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ArtDuino Maker Camp is Coming!

ArtDuino Maker Camp is Coming!

August 4 – 8 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Shelburne Farms Coach Barn

From the creators of the Champlain Mini Maker Faire and Cognizant, Making the Future comes the
ArtDuino Maker Camp!

Day campers ages 10-18 will avail themselves the art of making by exploring: electronic wearables, Arduino micro controllers, robotics, 3D printing, wireless controls and musical instrument making alongside dance, theatrics, and story hacking. Activities culminate at week’s end in a community performance and show and tell.  Pre and post camp daycare is available on site.
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A Week of Exploring

  • With more than 7 maker instructors (coming from across the USA), teacher apprentices, parent chaperones, and guest speakers, campers will experience a week of exploring new technologies, creation, and innovation that will spark their imaginations and a quest for learning, doing, and creating. On Monday, the group will gather to vote on a theme for the week. Theme choices include Story Hack, Movement, and more. Below is a sample schedule for the week (subject to change):
    • 9:30-10:30 Story Hack or Movement
    • 10:30-11:30 E-wearables, JunkMan, or Costume Hack
    • 11:30-12:00 Art, Movement, or Costume Hack
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 Robots, JunkMan, Art, or Costume Hack
    • 2:00-3:30 Junkman Music, Movement, Set Design, or Costume Hack


Donald KnaackDonald Knaack (aka The Junkman™) is a classically trained percussionist and composer who has used recycled materials as his instruments of music since long before the eco-green movement was cool. He’s the Daddy of Eco-Beat!! He calls it Junk Music™ and it all began with his mentor and collaborator, John Cage encouraged the further development of his attraction to the sounds of found objects. He’s performed at Lincoln Center, The Van’s Warped Tour (with Eminem, Black Eyed Peas and Blink 182), The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and more. He is currently developing and producing a children’s television show about music and the environment called Junk Music with The Junkman, and has a new, one man musical/visual/theatrical extravaganza entitled BEAT IT! with The Junkman.
Nate HerzogNate Herzog is the creator of StoryHack Media, whose mission is to reimagine storytelling using technology. SHM threw its first competition last October called StoryHackVT, a 24 hour, hackathon-styled cross media event involving 15 teams of 55 participants from Vermont, New York, and beyond. More information can be found at Outside of StoryHack, Nate is a writer, storyteller, and technology consultant. He lives with his wife and family in Burlington.
Joe ChaseJoe Chase has been teaching physics and robotics for over 20 years. He is dedicated to making science and technology accessible to learners of all ages. He has received the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award and has twice received the Vermont Outstanding Teacher Award.
Beverly BallBeverly Ball is an enthusiastic teacher of art, welding, e-textiles, sewing, paper engineering, and mischief at Denver Academy and beyond. Kids love her. Parents can’t figure her out.
Lydia LittwinLydia Y. Littwin has the great fortune to spend her days teaching and making art with children and adults at the Davis Studio in the South End of Burlington. An undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Art Education fuel her belief that art-making is a useful and necessary tool for self-expression and exploration at any age. As a life-long New England resident, her own work is greatly inspired by the colors that come with the physical, emotional and environmental changes of each season. Lydia works namely with oil paint, but is also prone to creating with gouache, linoleum prints, pencil, and pastel.
Heather MorrisHeather Morris is a mover and shaker in the world of Celtic dance, and is constantly finding innovative ways to expand and enhance traditional art forms. In addition to being a certified instructor of Scottish Highland and Irish dance, Heather is certified in Les Mills International BodyPump and BodyFlow, and has more than 15 years experience running summer camps.
Angela SheehanAngela Sheehan is currently an Education Outreach Coordinator for SparkFun Electronics where she specializes in e-textile and craft technology projects and workshops. With a background in fine art, costuming, and animation she began working within the realm of wearable computing projects during her studies at Bennington College, producing a series of costumes augmented with electronics in collaboration with Rebecca Grabman (’08). In 2009 she launched a blog Soft Circuit Saturdays to host her continuing explorations in e-textiles and the maker movement and taught workshops throughout New England before relocating to Boulder Colorado to join the SparkFun team in 2013.

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From Spacesuits to High Fashion: A hands-on introduction to e-textiles

E-Textiles Workshop

For 21+

Elegant and sophisticated wearable technology from cutting edge fashion designers Pankaj and Nidhi. Their glowing geometric dress from the SS12 show at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. More on their website pankajnidhi com.

