebVR/AR I: Building an Immersive Web Gallery

  • Tue. Feb 6, 2018. 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Stephanie Mendoza
  • CC 360

Processing Projects: Dances with Robots

  • Sat. March 31, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Zach Marlow-McCarthy
  • CC 301
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Processing Projects: Dances with Robots

  • Course: CC 301
  • Instructor: Zach Marlow-McCarthy
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  • Sat. March 31, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Creating low entry cost, body-driven experiences with the Microsoft Kinect.

In this workshop we’ll explore several different paradigms and softwares for working with 3d tracking cameras to create digital experiences that engage the body as an input. This workshop is software and hardware-agnostic, but I will provide setups with Processing IDE and VVVV as well as Microsoft Kinect V1/2 and projectors. We’ll discuss the limitations of the technology as well as look at some examples of work in this field, and then break down into groups to explore different paradigms for incorporating 3d tracking cameras.

Prerequisite: An interest in performance, code, or both. 

Required Materials: a computer (osx, linux, windows) with processing installed. Bring your own hardware/software of choice, but i will set up a few options in advance.

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Processing for Motion Graphics:

  • Thurs. Feb 8 & 22, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Zach Marlow-McCarthy
  • CC 301
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Processing for Motion Graphics:

  • Course: CC 301
  • Instructor: Zach Marlow-McCarthy
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  • Thurs. Feb 8 & 22, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Learn how creative coding can be used to lighten the workload and to create unique effects and assets for your After Effects animation workflow. We will explore examples of processing used to generate assets, filters, masks for use in professional AE motion graphics. Write your own filters for visual effects and glitches, time dilation techniques, or generate elaborate and evolving masks and transitions using the easy to use Processing framework. Bring your own video clips, or work with examples provided, to develop your own unique experiment and show off to the class for critique and advice on next steps to push it further.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Processing. Knowledge of AfterEffects or your favorite video/animation software is a plus.

Required Materials: a computer (osx, linux, windows) with Processing installed.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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A Systems Thinking Toolkit

  • Sun. Mar 18, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Howard Silverman
  • DSI 411
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A Systems Thinking Toolkit

  • Course: DSI 411
  • Instructor: Howard Silverman
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  • Sun. Mar 18, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Systems thinking is one way of seeing patterns amidst the messiness of life. Patterns give coherence to one’s experience, and a systems toolkit of methods, models, concepts, and metaphors can be used to sense and interpret such patterns. We will use these tools to examine social and environmental opportunities and concerns; and they will inform our conversations as we consider and critique strategies for effective action. Essential to this toolkit is the use of visual imagery such as artworks, diagrams, graphs, maps, and doodles. Visual imagery can support the types of facilitations and conversations through which cognitive work is done. Through such cognitive work, we grapple with current realities, compare analogies and distinctions, and imagine or enact new stories. No explicit familiarity with systems thinking is required; this class will serve as both introduction for newcomers and augmentation for old hands.

Required Materials: Each participant will need a laptop/tablet, with web access

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Data, Decisions and Prediction: A Primer for Social Justice

  • Sat. Apr 14 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM) & Sun. Apr 15 (1:00PM - 5:00 PM), 2018
  • Douglas Hanes
  • DSI 410
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Data, Decisions and Prediction: A Primer for Social Justice

  • Course: DSI 410
  • Instructor: Douglas Hanes
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  • Sat. Apr 14 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM) & Sun. Apr 15 (1:00PM - 5:00 PM), 2018
  • Prereq: Some knowledge of statistics would be helpful but not essential.

This course focusses on applying concepts of data science to tackle social justice problems with quantitative methodology. Traditional data analysis techniques focus on testing whether there is a prespecified relationship between a few variables. Do people driving red cars get into more accidents? Let’s gather some data and find out! But with more ample sources of data, the goal may be targeted at predicting the likelihood that a person will be in a car accident, not just from their car’s color, but likely from many other factors, as well. In fact, why not try to use all of the information at your disposal? These predictive techniques, of machine learning or data mining, can be quite helpful in finding meaningful hidden patterns and correlations which might not be visible. In this workshop we will discuss the different approaches of data analysis and apply them to some social justice data using the statistics package R.

