We’re hosting public “Maker Camp” sessions on Mondays and Thursdays this summer featuring innovative technology and art projects for beginner and advanced students. Maker Camp presents a related Google Hangout at 1pm with inspirational makers and inventers from around the world sharing a STEAM / DIY project. Ithaca Generator is offering an opportunity to do the day’s project together at the Makerspace :)To register for any of these programs, just click on the specific events that interest you. Got questions? Send a message to edu at ithacagenerator dot org.
Learn how you can use 3-D photos or a laser scanner system to scan any object (in this case, your head!) and print it out on one of Ithaca Generator’s 3-D printers! This plastic portraiture is an evolving art form, we have had some excellent results and some rather bloby ones. We will discuss the pros and cons of various methods. Donate your head to science, let’s see what we can do!
July 15 4pm to 6pm
E-textiles are the wave of the future! Use electroluminescent (EL) wire to transform an ordinary hoodie into an unusual fashion statement, straight out of TRON! Look mysterious with an ethereal glow :) You can also sew and attatch the El-wire to a different clothing item or accessory of your choice if you prefer. BYOC – Bring Your Own Clothes When you register make a note of your ELwire color choice of green, orange, purple, red, sky blue, or white. First two people to register get to claim the free kits!
Thursday July 18th 4-6pm
Lemon juice has been used as invisible ink for centuries. Messages written in lemon juice are invisible to the naked eye. However, when heated or brushed with a mix of iodine and water, they become quite visible. We will make it possible to print any text or image in invisible ink by hacking an inkjet cartridge, and replacing the yellow ink with a special crystallized lemon juice solution. Bring files to print out on the secret ink copier at Ithaca Generator or bring your own cartridge to be modified! http://makezine.com/projects/invisible-ink-printer/
July 22 2-3pm
The big video game companies create best-selling titles every year, but for the rest of us, bringing our own unique game ideas from wishful thinking into reality is notoriously difficult. Creating even the simplest functionality can take tens of thousands of lines of code. Luckily, the MIT Media Lab has created free software, Scratch (scratch.mit.edu), that lets kids create their own games or interactive stories using an easy drag-and-drop interface and some elementary programming! Download, install, and launch Scratch, and soon you’ll be creating games and animations!
July 25th 4-6pm
This Learn to Solder Badge Kit has been used to teach thousands of people of all ages how to solder at Maker Faires across the country. It’s a simple, fun way to learn how to solder or teach others to solder. Once complete, you’ll have a great blinky robot that you can proudly wear and when people ask where you got it, you get to reply “I made it!” This well-thought-out pin even has the directions written right on the back for easy reference. This is the best kit to learn to solder with. Just ask anyone who’s been to a Maker Faire!
July 26th 4pm -6pm
Lumi is a design team pioneering the Inkodye printing process, a revolutionary photographic print process for textiles and natural materials. Create or find any image that you wish to use, print it on a transparency, roll the light-sensitive ink onto the shirt, lay the transparency over top, and expose it to sunlight for half an hour — that’s it! The image develops in the sunlight, and will be permanently printed on your shirt. It’s a very cool process. Thanks to Make magazine for donating the ink, the program is free but please register to reserve a space. Bring your own 100% cotton t-shirt and a digital image file that you wish to print.
July 29th noon – 3pm
Pixilation, Full Body Stop Motion Animation – Advanced Maker Camp project
Pixilation is a stop-motion animation technique especially used for animating “live” actors. You have probably seen this technique used in music videos and films — where real people appear like stop action figures: moving without walking, having items in their world appear, disappear and change in unusual or expressive ways. We will learn all about the technique and either do a short group project or get you started on your first Pixilation Animation independent project. Here’s an example! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOQJEcHDKGc
August 1st 3pm – 5pm
How do you make a banana into a piano key? We’ll use a MaKey MaKey to complete a circuit by touching bananas! Connect yourself to ground, and a banana to key on the MaKey MaKey circuit board. Next we’ll set up Scratch (MIT’s free programming environment) to play a sound when you touch each banana, and voila, we have a banana piano! Let’s see what other musical instruments we can dream up…. can you make a drum kit out of cheese? How about a squishy sound effects machine made out of a few marshmallows!
Monday August 5th 2-3pm
Build your own elemental slide guitar, the Diddly Bow! This handmade instrument has its origins in early African-American blues music, based on instruments from Africa often played by children. Diddly bows can be made very simply with a wooden board with a single wire string stretched between two screws, played by plucking while varying the pitch with a metal or glass slide held in the other hand. A glass bottle is used as the bridge, which helps magnify the sound. The deep twangy sound is full of soul, and it’s great for beginners.
August 8 4-5pm
Chladni Plates – Advanced Maker Camp project
Early acoustics researchers Robert Hooke and Ernst Chladni (CLOD-knee) found that fine powders sprinkled on a vibrating plate would settle in patterns that showed how the plate was vibrating. They got their glass and metal plates vibrating for their experiments by running a violin bow across the edges. In our updated version, we’ll generate the vibrations using a voice coil driver, which is basically a speaker without the cone. We will use a broken speaker, bits of wire, and tape to prepare a coneless voice coil driver, then use it to generate standing waves on a sheet of metal, making sound visible. Magic!
Monday August 5th