Creative Coding PD: Crafting Computational Identities
May
2
to May 4

Creative Coding PD: Crafting Computational Identities

This is a workshop for educators

This professional development workshop that will introduce different ways that youth can integrate computation with craft, art, and design.

We’ll engage with practices that support personal expression and explorations of identity and culture through computing. We will examine research on the connections between art, culture, and engagement in education. We will play with programming, fabricating, and making in different media, including clay, paper, and textiles. And, we will discuss connections between culture, technology, and class--looking for new beautiful and personally meaningful pathways into STEM.

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#Photograms Workshop
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

#Photograms Workshop

This event is for ages 18+

In this fun hands-on workshop you will create photograms or images created without a camera by placing objects on photographic paper, exposing it to light and then developing the print. 

We’ll provide a wide variety of materials as well as other unusual electronic and natural objects for participants to use to create one-of-a-kind prints. There will be the opportunity to learn about the art of developing photographic prints and get hands on in a darkroom environment.

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Bastelmix 2019 at Raumschiff
May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Bastelmix 2019 at Raumschiff

We’ll lead a “computational creatures” themed professional development workshop at a astronomy themed makerspace in Zurich, Switzerland. The topics will include an analog exploration of motion and mechanisms and an experimental workshop that combines coding and everyday materials as the participants build programmable robots.

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Tinkerfest 2019 at Chabot Space and Science Center
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Tinkerfest 2019 at Chabot Space and Science Center

Tinkerfest is a one-day festival that celebrates the creative, curious, and inventive spirit in all of us. Tinkerfest 2019 will bring together makers, artists, and tinkerers to showcase their work and invites attendees of all ages to join in on the DIY fun.

We ll be creating a giant collaborative Rube Goldberg style chain reaction machine!

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Erasure Poetry with Makey Makey
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Erasure Poetry with Makey Makey

  • 1808 5th Street Berkeley United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop is for ages 18+

Erasure is the act of erasing fragments of an existing text to create a new one. In this workshop, you’ll physically “erase” books, magazines, and newspapers with markers and paint to create your own poems. Then, we’ll use the Makey Makey to make your poems interactive!

We will be collaborating with our friends at Atiq: The Jewish Maker Institute to think about freedom as a topic for the compositions. This workshop will be a first draft for a poetic automata workshop at Maker Faire in May.

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Coding With Chibitronics
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Coding With Chibitronics

  • 1808 5th Street Berkeley United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a all-ages family workshop

Are you interested in getting started with physical programming, creative coding and tinkering with art science and technology?

Join Wonderful Idea Co for a introduction to paper circuits, block-based programming and basic electronics. We’ll use the Chibitronics Chibichip as a micro-controller and Microsoft MakeCode web-based coding format to create personally meaningful projects. 

The workshop leaders will begin with by sharing a basic introduction to the techniques of making and programming and we will create open-ended projects based on learners own ideas. 

The price of admission includes one adult (age 18+) and one child (ages 8-18) and your own Chibi Chip (and other tinkering materials) to take home to continue your explorations.

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WICO Workshop: Pinholes and Photography
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

WICO Workshop: Pinholes and Photography

THIS EVENT WILL BE POSTPONED - Check back for more updates soon!

Join Wonderful Idea Co educators and special guest facilitator Modesto Tamez for a introduction to the physical properties of light, building pinhole cameras out of everyday materials and developing the photographic prints.

This family-friendly workshop will give learners the chance to learn, make and tinker together. The price of admission includes one adult and one child registration and you will be able to take home your pinhole camera to continue the explorations.

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FabLearn 2019 New York City
Mar
9
to Mar 10

FabLearn 2019 New York City

  • Teachers College, Columbia University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Wonderful Idea co-founder Ryan Jenkins and friends for two hands on tinkering workshops at the FabLearn flagship conference in New York.