Required Materials: A laptop with R (free, open-source) installed.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Introduction to Leaflet

  • Sun. March 25, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Meenakshi Rao
  • DSI 320
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Introduction to Leaflet

  • Course: DSI 320
  • Instructor: Meenakshi Rao
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  • Sun. March 25, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Prereq: Basic knowledge of HTML

Leaflet (http://leafletjs.com/) is an open source Javascript library specifically designed to support interactive maps in web browsers. In our hands-on leaflet workshop, we will map air quality data for the US, and explore how to choose base maps and customized icons to personalize our maps.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Introduction to R

  • Sun. Feb 25, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Meenakshi Rao
  • DSI 320
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Introduction to R

  • Course: DSI 320
  • Instructor: Meenakshi Rao
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  • Sun. Feb 25, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Prereq: Some knowledge of statistics

R is widely used by scientists and statisticians to explore, analyze, and visualize large datasets. This workshop will give you a hands-on introduction to importing a large dataset, manipulating it, as well as simple techniques to explore and visualize this data.  We will work with Portland air quality data.

Materials: Install R Studio on your laptop 

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Data Science and Society

  • Sun. February 11, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Douglas Hanes
  • DSI 310
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Data Science and Society

  • Course: DSI 310
  • Instructor: Douglas Hanes
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  • Sun. February 11, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

News sites and popular media are replete with reports of health and sociological research results, supported by complex analysis of data. Some of these claims seem insightful, but others appear more dubious; often results even appear to contradict one another. Some mistakes are due to more overt biases; but often misstated results accrue from the fundamental nature of analytical methods. Some misinterpretations accrue when researchers collect a large amount of data on each subject, analyze in several different plausible ways, and present only their "best" results as authoritative. But there are other, more subtle decisions made in any analysis. In this workshop, we will present some of the basic notions of data analysis and discuss how choices about research design, analytical models, cultural assumptions and biases, interpretation of results, and publication can lead the media and readers to overstate the certainty of scientific knowledge.

Required Materials: Each participant will need a laptop/tablet, with web access

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Prediction, Persuasion, and Power

  • Sat. Jan 27 – Sun. Jan 28, 2018. 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
  • Nandini Ranganathan
  • DSI 210
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Prediction, Persuasion, and Power

  • Course: DSI 210
  • Instructor: Nandini Ranganathan
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  • Sat. Jan 27 – Sun. Jan 28, 2018. 10:00 AM -5:00 PM

In order to navigate a complex world saturated with data, we need to be able to critically interpret quantitative claims and assertions. In this course, we study the intersection of aata science, society, and power. We investigate the gathering, interpretation, and analysis of quantitative information in the context of political and civic systems, exploring how data can be used to inform, advocate, and manipulate. We explore current methods and tools that allow us to reveal hidden patterns in data, investigating a myriad of data sets and systems including social media. We inquire into assumptions, cultural context, methodology, and concepts of ambiguity and bias. Through case studies and models, we look at systems of voting, apportionment and decision-making and study methods of representing quantitative information and relationships visually in ways that facilitate a deeper analysis and understanding. Most importantly, we explore the dark side of bad data --- the skillful misuse of numbers and deceptive statistics by power structures to manipulate and mislead.

Required Materials: A laptop with web access.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Realtime Skeleton Animation in Unity

  • Sun, February 25, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Surya Buchwald
  • CTE 461
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Realtime Skeleton Animation in Unity

  • Course: CTE 461
  • Instructor: Surya Buchwald
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  • Sun, February 25, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Prereq: Intro to Unity class at MTC or elsewhere, or watching ‘Using the Unity Interface’ and ‘Essential Unity Concepts’ at https://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials/topics/interface-essentials

Learn the basics of Anima2D in Unity, including importing free and custom sprites, placing and moving bones, generating weights and animating using Inverse Kinematics to create realistic 2D joints. You’ll leave with a character you’ve rigged yourself and few custom animations you designed, and the ability to switch between the animations in realtime.

Materials: Laptop with web access

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The Walls Have Eyes: Live Video as a Control Signal

  • Sun. February 11, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Ben Purdy
  • CTE 440
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The Walls Have Eyes: Live Video as a Control Signal

  • Course: CTE 440
  • Instructor: Ben Purdy
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  • Sun. February 11, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Prereq: Familiarity with Processing is strongly encouraged but this workshop could be beneficial to anyone interested in learning about the capabilities of video as a general purpose control mechanism.

Often overlooked as an input mechanism, live video is a versatile tool for interactive media. While video can be useful as a source of visual content, capturing the motion of people or objects moving through space can also create an extremely expressive and dynamic control signals for use in many different interactive contexts.

