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Photos and notes from Day 2 of #FabLearn #NYC hosted at @TeachersCollege this past weekend. #MakerEd #edtech #elemaker #ArtEdTech

Day 2 of FabLearn

Day Two of FabLarn started rainy and early (yet magically!) with a choice of workshops that required advanced registration. I was so glad to have a secured a spot in the sold out Reuse/Remix/Rethink: Exploring Mechanical Toys led by Christa Flores, Ryan Jenkins, and Joel Gordon. I am totally going to hack toys with kids at Brearley! Here’s a blurb from the program about the workshop:

ABSTRACT: In this hands-on workshop, participants will carefully dissect used mechanical toys and explore innovative ways learners of all ages can extend circuit and mechanism explorations using both analog materials and digital tools. This workshop will give participants ideas for how to use recycled materials in makerspaces and classrooms to support tinkering with science, art and creative coding. We’ll share practical tips on how to find and organize materials, share parts and tools lists and host a reflective discussion about how this type of workshop can contribute to a financially and environmentally sustainable making program.

After the workshop, Amanda Cox, Digital Editor of New York Times, delivered an amazing keynote! Here’s a brief bio from the conference program: https://nyc2019.fablearn.org/speakers/

After Amanda’s keynote, we heard from a panel discussing “Making around the world: Experiences and lessons learned“. Following this was a collection of various Project Demos and Educator Posters on view in the Ed Lab. Two standouts were:

1. Fernando Puertas, Eduardo Lobo and Edison Cabeza’s Animachines consisting of game cards to help kids learn about species (since species are going extinct at an alarming rate).

2. Roy Ombatti’s work with a for-profit start-up that launched a ‘Digital Design Fabrication Workshop’ which taught digital fabrication skills to unaccompanied refugee youth aged between 9 and 17 years old.

Next up in the program were Educator Roundtables. I attended Roundtable 3: Making Accross Curricula which included Connecting Curriculum to a Meaningful Learning presented by Paula Oliveira and Diego Thuler, Connecting the Disciplines Through Collaborative Problem Solving: Interdisciplinary Design
from Kate Tabor, Anthony Shaker and Adam Colestock, and Rebuilding an 18th Century Town: Math, 3D Printing, and Historical Empathy presented by Heather Pang.

After the roundtables, there was an Educator Panel moderated by Jaymes Dec back in the main theater. On stage, Erin Riley, John Lynch, Nalin Tutiyaphuengprasert, and Roger Horton shared some of their project ideas and experiences.

After this, I had to get home to decompress and spend some time getting ready for the week ahead. Unfortunately, I missed the final session where presenters shared their Full Papers about Tools for capturing learning in making and Designing maker implementations. I will console myself by trying to recall all the innovative, thoughtful, and inspiring things I saw and heard and all the people I reconnecting with or met for the first time. Can’t wait for the next NYC event! Check out all the upcoming FabLearn conferences including FabLearn Thailand happening January 10-12, 2020…

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Thanks to @Dfenjves, I can finally finish the @p5xjs code for #SingingFaces shared by @sofisagarcia_! #CCfestNYC #STEAM #ArtEdTech

Yesterday was another incarnation of CC Fest in New York City hosted at NYU ITP, and I’m proud to have attended all of their NYC-based events. It’s such an awesome, friendly, and welcoming way to delve into p5.js for both novices and advanced coders. [Per the p5.js website: p5.js is a JavaScript library that starts with the original goal of Processing to make coding accessible for artists, designers, educators, and beginners.] CC Fest has recently launched in Los Angeles and may branch out to other cities. My friend Saber Khan (@ed_saber) is a founder and organizer of CC Fest and an incredible thinker, thought leader, and educator. On their website, CC Fest describes itself as:

A Celebration of Creative Coding for Teachers and Students
CC Fest is an opportunity for students and teachers to engage in creative coding. Come spend a day making interactive and engaging digital art with the p5.js library. Teachers will work on bringing p5.js projects to their classes. Students will learn the basics of p5.js and build their creative coding portfolios. Read about the first CC Fest at NYU ITP in October 2016. We hosted a second CC Fest at NYU MAGNET in Brooklyn in April 2017. And a third at UCLA in September 2017. Checkout the tweets at #ccfestnyc and #ccfestla.

