schedule

The schedule is subject to change depending on class skills and experience. Detailed updates will be available via the class website. The first half of the section will be dedicated to exploring techniques of fabrication and the development of meaningful motion and behavior, the second half will focus on the the integration of these gestures into a final project, with the use of microcontrollers for programming and sequencing. Assignment due dates will be posted to the class website.

PLEASE NOTE:  Our last class meets on MONDAY, DECEMBER 15. Please do not make travel arrangements prior to this date. Successful completion of this course requires that you are present and participate in final critiques during the final class period.

WEEK

Date

Topic

Class Schedule

3

9.8

Introductions

– Introduction to the facility and electronics basics

4

9.15

Switches and Load Devices

– Begin Discussion on Electronics; Look at Switches, Load Devices

– Homework: Review Electricity resources

5

9.22

Authorization

– Kinetic Lab authorization– Soldering Demo– Homework: Roy Ascott reading & response– Homework: Motion sketches

6

9.29

Fabrication Techniques

– Workshop: Fabrication Skills– Neon Demo (tentatively scheduled)– Homework: Review fabrication websites– Homework: Locate Materials

7

10.6

Motion / Sensors

– Demo: Simple Machines– Studio: Work on projects, other demos as needed– Homework: Begin Motion/Gesture/Behavior Prototypes

8

10.13

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10.20

Field Trip

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Optional Work Day

– Morning: Artist Presentations ++ Videos

– Afternoon: Field Trip to American Science and Surplus

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– Optional Work Day in the Classroom

9

10.27

Critiques (Midterm)

– In class critiques of prototypes

– Preparation for Field Trip

10

11.2

Balloon Mapping

Field Trip – Calumet River – details TBA

11

11.3

Group Day

– Reflections on field trip– Form groups for final projects-Homework: Write final project proposal posted to the class blog, and prepare 5 minute presentation 

Homework: Upload files from the trip to the class dropbox

12

11.10

Arduino 

– Presentations of final project proposals– Microcontroller workshop- Homework: Gather all materials for final project, begin wiring and construction

13

11.17

Group Day

– Studio: final project production and fabrication

14

11.24

Group Day

– Studio: final project test + debug

15

12.15

Group Day

– Final Presentations and Critique

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