Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

The IDeATe sign in the Hunt Library basement

October 19, 2016

IDeATe Newsletter, October 2016 - Adam Savage, IDeATe Open House, Visit to Google Geek Street Fair


Thank you for visiting the October newsletter for IDeATe at Carnegie Mellon! We have had a busy fall semester so far with no signs of slowing down.

IDeATe Open House, Friday, October 21st, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. plus Learning Media Information Session

Have you been curious about what happens in IDeATe courses or just want a peek at what students and faculty have been working on the last few weeks? Stop in to the IDeATe labs in the Hunt Library basement this Friday, October 21st, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. to see some student projects and works-in-progress from courses like Introduction to Physical Computing, Rapid Prototyping Technologies, and Research Issues in Game Development. Staff and faculty will be there to answer questions. Be sure to check out the great new IDeATe sign our student staff have created for us on our CNC router!

Also on Friday, HCI/IDeATe faculty Marti Louw will hold an information session at 1:00 p.m. in IDeATe Studio A (Hunt Library 106B) on the Learning Media minor. Prof Louw and other faculty members will discuss the goals of the Learning Media minor and its curriculum and take questions from interested students.

Digital Shakespeare, Open Access Week, Visit from Adam Gross (DC 94)

Aside from the IDeATe open house, there are some really interesting events coming up. On Thursday, October 20th, there will be a roundtable discussion called "Digital Shakespeare." Open Access Week 2016 is upon us! October 20th through November 2nd, students can attend multiple sessions on topics like using Open Data in the classroom, plus enjoy a visit from Congressman Mike Doyle. On November 1st, Adam Gross (DC 94) will visit CMU to talk about how he leveraged the university's strengths in the humanities, arts, and technology into a successful career as a tech entrepreneur. See the IDeATe events page for details and links to these events.

Adam Savage Visit to IDeATe plus the Google Geek Street Fair

Adam Savage visits the IDeATe facililty

IDeATe had a really exciting and busy couple of days at the beginning of October. On October 6th, MythBusters' Adam Savage stopped into the IDeATe labs during his tour of innovative maker spaces in the Pittsburgh area. He spoke with students and faculty who have collaborated in the IDeATe spaces and got a peek at just a few of the exciting ways we have integrated creativity and technology. Savage and his film crew were filming for his upcoming web series. We will share more coverage as details are released!

IDeATe's table at the Google Geek Street Faire

On October 7th, Robotics Institute/IDeATe faculty member Garth Zeglin and some students from his Robotics for Creative Practice course attended the Google Geek Street Fair in Bakery Square. Google hosted local schools and businesses in a street fair format in which they displayed their works in the areas of creative technology and making. Local middle school students and community members attended the fair. The IDeATe booth had a lot of visitors and our robots underwent so many cool transformations as the middle schoolers stopped by to add their touch.

IDeATe Open Hours - We'll help you make your stuff!

Since the IDeATe facility opened in 2014, we have had a lot of requests for help with 3D printing and laser cutting from students not currently taking an IDeATe course in Hunt Library. Up until now, we did not have the resources to help, which we really wanted to change. So, we came up with IDeATe Open Hours! A few days a week, from 4:30 - 5:30, students, faculty, and staff can stop in with their files, go over with one of our staff members, and have their project 3D printed or laser cut for them! We will be looking for you input on how to best expand scheduling and other ways to improve so stop in and see us. For more information and file instructions, check the Open Hours page on the IDeATe Resources site.

Hands-on Handmade at Handmade Arcade, Thrive@CMU, and the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces

Interested in participating in this year's Handmade Arcade? Apply to be part of the new Hands-on Handmade (HOHA) area! HOHA, a participatory component to Handmade Arcade, offers a variety of drop-in and daylong interactive programs including craft demonstrations, mini-tutorials, make-and-take activities, craft competitions and art installations. HOHA is designed to bridge the gap between consumers and creators, engage attendees and vendors in a shared creative process, increase awareness about handmade art, locally-produced craft goods and processes, and provide a platform for artists and organizations to expand their reach into the community. HOHA's goal is to accept applicants that will engage attendees and vendors in a shared creative process, encourage the public to consider the role of craft in their own lives increase awareness about handmade and locally-produced goods, design an activity that can completed within a realistic timeframe. For more information and to apply, visit

Thrive@CMU, a 99-152 two unit, pass-no pass mini course was designed by a team of upper-class students, faculty and staff to help participants think critically about their overall well-being and success here at CMU. Themes addressed in this mini will include balancing academic and campus involvement, relationships, holistic health, stress, resilience and finding purpose. This class is designed for small group discussions and therefore limited to 16-18 students per section. This fall semester, we are piloting a sophomore version of thrive@CMU in a residential setting (Morewood Gardens). The course is listed as 99-152B2, Thrive@CMU. It will take place on Tuesdays, starting Mini 2 (start date Oct. 25th from 10:30 a.m. to -11:50 a.m. If you have questions regarding this course or if you would like to sign up, please email Angie Lusk at

Join us November 13th – 16th, 2016 at MIT for ISAM - where people, knowledge, and inspiration will fuse to catalyze makerspaces that have impact on the student learning experience and alumni success. Learn best practices, network with other makerspace advocates and tour MIT's makerspaces! For more info, the program/topics and to register, see the ISAM website. Generous travel support is available, especially for students! Apply here. We can cover most students' travel costs and registration if they show off cool stuff in the poster session and apply for support! Learn how to submit a poster at Faculty can also apply for partial support. We are also looking for exciting video on Makerspace Best Practices that we can highlight in the technical program. Learn more at!