This workshop will introduce participants to several common techniques and tools that harness live video, using visible light, infrared, and 3D sensors to capture movement in space. Software tools such as OpenCV, OpenTSPS, and Processing will be used to extract motion, shape, and color information from live video sources.

Required Materials: None

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Interaction in a Spatial Context I: Fundamentals

  • Sat. Mar 3 - Sun. Mar 4, 2018. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Daniel Meyers
  • CTE 430
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Interaction in a Spatial Context I: Fundamentals

  • Course: CTE 430
  • Instructor: Daniel Meyers
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  • Sat. Mar 3 - Sun. Mar 4, 2018. 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Since humans began recording images on cave walls by torchlight, viewers have attempted to construct meaningful relationships between media and the spaces they occupy. Cave paintings tell a story about the ancient world in which the narrative is animated by its spatial context.

Digital media couples narrative with user interaction to create immersive experiences that can be leveraged in space in new ways. Interaction in a Spatial Context is a workshop to explore new interaction design paradigms that emerge from situating digital media in space. Over the course of one weekend, basic and foundational space-media typologies will be examined, and an introductory design exercise will be conducted.

Required Materials: Modelling materials (card stock and ⅛” dowell for model 1).

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Interactive and Immersive Installation

  • Thurs Jan 11 - Fri Jan 12, 2018. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Shannon Willis
  • CTE 400
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Interactive and Immersive Installation

  • Course: CTE 400
  • Instructor: Shannon Willis
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  • Thurs Jan 11 - Fri Jan 12, 2018. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

In this week long intensive you will get a taste of the complex and exciting world of creating interactive video installations and immersive physical environments. This course breaks down and introduces some of the technologies and equipment that can turn ideas into a physical reality. Learning technology is only part of the journey, as significant time will be devoted to learning about the aesthetics of interaction. What does it mean to make an interactive work of art? As the process continues we will engage in group in-process critiques that will help define the scope and direction of our works. We can begin to shift our thinking as makers of objects of art that lies outside of the viewer, to creators of an experience where the viewer is invited to step within and become a part of. Participants may work alone or in teams to create interactive installations.

Required Materials: Isadora, Arduino

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  • Thurs. Mar 6, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM.
  • Megan McKissack
  • CTE 393
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  • Course: CTE 393
  • Instructor: Megan McKissack
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  • Thurs. Mar 6, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM.

This workshop will introduce live video performance and techniques using VDMX.  This modular system allows for customization and integration of various external tools.  We’ll explore some of the available tools and build a two channel video mixer to start experimenting with performance while developing understanding of possibilities and aesthetics of improvisation with video.

Equipment: laptop (the software is only available for Mac at this time).

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Building Digital Instruments I: Introduction to Sound Control

  • Tues. Jan 9 & Wed. Jan 10, 2018. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Shawn Trail
  • CTE 390
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Building Digital Instruments I: Introduction to Sound Control

  • Course: CTE 390
  • Instructor: Shawn Trail
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  • Tues. Jan 9 & Wed. Jan 10, 2018. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

In this two-day workshop participants will learn to design and build custom sound and light controllers using open-source and low-cost materials. These skills will serve a wide variety of applications from being compatible with commercial sound software via MIDI, to more advanced multi-media networking protocols such as Open Sound Control (OSC) and sophisticated visual processing and projection mapping software such as VDMX and more.

Students learn to code basic synthesizers in Pd and build control mapping paradigms to route to visual processing software for live performance/interaction. Participants will learn the basics of building a simple circuit for sensors and micro-controllers and design hardware housing for them to be 3D printed.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

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Projection Hack: Immersive Collaborative Light Collage

  • Wed. Jan 24, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Craig Winslow
  • CTE 392
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Projection Hack: Immersive Collaborative Light Collage

  • Course: CTE 392
  • Instructor: Craig Winslow
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  • Wed. Jan 24, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Prereq: CTE 300 or equivalent (Basic knowledge of projection mapping).

Now that we have the basics of projection mapping, let’s augment the space with light! After a quick 15 min refresher/overview on projection mapping, this will be a hands-on session as we projection map video, animations, code, live video, data and more ... to walls, pipes, ceiling vents, windows, pillars — if you can see it, you can map it!

Come prepared with pre-made content if you have a specific idea, or show up and make something on the fly. Still don’t feel comfortable with mapping? The best way to learn is by doing!

By the end of the session, we’ll have a finished collaborative project: an immersive light collage!