Eco-Friendly Circuits & Computational Tinkering with Angela Sofia Lombardo on Saturday 3/9 at 4:40pm

Join this workshop to explore a set of circuit-based components that go beyond ‘batteries and bulbs’ to focus on elements related to ‘green energy’ like hand crank generators, wind powered turbines and solar panels. Connect “green energy” generators to the analog pins of Micro:bit and create all sort of interactive projects using produced energy values through an experimental extension of Scratch 3.0.Develop a better sense of the frustration, joy and questions that their students go through during the tinkering process. That’s the most playful, hands-on and creative way to discover who much energy a green generator can produce!

Reuse/Remix/Rethink: Exploring Mechanical Toys with Christa Flores and Joel Gordon on Sunday 3/10 at 8:30am

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.

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WICO Workshop: My Electric Valentine
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

WICO Workshop: My Electric Valentine

Celebrate Valentine's Day at this evening of tinkering with art, science and technology at the Maker Ed Community Studio as we explore LEDs, copper tape, soldering irons and a wide variety of craft materials. You'll get an introduction to the basics of creating a light-up card that expresses your most (or least) romantic feelings thorugh drawings, messages and blinking LEDs.

This is a perfect workshop for artists that want to incorporate technology into their work, engineers who want to exercise their creative muscles and anyone interested in getting more science and making into their life!

Come with your partner or come to meet someone new as we make and tinker together in a fun and informal environment. All tools and materials will be provided.

This workshop is for makers ages 18+

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East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2018
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2018

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

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Tinkerfest at Amazeum
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Tinkerfest at Amazeum

This one-day celebration of creativity and curiosity hands-on brings makers, tinkerers, artists, and creatives together to share their work with the community. Tinkerfest features STEAM activities from Amazeum Makers in Residence, the local maker community, partner museums from across the country, and the Amazeum team. And, yes, a vehicle will be dismantled.

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Figment Oakland 2018
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Figment Oakland 2018

FIGMENT Oakland is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT's mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities.

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Tinkering in the Kitchen at ASPAC 2018
Sep
4
10:00 AM10:00

Tinkering in the Kitchen at ASPAC 2018

In this playful day-long workshop, we’ll tinkering activities with a culinary twist and reflect on the qualities of these experiences as learners. These fun hands-on investigations will serve as a starting point for identifying practical ways to adjust materials, environments and facilitation strategies to support a tinkering disposition.

Our explorations will focus on the STEAM content areas of electrical circuits,  computation, and mechanical movements as we program electronic paper designs and build a collaborative chain reaction. Through these experimental food-themed versions of the activities, we'll reflect on how tinkering can support collaboration, use of familiar materials in an unfamiliar way and an iterative process.

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WICO Workshop: Illuminate the Mission with Elisabeth Sylvan
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

WICO Workshop: Illuminate the Mission with Elisabeth Sylvan

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a social evening of tinkering for adults (18+) to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials. 

In this #WICO workshop led by maker and artist Elisabeth Slyvan, you will explore the theme of Illuminated Mission (inspired by Mission Possible SF) blending personal stories with public data to create unique interactive data maps that spark deeper connections and conversations. We'll use copper tape, LEDs and programmable microcontrollers to create one-of-a-kind art pieces. 

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WICO Workshop: Light-Up Faux Fur Cat Ears with Amped Atelier
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

WICO Workshop: Light-Up Faux Fur Cat Ears with Amped Atelier

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a social evening of tinkering for adults (18+) to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join in the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials. 

In this workshop led by Amped Atelier, a San Francisco based design studio specializing in tech couture, you will make faux fur cat ears that light-up with LEDs and learn how to sew a circuit with conductive thread.

Some hand sewing is required for this class.

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WICO Summer Camp Week 4 (crafting with code)
Aug
13
to Aug 17

WICO Summer Camp Week 4 (crafting with code)

In this session we'll tinker with the connections between computation, traditional craft, digital fabrication, engineering and circuitry. We'll investigate workshops like paper circuits, sewing with conductive thread and designing vinyl stickers. Our tools and material set will include soldering irons, chibi chips, copper tape and watercolors. 

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Creative Coding PD Workshop
Aug
10
to Aug 12

Creative Coding PD Workshop

In this professional development workshop we will explore computational tinkering — a playful, collaborative, and open-ended approach to exploring digital tools like Arduino, Scratch programming, Micro:bit and Chibitronics Chibichip.

