26 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Sketching with Arduino

Arduino electronic boards and open source software are designed for use by anyone who has little or no electronic or engineering experience.  They are becoming popular in educational programs and with artists and designers, who would like to make things that can respond to touch, sound, light and/or movement.  The Arduino community is active and vibrant through the Arduino forum and the Arduino Wiki.

So . . . begin sketching with Arduino by checking out this video from Make Magazine.

20 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Brainstorming with the Designers

Last week, we met with the Designers to brainstorm concepts and layouts for the entire space.  Ideas and suggestions from the staff focus groups were shared with the Designers.  It was very exciting to envision the center taking shape and to know that we are one step closer to the opening of the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity!

10 July 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Can a robot teach new skills?

The DLM-TIC will provide an environment that is fun and invigorating.  However, learning and skill development will also play an important role. Constructing robots has contributed to building many of the skills needed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.  Lego has the right idea!  So what other technologies have you explored that can contribute to a stimulating fun learning environment?

26 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Staff got the word out… into the Clouds

During our recent staff focus groups, we challenged staff to share ideas about how we will Collaborate in the Center, how we will share the Vision, what the considerations for Operations should be and who our Potential Users will be. Read their responses in these Word Clouds and if you want to see your words in the cloud, share them here as a comment as we continue to explore new ideas and possibilities.


Collaboration


Vision


Operations


Potential Users

08 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Endless Possibilities: What’s Yours?

As we begin to create the service vision for the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity, we’re focused on possibilities.  An environment in which creativity and learning run head long into each other to create an explosion of excitement just might contain something called a Never-Ending Drawing Machine (NEDM).

According to Fast Company, the NEDM “is basically a collaborative real-time content-sharing and creativity system that lets users create novel digital artworks together.

What’s the coolest new thing you’ve seen lately that you think should be in the Center?