GigaPan Time Machine at MozFest 2013

The CREATE Lab will be heading to London on October 25-27 to take part in MozFest 2013. Every year Mozilla brings together webmakers, educators and innovators from around the world who all share the aim to make the web more open and encourage people to become webmakers, not just consumers. CREATE will be showcasing Time Machine and will be focusing on the interactive Google Earth Engine Landsat Timelapse. We'll explore through space and time our changing planet and create and share tours about the last 29 years.

We the Geeks

Arts & Bots was recently highlighted in a White House "We the Geeks" Google+ Hangout on robots. Matthew Mason, the director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, showed off the King Tut bot and explained how robots can be used in an educational setting.

Skip to 6:00 to see the bot in action.

More about this Hangout can be found here.

Gigapan with Eyes as Big as Plates

This is the headquarters of Eyes as Big as Plates on a two month artist residency in New York's Redhook. A collaboration between the Norwegian photographer Karoline Hjorth and Finnish artist Riitta Ikonen, Eyes as Big as Plates photography series explores older people's nature relationship.

The residency was hosted by the Recess Session and located in the stunning Pioneer Works building in Brooklyn. This plastic hut was set up as a temporary measure to try to keep a small part of the studio warm in the winter. A precious Gigapan was also trusted in our care for documenting the process of photographing charismatic New Yorkers in the pockets of wilderness. 
(I had a hard time sitting still for too long, hence the red patches all over the image…)

Here is life outside the 'Hot Hut' and the actual studio space:
Gigapan was quite a crowd puller whenever it was in action. 
Here we are at Forest Park in Queens, capturing Bob amongst the pine forest. 
Eyes as  Big as Plates# Bob © Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth

Many Thanks Gigapan! 
More information on Eyes as Big as Plates: 

Electric Garage Open House June 4th 6pm-8pm

Next Tuesday, June 4 we will be hosting a group of students and adults from the Minddrive project in Kansas City who will be visiting CMU as part of their second cross-country drive with an electric vehicle. We thought this would be a great opportunity to invite people from the CMU community and the public at large to meet with the Minddrive group, see their EV--electrified 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia--as well as other EVs from the area, and talk to like-minded folks.

What: Informal open house
Where: The Electric Garage, 4621 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (parking available at the garage)
When: Tuesday, June 4, 6-8PM

We particularly encourage EV owners to bring and brag about their EVs.

Hope to see you there!

More about Minddrive:

A Picture of Earth through Time

On May 9, 2013, a collaboration between Google, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and TIME, releases what is possibly the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public. More than a quarter-century of satellite images of Earth, combined with Google Earth Engine technology, yields for the first time an interactive time-lapse experience of the global changes of the planet we all inhabit, contributing to a global environmental understanding.

Find full article here:

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GigaPan Workshop at Assemble - May 6

Dear Clara and Dror:

Thank you so much for the GigaPan workshop. I was impressed by the straightforwardness of both the hardware and software & can't wait to try it with some of my various point-and-shoot cameras.

I really appreciated that you had an educator there -- Michelle King -- and workshop participants from various disciplinary backgrounds, to share possibilities for image-making and community engagement.

Kudos for sharing a terrific resource!

Hyla Willis, artist
Associate Professor of Media Arts
Robert Morris University

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See For Yourself - Event Schedule

5/6 Monday            Hands-on GigaPan Training: ages 8+ Registration Required 

5/8 Wednesday      Robots! Learning Party 


5/13 Monday           Circuits and Robots Workshop: Children’s Innovation Project ages 3-7  |  Arts & Bots ages 7+ 

5/21 Tuesday           Community GigaPan Projects: presentation by Pitt student-teachers

5/22 Wednesday     Kids+Creativity at 2020: Lunch and Learn with Illah Nourbakhsh. SOLD OUT

5/28 Tuesday           Hear Me 101 Student Film Screening 

CREATE Lab at AIU's Center of Creativity

CREATE Lab projects were featured at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Center for Creativity for the grand opening of its transformED digital playground for educators on Wednesday. GigaPan and Arts & Bots were demonstrated to local educators by students. More about the event can be read at the Trib's website.

Mt. Lebanon School District fifth-graders Meghan Maselko and Maddie Ganoe demonstrate digital storytelling with Puppet Pals 2 app for an iPad to Carnegie Mellon director of outreach CREATE lab Dror Yaron during the transformED grand opening at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit headquarters in Homestead.