Although we are currently wrapping up the semester, I’d like to get you input on what to do for a workshop series when the spring semester starts. Below is a poll for possible workshops. All of these would be at the introductory level. They would be 60 to 90 minutes in length. Where possible you would leave with a finished product in hand. Please check all of the workshops that you would take. Don’t just check everything, which is of no help, but check just the ones that you would make the time to attend. This will help me prioritize what to offer. The workshops will start the first week of the Spring semester at a time, date, and place to be announced.
Stetson has organized successful exhibits at all three of the Orlando MakerFaires. Here is another opportunity to be the cool kids.
On April 18, 2015 Gulf Coast MakerCon will be held at the Florida Fairgrounds (East of Tampa). Although the MakerCon is an hour further away than the Orlando event, it comes at a much better time of year, when you all should have some great projects to showcase. In fact it’s a week after Stetson Showcase so you can double down on anything you prepare for that.
They plan to host “80-100 makers, with expanded outdoor exhibits, a large scale *fighting robots *competition, a *ComicCon*, a *Young Makers Corner* and a *Steampunk Ball* after party for makers and guests.” Apparently they are fond of asterisks as well.
If you would like to be part of a Stetson booth at this event, let me know at email@example.com. Don’t worry about transportation or fees, just start thinking about what you might share with Gulf Coast makers.
SEG (Stetson Entrepreneurial Group) is holding a competition to allow your ideas and solutions to be heard. All you need is a 90 second video and an idea. Submit your idea by November 5th! There is a Social and For-Profit category. You may enter as many videos as you would like however you may only represent one from each category if chosen to go to First Pitch Live which takes place November 11th. Here you will pitch in front of real entrepreneurs and receive feedback.
All you have to do is:
Like the Stetson Entrepreneurial Group Facebook Page and Join your category to enter! Submit as many ideas as you would like but if you make it to the live competition you can only qualify for one in each category, You may have one partner.
Stetson was well represented at the 3rd year of the Orlando Makerfaire at the Orlando Science Center by a booth organized through Innovation House.
Our team of students, staff, and faculty for this year consisted of: Christian Micklisch, Dan Nunez, Vanna Blasczak, Nathan Hilliard, Katie Porterfield, Dun Burrhus, Dan Lane, Harry Price, Michael Branton, and Bill Ball.
It’s never too early to start working on projects to bring next year!
Next Tuesday’s Stetson Showcase provides an opportunity to announce the winners of the first round of the Innovation House prize and hold a brief party for ourselves. So I am inviting all members, their guests, and anyone else who can find the place to come by at 4 pm on Tuesday, April 15.
We will announce and recognize the winners of the prize.
We will have treats. Please participate in the following poll to select the menu:
I’m not trying to bias the results but if we pick the first menu, there may be dry ice to play with after the frozen food’s gone.
Lastly, we will have a new toy to play, with namely this one:
So if you ever wanted to create 3D models freehand, or just stick stuff together with melted plastic, this is your chance.
Vote in the poll and try to let me know if you are coming (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I know how much stuff to bring.
“That was some of the coolest dubstep innovations that we’ve seen on tour. Seriously.”
— Lindsay Craig, SparkFun Electronics
We had a great day with the Sparkfun National Tour workshop. It started with TV coverage, music, and cheer leading, which we are pretending was for us. Then a full day workshop with the Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit led by Linz, Angela, and Will. A small gallery of pictures follow.
The Inventor’s kits are available for use anytime in Innovation House. Arrangements will be made to have a few available for check out at the Library.
Sparkfun travels with presence
This much school spirit is unusual for a maker geek event
Ryan and Katie educate the media
Linz explains how their open source board is like that other open source board
It must have been a fascinating point
Gotta start with blinky lights
Getting going with the kits
Can you make bread with it?
Be sure to use all the jumper wires, which one is ground again?
Yesterday one of the Orlando TV stations did their morning broadcast from Stetson. They did short segment on Innovation House. Well, sort of, since they misidentified it as the “Invention Club”, managed to misspell the word “college”, and misidentified one of our visiting instructors from Sparkfun as a Stetson student. They also skipped the PDLork demo from Digital Arts entirely. I knew we would be in trouble when the reported asked for a current invention and didn’t know what a fitness tracker was. At any rate, the clip is here:
The Stetson ACM chapter is hosting the following workshop on the evening of October 21st. Not only will it give you the chance to learn how to use the basic tools in Innovation House, it will certify you on safety so that you will be able to use them whenever you like.
Innovation House organized the Stetson booth at Orlando Maker Faire 2013. Here is a gallery of pictures from the event. Once the faire got going, the Stetson booth was slammed with visitors until the doors closed. In addition to Innovation House members Ryan Howard, Michael Branton, and myself, Stetson was represented by Don Burrhus, Alicia Schultheis, Mandy Camp, Anja Erwin, Jack Fields, Karen Cole, and Grady Ballenger. The enigmatic Chris Gillespie failed to show, although he/she may have been in the stormtrooper uniform.