As part of the two-day atelier, educators will experience several hands-on computational tinkering activities as learners, construct our own workshop elements, and brainstorm strategies to integrate new technologies to art, science, and making programs.

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WICO Workshop: Sourdough Secrets with Bread Srsly
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

WICO Workshop: Sourdough Secrets with Bread Srsly

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a social evening of tinkering for adults (18+) to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join in the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials. 

In this #WICO workshop led by the team at Bread Srsly, a delicious gluten free, vegan bakery in the Bay Area, participants will learn about the process of making gluten free sourdough, experiment with unique ingredients and take home a delicious homemade treat. 

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Scratch@MIT 2018
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Scratch@MIT 2018

We'll be collaborating with friends at Coder Dojo and the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio for two hands-on computational tinkering workshops as part of the annual Scratch Conference at the MIT Media Lab. 

Find more info about the Scratch Conference here - https://scratch.mit.edu/conference/

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WICO Workshop: Light-up Japanese Fans with Corinne Okada Takara
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

WICO Workshop: Light-up Japanese Fans with Corinne Okada Takara

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a weekend workshop to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join in the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials.

In this workshop (for tinkerers ages 10 and up) led by artist and maker Corinne Okara Takada, you will make a light-up LED fan based on the designs displayed in Japanese summer festivals and used in Obon dancing. This modern take on the Uchiwa fan illuminates so that when people dance at dusk, the sweep of their hands are traced in the fan’s arc of light.

After the workshop we encoruage participants to take their creations to the 80th annual Ginza Bazaar and Bon Odori in San Francisco's Japan Town and join the celebration. 

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WICO Workshop: Musique Concrète with Pillow Garden & Memeshift
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

WICO Workshop: Musique Concrète with Pillow Garden & Memeshift

Wonderful Idea Co. presents a social evening of tinkering for adults (18+) to explore the intersections of art, science and delightful ideas. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced maker, we encourage you to join in the community, slow down and mess around with an interesting collection of high and low tech tools and materials.

In this #WICO workshop led by local artists and musicians Pillow Garden and Memeshift (Sarah H. Chung and Morgan Sully), you will experiment with sound sampling or musique concrète, music constructed by mixing recorded sounds, first developed by experimental composers in the 1940s. Each participant will learn the basics of soldering as they create their own contact mic by adding wires to a piezo electric device.

We'll then spend some time sampling and recording fun objects throughout the space and will then use these recordings to come up with our own 4 bar sequences to play and share!

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WICO Summer Camp Week 2 (crafting with code)
Jul
16
to Jul 20

WICO Summer Camp Week 2 (crafting with code)

In this session we'll tinker with the connections between computation, traditional craft, digital fabrication, engineering and circuitry. We'll investigate workshops like paper circuits, sewing with conductive thread and designing vinyl stickers. Our tools and material set will include soldering irons, chibi chips, copper tape and watercolors. 

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Ethical Creativity Institute 2018
Jun
28
9:00 AM09:00

Ethical Creativity Institute 2018

We'll be leading a tinkering workshop at the Ethical Creativity Institute (ECI), a weeklong professional development and curriculum design program created and hosted by The Brandeis School of San Francisco that combines the emergent fields of design thinking, tinkering, and constructionist education with Jewish traditions and ethical frameworks. 

Learn more about the workshop here - https://www.sfbrandeis.org/page/about-us/ethical-creativity/ethical-creativity-institute

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Workshop at Museum of Discovery
Apr
26
7:30 AM07:30

Workshop at Museum of Discovery

We're leading a one-day professional development workshop for collaborators of Museum of Discover in Little Rock Arkansas. It will be an exploration of art machines and programming paper circuits and a chance to have deep discussions about the implications of learning through tinkeing.

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STEAMConf2018 Barcelona
Apr
18
to Apr 21

STEAMConf2018 Barcelona

We're partnering with Christa Flores to lead a intensive tinkering workshop with a group of art, science and technology educators. Ryan will also give a presentation on "Tinkering and “Unplanned Learning” in the Classroom" at the conference

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