Required Materials: Computer, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects), MadMapper.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

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Augmenting the World with Light: Projection Mapping

  • Wed. Jan 17, 2018. 6:00PM -9:00PM
  • Craig Winslow
  • CTE 300
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Augmenting the World with Light: Projection Mapping

  • Course: CTE 300
  • Instructor: Craig Winslow
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  • Wed. Jan 17, 2018. 6:00PM -9:00PM

Learn how to take control of light in a whole new way, and augment the world around you with animations, color, simulated lighting, and more. We’ll start with a quick conceptual overview, analyze various opportunities/limitations of the medium, then dive into a few live demos of what’s possible with projection mapping, using MadMapper.

Once you know the basics of mapping, it’s all about content! This workshop will be content-driven, sharing how to optimize your workflow by organizing a video template, tips I’ve learned to map rapidly during different "projection-a-day" road trips, live-video mixing, and using MIDI to make that job a lot smoother.

We’ll also touch on the fun logistics behind organizing a mapping installation, deciding what projectors you’ll need, how to mount them in difficult spots, and how to put together a mobile mapping setup.

Required Materials: Computer, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects), MadMapper

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.edu with your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

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Laser Cutter Fundamentals and Training

  • Multi-Sessions
  • Jesse England, Darrell Rossman
  • TECH170
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Laser Cutter Fundamentals and Training

  • Course: TECH170
  • Instructor: Jesse England, Darrell Rossman
  • Multi-Sessions

In this workshop, you will learn how to use the Trotec 300 laser cutter at Make+Think+Code. This machine can etch and engrave a variety of materials, including most types of paper, cardboard, fabric, and acrylic. In addition, most materials up to 3/8" thick can be cut. This machine uses Adobe Illustrator, but vector and bitmap designs can originate from other programs as well. You will also learn about the safety features of the machine and how to cut and engrave different materials safely, and how to clean/prepare the machine for use. 

Prerequisite: Some experience with graphical editing programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, CorelDraw, and others is a recommended prerequisite but is not required.

Required Materials: None

PNCA students can register for these events through Self-Service. Faculty, staff, and community members should contact mtc@pnca.edu to sign up for a session.

Upcoming Sessions: 

Wed. Jan 10, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Wed. Jan 17, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sun. Jan 14, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

3D Printing: Fundamentals

  • Multi-Sessions
  • Giuliano Bruno
  • TECH71
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3D Printing: Fundamentals

  • Course: TECH71
  • Instructor: Giuliano Bruno
  • Multi-Sessions

Learn how to use some of the 3D printers at PNCA. The workshop will cover file preparation, different materials that can be used, and some basic troubleshooting.

PNCA students can register for these events through Self-Service. Faculty, staff, and community members should contact mtc@pnca.edu to sign up for a session.
Prerequisite: None, Required Materials: None

Upcoming sessions:

Th. Sep 7, 2017. 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Th. Sep 14, 2017. 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Th. Sep 21, 2017. 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Th. Sep 28, 2017. 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Electronic Installations

  • Sat. Dec 9, 2017. 10:00AM – 1:00PM
  • TBA
  • PDE501
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Electronic Installations

  • Course: PDE501
  • Instructor: TBA
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  • Sat. Dec 9, 2017. 10:00AM – 1:00PM

New media demands all new methods for presentation and installation particularly in fine art contexts. Mounting a flat panel on the wall and running a video loop is not enough; the entire installed object and context must be considered. In this workshop we will explore the full spectrum of ways that new media and electronic artwork can be installed in formal contexts such as galleries and arts institutions. We will discuss the nature of electronic art objects and how to approach materializing work into objects. Explore common technologies used in electronic installations such as media players, display drivers, programmable lighting, and power control; explore primary and alternate exhibition opportunities such as vacant spaces and pop-up installations.

In the second session, participants will create an original concept for an electronic art object in small groups or individually. Concepts can be adaptations of existing work. Finally we will conclude with basic guidance for how to begin pursuing opportunities to install your work in these contexts including a discussion of common expectations and requirements of institutions for installations including longevity, insurance, and costs as well as maintenance and practical considerations for managing installations over longer periods.

Prerequisite: None

Required Materials: A laptop.

