July 30th GigaPan Training

Register here.

I would like to invite you to a free Hands-on GigaPan Training
on Wednesday July 30th, 2014 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
 
Please RSVP by: July 29th, 2014

We run this class once a month so if you cannot make to this one, please sign up HERE and I will keep you posted when another class is scheduled. 
CREATE Lab also holds on site trainings for a group of educators so if you are interested please contact us: rachel@cmucreatelab.org 

Carnegie Mellon University
Gates Hillman Complex - GHC 8102

Expectations: 
-Share your knowledge with others.
-Create meaningful snapshots. Find out what this means in class!

Class Requirements: 
-Create a free gigapan account: http://gigapan.com/signup
-Watch at least one of the video tutorials: http://create.posthaven.com/gigapan-beta-video-tutorials 

Looking forward to seeing you in class.
Rachel

The Lemonade Project

The Lemonade Project is officially up and running!

The Lemonade Project enlightens and empowers youth through the use of science, art and activism.
Using the CATTfish digital apparatus to measure water quality, 7-10 years olds will test the drinking water. Then they’ll publicize their findings in neighborhood “lemonade stands” to inspire concern about pollution in our water.
 
Therefore, these are no ordinary lemonade stands! These kids have evaluated the water from various socio-economical regions (including their own) and the pricing of the lemonade will be set accordingly. Carafes of lemonade organized by regions (similar to wine), will be on display as a teach tool. 
 
Naïve passerbys who come to support a child’s financial endeavor—will instead receive a lecture on the environmental state of our neighborhoods!
 
We have set up sites in downtown Pittsburgh for the Three Rivers Arts Festival – plus run workshops via The Alloy School in East Liberty and through the Earth Vessel Camp in Friendship.  

Look for us out in the streets, in front of museums and in the city parks!

June 25th GigaPan Training

Register here.

I would like to invite you to a free Hands-on Gigapan Training
on Wednesday June 25th, 2014 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
 
Please RSVP by: June 24th, 2014

We run this class once a month so if you cannot make to this one, please sign up HERE and I will keep you posted when another class is scheduled. 
CREATE Lab also holds on site trainings for a group of educators so if you are interested please contact us: rachel@cmucreatelab.org 

Carnegie Mellon University
Gates Hillman Complex - GHC 8102

Expectations: 
-Share your knowledge with others.
-Create meaningful snapshots. Find out what this means in class!

Class Requirements: 
-Create a free gigapan account: http://gigapan.com/signup
-Watch at least one of the video tutorials: http://create.posthaven.com/gigapan-beta-video-tutorials 

Looking forward to seeing you in class.
Rachel

Lycée Louise Michel & Manchester Craftsmen's Guild: GigaPan Education Partnership

We recently had the pleasure of working to help organize a cultural exchange through GigaPan between Lycée Louise Michel in Grenoble, France and Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Youth & Arts here in Pittsburgh, PA.  

The partnership between these classrooms was born of a shot in the dark, an e-mail sent to Manchester Bidwell Corporation after watching an especially moving TED talk by Bill Strickland. After a discussion between Paolo Nzambi and Dave Deily in Pittsburgh, and Rebecca Clark in Grenoble, we decided a virtual exchange could be set up between two schools across the Atlantic. The project is being led by Rebecca and Justin Mazzei of the Manchester Craftmen's Guild.

Their one aim for this collaboration is for the world to get a little smaller for our students, and for them to understand themselves, their surroundings and empathize with others, their environments, surroundings, and cultures. Their aim is to help teens see that the world is just a village, to be shared by all, so that we can learn to appreciate each other and the wealth of our diversity.

The project began by a first videoconference, which took place on March 27th, 2014. In order to accommodate both groups, they met at 6:00pm for the French students and 12:00 for the Americans!

Says Rebecca, it was really great to be able to talk to students on the other side of the world about school and studies. The French students did a great job speaking English and the Americans had set up a great videoconferencing theater.

Justin Mazzei, teaching artist coordinator from MCG Youth and Arts, proposed using CREATE Lab and their Gigapan project as a way for students to share pictures and talk about their lives. Below are some of their images.


BirdBrain Technologies Launches Hummingbird Duo Kickstarter

Our friends at BirdBrain Technologies have just launched a new KickStarter campaign to support production of the second generation of Hummingbird kits: the Duo! 

Building upon the Parents' Choice Gold Award-winning version one Hummingbird controller that operated as a tethered I/O board, the Hummingbird Duo is essentially two boards in one. It operates as either an original Hummingbird controller or as an Arduino Leonardo with an integrated motor/servo shield and improved connectors. The version one Hummingbird can be thought of as a "pre-Arduino," because using it helps build skills and confidence that make it easier to use Arduino. With the Hummingbird Duo, the Arduino is built right into the controller so that anyone who wants to can immediately take that next step! 

Please check out the KickStarter page for more information, and consider supporting BirdBrain Technologies and Duo if you can.


Hear Me Goes to ALEC to Record Student Interviews

This blog was reposted from The Brashear Kids Association Blog, which can be found here:  http://www.brashearkids.com/2014/05/hear-me-comes-to-alec-to-record-student.html

Hear Me Comes to ALEC to Record Student Interviews

Hear Me, an initiative of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, came to the Allentown Learning and Engagement Center (ALEC) to record our students' thoughts about the Pittsburgh Police.  ALEC is located next door to the Zone 3 Police Station. Interactions with the police are part of our students' daily lives. 




Through this collaborative campaign with Allies for Children, students from all over the city of Pittsburgh had the opportunity to record their responses to such questions as, "What is the job of a police officer?" and "How would you describe your relationship with police officers?"  Once all the responses are recorded and edited, Hear Me will present them to Mayor William Peduto to help inform the selection of the new Chief of Police.  




Students at ALEC listened to their interviews  and then interviewed one another.  They had such a great time sharing their stories with Jess and Ryan of Hear Me, and we can't wait to share the final edit. 



Hear Me is a collaborative network of community organizations, institutions, businesses and foundations working together to provide a better future for our kids. Through this project, our students have had a chance to share their voice with a wider audience and participate in the democratic process.  To learn more, check out their website.

- Renee