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Vermont FabLab Workshop – Spring 2014

An Exciting New Course at UVM Explores Innovation through Art + Technology Projects
CEMS 095 + CEMS 295
Instructor: Jenn Karson
University of Vermont | Spring 2014 | 3 Credits
Wednesdays 5:10 – 8:10pm
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Vermont Training Program Grant funding is available – see below

This course is open to non-degree students including:

•  Professional creatives and artists who want to explore the use of contemporary art + technology materials and methods.

•  Entrepreneurs and business professionals interested in innovation and product development

•  K-12 teachers who need to implement common core engineering + design curriculum

Vermont FabLab Workshop is an overview of the convergence of art + technology in engineering, contemporary art and the DIY maker movement. Through live demonstrations, hands-on projects and complementary readings students will gain technical skills and engage in critical reflections on aesthetics, material culture, technology and society.

Class teachings and projects will introduce design thinking, ecological thinking, handmade electronics, microcontrollers, physical computing, e-textiles, circuit bending, how to use Vermont FabLab’s rapid prototyping equipment and STEAM educational approaches. Students will be taught practical skills and class presentations will give context to how artists, scientists and technologists are using new technologies and rapid prototyping methods.

If you are interested in enrolling contact UVM Continuing Education:
Phone: (800) 639-3210 or (802) 656-2085. Click the “learn more” button below to ask a question.

The State of Vermont has approved the FabLab Workshop for Vermont Training Program Grant funding – yes, the credit course – for Vermonters work in Manufacturing, Health Care, Information Technology, Telecommunications, or Environmental Engineering. This means a 40% reduction in the cost for those qualifying for the grant.
Here is a link to more info about the grant and the application


Our Theme This Spring is ‘User Required’

APRIL 12 – MAY 18, 2013


Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, 5-8pm
Member Preview: Thursday, April 11, 5:30-7:30pm

View photos of the exhibition on facebook

Innovative light and sound-focused technologies that are fueling a new generation of art “making” are the focus of this exhibition. The BCA Center is transformed into a multi-floor interactive space, showcasing experiential and customizable technologies that blur the distinctions between science, art, and technology. Each project in the exhibition will facilitate an engaging, provoking, and multi-sensory experience of contemporary art.

Artists and collaborators include: Colin Brahmstedt, Marcelo Coelho, John Cohn, Maxwell Cohn, Mike Fortney, Eric Hall, }Hexdump{, Dave Howell, Ken Howell, Jennifer Jacobs, Jenn Karson, Al Larsen, Renée Lauzon, Kathy Marmor, Robin Perlah, Jeffrey Pierce, Jie Qi, Rebecca Schwarz, Chris Thompson, Karen Walkerman, Homer Wells, and Jamie Zigelbaum

Exhibition: User Required
April 12 – May 18, 2013
Burlington City Arts Center
135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401
An exhibition of Burlington City Arts
Members of Vermont Makers will have work on view and Vermont Makers will host special complementary programming, see below:
More exhibition info

Vermont Makers Meetup
April 25 7pm
Burlington City Arts Center
135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401
Cosponsored by Vermont Makers and Burlington City Arts
Join us in the galleries of “User Required” for a special Vermont Makers Meetup! Converse with artists, technologists and scientists about the ideas and technology of the works on view.

“User Required” Curator talk with Kathy Marmor and Michael Fortney
Thursday, May 2nd, 7pm
Burlington City Arts Center
135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401
A Program of Burlington City Arts
Join artist Kathy Marmor, engineer collaborator Michael Fortney, and BCA Curator DJ Hellerman for a discussion about cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Makers on Deck
Friday, May 17th, 5-8pm
Cosponsored by Vermont Makers and Burlington City Arts
Bring a problem, project, or a question, and let the MacGyver-esque team of artists, engineers, and scientists brainstorm with you.

Beginning Arduino Workshop
May 4 from 1-5
Burlington City Arts Center
135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401
Cosponsored by Vermont Makers Burlington City Arts
Register Here

What is Arduino?

Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform that uses a “system on a chip” integrated circuit, and an easy to use development environment for writing software.

Why Arduino?

Inexpensive – Arduino boards are relatively inexpensive compared to other microcontroller
platforms. The least expensive version of the Arduino module can be assembled by hand, and even the pre-assembled Arduino modules cost less than $50.

Cross-platform – The Arduino software runs on Windows, Macintosh OSX, and Linux operating systems.

Simple, clear programming environment – The Arduino programming environment is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users to take advantage of as well.

Wokshop Logistics

Attendees must bring their own Windows 7, Windows XP SP3, or Mac laptop (sorry, no Linux).

Arduino Unos will be provided for the class. A donation of $20 (or more 🙂 is suggested, but not required. This money will be used to sponsor further workshops.

Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Class size is limited to ten stations, and sharing hardware is encouraged (more than one person/station).
Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Arduinos and additional hardware can be purchased through Vermont Makers for a discount after attending the workshop. We have educational discounts through SparkFun and Adafruit. Certain group minimum order restrictions apply.