After a keynote from Cassie Tarakajian (@hellothisiscass), there were two sessions of learning opportunities led by educators, designers, tinkerers, programmers, artists, and other awesome volunteers. For my first session, I joined Danny Fenjves to learn about integrating microphones to alter shapes (Danny is the founder of Upperline Code.) In this workshop, I finally learned the shockingly simple code necessary for making mouths open/close along with music, thus solving a mystery that has been troubling me since March! I loved the wonderful compilation of Singing Faces (see video at the top of this post) shared by Sofia Isabel Garcia at a previous #CCfestNYC in March of 2017. These animations were created by girls in Grades 4-12 taught by Sofia as part of Code/Art in Miami. I never understood how to get the mouth shapes to dilate and contract along to the music, and I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even try to locate a solution on my own. Thank you, Danny! Here are Danny’s shared links:
1. Starter code: https://glitch.com/edit/#!/p5-sound-base
2. Finished code: https://glictch.com/edit/#!/95-sound-1-solved
3. And here’s the code I wrote that helped me dilate an ellipse based on mic.Level:

var mic;

function setup() {
createCanvas(800, 600);
mic = new p5.AudioIn()
mic.start()}

function draw() {
var micLevel = mic.getLevel() * 400
console.log(micLevel)
background(20, 30, 150);
noStroke();
fill(255);
ellipse(width/2, height/2, micLevel, micLevel);
fill (0,255,0);
ellipse(100, 200, 40, 40);
fill(255, 0, 0);
ellipse(micLevel, 300, 75, 75);
}

For the second session, I attended Serena Parr’s introduction to creating a Photobooth with p5.js using video capture from your camera’s webcam. It was awesome and made even more fun since I sat with three amazing ladies who inspire me daily with their ideas, insights, prototypes, and creative solutions: Maureen Reilly (@MaureenrReilly, Erin Riley (@eeriley99), and Tracy Rudzitis (@wagongrrl)! Serena’s super fun session helped me feel so much more comfortable about exploring Processing and p5.js libraries for more filters. Here are Serena’s shared links:
1. Serena’s presentation: bit.ly/photoboothsITP
2. Serena’s button photobooth program: bit.ly/buttonBoothITP
3. Serena’s emoji photobooth code: bit.ly/emojiBoothITP
4. Here’s Erik Nauman’s code for a Photobooth! Thanks, @openblackboard: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-IMQ38H3Y5GQJF6rGVfSItE7dXezlrzEWBYASeOXPTI/edit
5. And here’s my code for the project:

var capture;
var button;

function setup(){
createCanvas(320, 240);
capture = createCapture(VIDEO);
capture.size(320, 240);
button = createButton(‘Say Cheese’);
button.mousePressed(takePic)
capture.hide();
}

function takePic(){
image(capture, 0, 0, 320, 240);
// filter(‘INVERT’);
}

function draw(){
// background(255);
}

I had to leave after the second session and missed out on the sharing at the end of the day and the closing keynote by Todd Anderson (@toddwords).Here are some of my tweets from the day (I was too busy learning and shmoozing to share more):

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Many thanks to @eeriley99 for inspiring LED shapes using glue guns & silicon molds! #MakerEd

Saturday was The Brearley School‘s #OneBrearley Block Party where the school community and neighbors gathered to eat, make, explore, learn, sing, and build together. I led an activity where participants assembled LED pins using lights, batteries, felt, clothespins, pin backings, and hot glue. This project was inspired by one of Erin Riley‘s tweets from last year (embedded below) about melting hot glue (from glue guns) into silicon molds and then popping in an LED to create molded lights. So brilliant and so simple! I am ever grateful to Erin of Greenwich Academy for inspiring me with so many of her creative, thoughtful, intricate, and innovative project ideas! Follow her on Twitter at @eerily99 and at her site http://erinriley.weebly.com.

 

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