Sat. Dec 9, 2017. 10:00AM – 1:00PM

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Interactive and Immersive Installations

  • Mon – Fri. Jan 8 –12, 2018. 10:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Shannon Willis
  • CTE400
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Interactive and Immersive Installations

  • Course: CTE400
  • Instructor: Shannon Willis
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  • Mon – Fri. Jan 8 –12, 2018. 10:00AM – 5:00PM

In this week-long intensive you will get a taste of the complex and exciting world of creating interactive video installations and immersive physical environments. This course breaks down and introduces some of the
technologies and equipment that can turn ideas into a physical reality. Learning technology is only part of the journey, as significant time will be devoted to learning about the aesthetics of interaction. What does it mean to make an interactive work of art? As the process continues we will engage in group in-process critiques that will help define the scope and direction of our works. We can begin to shift our thinking as makers of objects of art that lies outside of the viewer, to creators of an experience where the viewer is invited to step within and become a part of. Participants may work alone or in teams to create interactive installations.
Prerequisite: None.
Required Materials: Arduino and Isadora

Mon – Fri. Jan 8 –12, 2018. 10:00AM – 5:00PM

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Introduction to Electronic Deconstruction

  • Sat. Dec 9, 2017. 2:00PM –5:00PM
  • Darrell Rossman
  • TECH240
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Introduction to Electronic Deconstruction

  • Course: TECH240
  • Instructor: Darrell Rossman
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  • Sat. Dec 9, 2017. 2:00PM –5:00PM

One of the best ways to learn about electronics is to take apart everyday electronic equipment and attempt to understand it and reconstruct it. In this workshop students will take apart and reconstruct random electronic equipment in the spirit of the book "The Way Things Work" by David Macaulay. The equipment can be reconstructed in its original form or reformed into an artwork. Equipment may include computers, stereo equipment, telephones, or anything else electronic. Through this we will learn about the internals of electronic
equipment and artistic applications of electronic components.

Prerequisite: No electronics experience required. We highly recommend that participants bring a piece of electronic equipment that they want to take apart. Many pieces of equipment will be available however the experience is best if you bring your own. It should be something that you don't mind breaking.
Required Materials: Phillips head and Flathead screw driver, a TORX screw driver set.

Sat. Dec 9, 2017. 2:00PM –5:00PM

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Performing Live Graphics with Unity and MIDI

  • Surya Buchwald
  • CTE490
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Performing Live Graphics with Unity and MIDI

  • Course: CTE490
  • Instructor: Surya Buchwald

Unity is a powerful and free platform for building games and applications. In this two-part workshop, we will build visual instruments made for live graphics performance. On day one, we’ll explore basic interactivity, tweening, velocity sensitivity, generative art and object pooling. A week-long break gives time to work on your scenes, because day two kicks off with a show and tell of what you’ve made! We’ll then explore shaders, MIDI interpretation techniques and more.
Prerequisite: Amateur knowledge of Unity and some programming basics
Required Materials: Laptop with Unity Installed, MIDI controller
Date: TBA

Creative Coding: Fundamentals of Programming

  • Reid Blomquist
  • CC80
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Creative Coding: Fundamentals of Programming

  • Course: CC80
  • Instructor: Reid Blomquist

Get a grasp on basics with this Intro to Programming course. We'll cover a brief history of programming and computational science; and an overview of what the programming landscape looks like today. From there we'll explore some basic concepts which participants will explore using JavaScript. This course aims to provide you with a grasp on core concepts - and provide guidance as to how to expand on that knowledge outside of the brief intro provided.
Prerequisite: No previous experience necessary.
Required Materials: A laptop

Date: TBA

An Introduction to Unity 3D

  • Reid Blomquist
  • CC260
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An Introduction to Unity 3D

Get a jump start on Unity3d development with this Intro to Unity3d course. Course content is not focused on game development - but instead crafting experiences. You'll learn how to use Unity3d basics - like colliders and basic physics - and even spend time exploring generative art possibilities Unity3d offers.
Prerequisite: No previous experience necessary.
Required Materials: A laptop with Unity installed

Date TBA

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Unity: Fundamentals

  • Multiple Dates
  • Benji Sayed
  • CC160
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Unity: Fundamentals

  • Course: CC160
  • Instructor: Benji Sayed
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  • Multiple Dates

Workshop Times:

Thurs. Jan 11, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Tues. Apr. 3, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM

This workshop introduces the interface and workflow of the Unity Game Engine through the creation of a simple interactive scene. We will cover importing and arranging 3D objects to build a scene, adding pre-built scripts to create interactivity, and using plugins to allow added functionality — like bringing a Unity scene into virtual reality!

Prerequisite: No previous experience necessary.

Required Materials: A laptop with Unity installed

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