[oshug-announce] OSHUG #34 — Teaching, Wednesday 21st May.

Andrew Back arback at computer.org
Thu May 8 09:36:17 UTC 2014


Registration is now open for the meeting May meeting. Details below.




Event #34 — 21st May 2014, 17:30 - 20:30 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.

  Registration: http://oshug.org/event/34

The thirty-fourth OSHUG meeting will feature three talks that each
explore approaches to teaching electronics and programming.

— Teaching with the LilyPad Arduino

In this talk we will hear about experiences of teaching basic
electronics and coding principles via wearable technology and
e-textiles, using the LilyPad Arduino — a sewable microcontroller — in
workshops with people of all ages at universities, schools at

Rain Ashford designs and constructs wearable technology, e-textiles
and interactive artworks. A PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, where she is
investigating the possibility that wearable technology can be used to
augment new forms of non-verbal communication, particularly in the
areas of body language and emotion, by the amplifying and visualising
of physiological data. She has studied Fine Art, Multimedia, and
Electronics Engineering, which has led to her work developing as a
convergence of art, programming and electronics.

— Raspberry Pi in education

Challenges, benefits and experiences with the Raspberry Pi as an
educational tool.

Matt Venn has run hundreds of creative science workshops for thousands
of children and adults around the world. For the last year, he has
been working with teachers in preparation for the computer science
curriculum changes; creating and leading courses, workshops and

When he's not inventing new ways of getting people excited about
science, Matthew plays music, invents puzzle boxes, practices martial
arts and maintains bikes.

— MzTEK: festivals, workshops and take away technologies

MzTEK is a non-profit organisation that aims to redress the imbalance
of women artists working in the fields of new media, computer arts,
electronics and technology. Based in London and supported by Hackney
arts institution [ space ], and Centre for Creative Collaboration in
Kings Cross, and hosting a range of workshops, talks and
self-initiated tinker sessions.

In collaboration with partner organisations, MzTEK develop
interesting, accessible and curiosity igniting workshops that can be
delivered in short time frames and engage a wide audience with varying
skills. Working with open source technologies and tools to help ensure
that participants continue making and tinkering with the technologies
they encounter long after workshops. Furthermore, doing this at
festivals and events where the hope is to encounter a broad range of
participants and unpredictable work environments! This talk will
discuss some previous projects such as the Hacked Human Orchestra, a
wearable electronics project devised in collaboration with Guerrilla
Science, and suggest ways that thematic focus, together with a well
balanced combination of skill acquisition, creativity and fun can
enhance workshop delivery.

Shauna Concannon is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in
communication spaces and constructive disagreement. She has been
working with MzTEK for the past few years, developing and facilitating
workshops in Processing, Arduino and wearable electronics. She is
currently undertaking a PhD in Media and Arts Technology at Queen Mary
University of London.

Note: Please aim to by 18:15 as the first talk will start at 18:30 prompt.

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