Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

IDeATe's Physical Computing Lab

August 22, 2019

TA Opportunities + Getting Ready for Fall

Getting Ready for Fall

The Physical Computing Lab is sitting quietly, waiting for you! We still have a couple courses looking for juniors, seniors, or graduate students to serve as TAs. Please see below! Also, the IDeATe offices are now located near the IDeATe Labs in the A9 space of Hunt Library.

Teaching Assistant Opportunities for Fall 2019 IDeATe Courses

62-478 A1 and A2 digiTOOL

The instructor for 62-478 digiTOOL, which has two sections in the mini 1 and mini 2 sessions, is looking for a TA. Knowledge of Fusion360 and other CAD software is a must and authorization to operate the IDeATe laser cutters and 3D printers is strongly preferred. If interested, please contact

05-438/838 The Role of Technology in Learning in the 21st Century

Looking for a TA for a fun fall class, "The Role of Technology in Learning in the 21st Century." The TA will help manage the class, including helping to set up Canvas, coordinating with students, grading, and other responsibilities. In turn, the TA will attend class and learn about learning science theories, new technologies, and other interesting topics. TAs should already have some basic knowledge of concepts like memory, motivation, and/or HCI concepts and methods. Approximately 10 hours per week, with pay at the standard rate for SCS. Please contact Professor Amy Ogan if interested (

05-291/05-691 Learning Media Design

The TA will help manage class logistics including maintaining the Canvas site, taking attendance, supporting in-class discussions, design activities, and reviews sessions with stakeholders, coordinating students requests, grading and other class related responsibilities.  The TA will be expected to attend class sessions (Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 -12), and complete course readings for discussion. TAs with background coursework and an interest in learning, education, design, and/or HCI concepts and methods are preferred. Anticipate up to 10 hours per week. If interested, please contact

49-313 Designing for the Internet of Things

Details available on Handshake.

Internship Opportunity with Scott Institute

The Scott Institute is searching for a Communications Intern for the fall semester. If you are a strong writer/editor and interested in the environment and energy, check out the job listing on Handshake and apply.

Call for Entries: Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces a call for entries for Creating Temporary Autonomous Zones - An Installation, an emerging media artwork which will be exhibited in the main hall of the new Carson Center. Between August 1 and August 31, artists are invited to submit proposals for artworks to be displayed during the run of the exhibition that launches on November 17, 2019. Exhibition theme: Creating Temporary Autonomous Zones.“

Coined in 1990 by poet, anarcho-immediatist and Sufi scholar Hakim Bey, the term temporary autonomous zone (T.A.Z.) seeks to preserve the creativity, energy and enthusiasm of autonomous uprisings without replicating the inevitable betrayal and violence that has been the reaction to most revolutions throughout history. The answer, according to Bey, lies in refusing to wait for a revolutionary moment, and instead create spaces of freedom in the immediate present whilst avoiding direct confrontation with the state. A T.A.Z. is a liberated area of land, time or imagination where one can be for something, not just against, and where new ways of being human together can be explored and experimented with. Locating itself in the cracks and fault lines in the global grid of control and alienation, a T.A.Z is an eruption of free culture where life is experienced at maximum intensity. It should feel like an exceptional party where for a brief moment our desires are made manifest and we all become the creators of the art of everyday life" The full text of Hakim Bey’s essay here.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts is seeking to create Temporary Autonomous Zones. The Carson Center showcases work that lives at the crossroads of storytelling and emerging media arts, including experimental films, 360 video, media installations, the Internet of Things, immersive and interactive experiences, custom digital platforms, VR/AR/MR/XR, AI etc.

Dates and guidelines

  • August 6: Proposal submissions open
  • August 31: Complete proposals must be submitted by 11:59PM PST
  • September 6: Finalists notified of their status
  • September 13: Finish in-person reviews
  • September 13–November 17: Installation window
  • November 17: Launch of installation

Proposals must be submitted via email Mail submissions will be considered.

Proposal mandatories:

  • Artist’s full name and contact information (address, phone, email)
  • A brief biography/résumé of the experience of the submitting artist (max. 500 words)
  • A brief description of the proposed artwork, including dimensions, media/materials, and all technical specifications (for example, if power/data connections are required, if work requires a vitrine or enclosure, or specific hardware requirements etc.)
  • A short statement on the proposed artwork’s relationship to the theme of The Temporary Autonomous Zones Project (max. 500 words)
  • Images of the proposed artwork or representative sample(s) of previous works comparable to the proposed artwork (max. 5 images in JPG, PNG, or PDF format only)

Eligibility: Projects may have previously premiered at festivals, art galleries, or conventions etc. and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Carson Center. We do look highly upon premiere status when considering submissions.

Selection process: Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee from the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. Finalists will be notified of their status by September 6, 2019. Artists chosen to proceed to the final round will be required to submit finished artwork (either the proposed piece or a representative sample) for in-person review by September 13, 2019. Artists will be responsible for all transportation and handling of artworks. Final submission and installation of work for the exhibition will take place in The Carson Center Main Hall. Artist chosen for the exhibition will receive an honorarium of 10,000 USD for their participation. Questions about the application process? Contact us at