Homework for 10/30

For Friday: Make a post about your idea – include sketches or inspiration photos/videos. Also let Becky know if you need any Adafruit electronics (by 12pm Friday).

For next week: bring in materials you’ve acquired to work on your project in class, with some construction process made (a breadboard Arduino circuit, some soldered LEDs, etc.)– bring problems you need help with. We will also be having an hour-long ShopBot demo from Leif.

Those of you looking for conductive fabric might like to pick up a sample pack from Less EMF.

Homework for 10/23

Next class we will be having a sewing and soldering workshop and begin work on our Plush Nightlight project. Do research, come up with a concept, and make sketches of your plush night light (bring multiple options). You’ll learn how to make a pattern from your sketch, sew, and solder LEDs for inside. We’ll also explore some soft circuit techniques.

Make three blog posts from your research. These posts should be a mix of commercial products and DIY projects that include both fabric and light. If you have fallen behind on inspiration blog posts in the past, make six posts.

Sam: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday
David T.: Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Rona: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
David H.: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Emi: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Gaia: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Mansi: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Damon: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday
Zena: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Joseph: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Katie: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Charlotta: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Matthew: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Willy: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Richard: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Cassy: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Clay: Thursday, Saturday, Monday

Mid-semester evaluations! Sign up HERE

It’s that time! We’ll be having individual meetings for your mid-semester evaluations before and after class next week 10/23. Please EDIT THIS POST to sign up for a timeslot:

12:00: Zena Pesta
12:10: Willy Chan
12:20: Mansi Gupta
12:30: Damon Ahola
12:40: Matt Barber
12:50: David Hu
–class 1-3:50–
4:00: Emi Yasaka
4:10: Rona Binay
4:20: Katie McElroy
4:30: Charlotta Hellichius
4:40: Joseph Weissgold
4:50: David Thonis
5:00: Cassy Michel
5:10: Clay Kippen
5:20: Gaia Orain
5:30: Richard Clarkson
5:40: Sam Moore

We’ll use this one-on-one time to discuss your progress in the course, as well as the course itself. Bring suggestions for me– I want this course to deliver valuable assets to your education and I’m very open to your feedback.

Homework and 10/16: tutorial presentations!

Right away: blog your draft tutorial here so your classmates can give you constructive feedback.

For next class:

Research tutorials on a similar subject to yours. Find and blog three of these that are better than yours in some way, and use those observations to improve your tutorial. Schedule:

Cassy: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday
Clay: Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Damon: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
David H.: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Emi: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Gaia: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Charlotta: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Richard: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday
Willy: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Joseph: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Katie: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Mansi: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Matthew: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Zena: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Rona: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Sam: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
David T.: Thursday, Saturday, Monday

Did you know you can schedule blog posts in advance? You can! Look for the text “Publish immediately” in the post composition window and click “Edit” next to it. Change the publish date to your assigned day if you want to make the post beforehand!

Update your project blog post to reflect its final version, or make a new post about your finished tutorial. Include some of the intro text or write some new text motivating the blog reader to click over and read your tutorial (don’t forget the link!). Your post should also contain one of your best images.

Find five blogs to send your project to (or more!). Look for a “tip” submission form or email address and pitch your project. Keep it short and sweet, and be sure to include the Instructables URL. Email me the list of blogs you chose. Send out your projects by Friday so that bloggers have a chance to publish your project before class– we will be discussing the reader responses and view counts on your Instructables.

In class next week we’ll have a special guest, Haley Pierson-Cox! She is a rock star crafter and tutorial writer and her fresh look at your projects should yield some great feedback. Please arrive on time and load your project up in a tab on the presentation computer!

Your presentations should:
-concisely take us through the tutorial with photos (don’t read your tutorial to us)
-discuss reader reactions and what blogs wrote about your project
-express your biggest success during this project and also your biggest challenge, and what you would do differently if you had the chance
-ask the audience specific questions to direct the type of feedback you need

Week 3 Assignment – tutorial inspiration/research

For homework this week, you will be brainstorming and researching for your next project: a step by step tutorial on a topic of your choosing– authored 100% by you! Please post up three tutorials on any subject that you think are EXCELLENT. Explain why, and what you might learn from that tutorial that informs your own. So that all the posts aren’t on the blog at once, please post according to the following schedule:

Cassy: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday
Clay: Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Damon: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
David H.: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Emi: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Gaia: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Charlotta: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Richard: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday
Willy: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Joseph: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Katie: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Mansi: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Matthew: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Zena: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Rona: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Sam: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
David T.: Thursday, Saturday, Monday