Join Vermont Makers for the Art Under the Influence Series with the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA)

Thursday February 13, 2014
Drink, St. Paul Street, Burlington
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Use this coupon code for a $10 discount: SEABAbtv

What are e-textiles?

The emerging field of e-textiles is exciting, fun, beautiful and overflowing with opportunities for innovation. E-textiles are articles of clothing, home furnishings and architecture that include embedded computational and electronic elements. Other examples are military uniforms, sportswear and portable medical devices. *

While this may be the first you’ve heard of e-textiles, the field is growing – the wearable electronics business is expected to grow from a 14 billion dollar industry in 2014 to 70 billion in 2024. **

Familiar and unfamiliar: An X-ray of the suit that Alan B. Shepard wore on the Moon during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. New York Times

What to expect at this workshop

Join us on February 13 to sew and design your own e-textile project. Be the first person on your block to sew a circuit! You may use the materials we provide or bring your own material or clothing.

This workshop will get you started on your project and show some of the exciting e-textile projects under development at the MIT Media Lab. We’ll also share resources with you to support your interest in e-textiles beyond this workshop.

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 More Information

Stainless Steel Conductive thread by Adafruit Industries. You can also find this thread at SparkFun Electronics
Stainless steel conductive thread by Adafruit Industries. You can also find conductive thread at SparkFun Electronics

Learn more about e-textiles

Learn more about the series

Art Under the Influence is a production of the South End Arts & Business Association. Sponsored by Switchback Brewing Company and hosted by Drink! 

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* Beuchley, Leah and Peppler, Kylie, eds.,Textile Messages: Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education, (Peter Lang), 2013.

**Harrop ,Peter and Das, Raghu and Chansin, Guillaume. E-textiles, wearable electronics, medical diagnostics, smart glasses, smart wristbands and more, IDTechEx .


New (and Not So New): Techniques and Technologies for Flexible, Printable, even Paintable Circuits

Please join us for the first Vermont Makers Meetup of 2013! We are excited to have three local presenters who are passionate about flexible, printable and paintable circuits. For a preview of this meetup see this recent interview with Molly Smith of WCAX.

New (and Not So New):

Techniques and Technologies for Flexible, Printable, even Paintable Circuits
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time: 7pm. This is a 1.5 – 2 hour event
Suggested donation at door: $5 – $15
Miller Center, Champlain College
175 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, VT

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Michael Metz will share his 35+ years experience working in the world of printable electronics. Topics covered will include: the history of printable electronics, materials used, printing techniques, current  applications, revolutionary new technologies and emerging applications.

Chris Thompson will show his recent experiments in producing do-it-yourself printed circuit boards. He will demonstrate his technique using desktop illustration software and a CNC vinyl cutter to produce these flexible, adhesive PC boards from copper foil.

Ken Howell will show some of the ways artists and designers are using conductive materials to build working circuits on flexible substrates. We’ll look at what’s available and try out some materials to build a simple circuit or two at the meetup.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you to Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media Program for hosting this event.

E-origami Workshop Recap and Teaching Materials

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an E-Origami workshop with SparkFun’s Jeff Branson! Thank you Jeff and SparkFun! We explored a whole new set of tools for both learning and teaching concepts in electronics. In the coming months we hope workshop participants will find opportunities to further explore and share this unique practice that combines the ancient art of origami with emerging technology.

Zombie Head

Bright Fold

Thanks to this event’s sponsors:
SparkFun Electronics, Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media, and Sesemedia New Media.

New Workshop! | E-origami: The Intersection of Craft and Technology

E-origami: The Intersection of Craft and Technology
A workshop with SparkFun’s Jeff Branson
Miller Center Champlain College
175 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, VT

Monday, January 21, 2013

4pm – 6pm
Fee: $35
This workshop is full!
Today Jan 21: If you have already signed up for this workshop and have a question you must ask before the workshop begins, please text your question to 802-238-7768. This workshop if full. Thanks!

By combining the ancient art of origami with emerging technology we can explore a whole new set of tools for both learning and teaching concepts in electronics. In this workshop we’ll explore embedding controllers, building switches, conductive thread, and conductive ink as materials. We’ll also look at the more traditional paper techniques as applied to the creation of more interactive crafts.

flapping crane

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Sponsored by SparkFun Electronics, Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media, and Sesemedia New Media.