Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

December 02, 2020

F in the chat + Research Study Opportunity


Student/Futures 2. Art Spaces

Please join the School of Art this Friday, December 4, 12-1:30 pm EST for the next edition of Student/Futures. This month's panel will focus on Art Spaces, offering perspectives on navigating art world organizations including galleries, fairs, non-profits, and museums. The featured panelists are Airrion Copeland, aka "Air," Lisa Dent, Danielle Linzer, and Nico Wheadon. Registration required on Handshake.


Exploded Ensemble Presents: F in the chat

Building on the success of November's Democracy in Action, Exploded Ensemble continues its research into remote music-making with F in the chat, an interactive concert presented on that gives the audience the power to transform sound, video, and musical structure throughout the experience. Framing a concept of new beginnings and possibilities, F in the chat will feature original works by members of the ensemble, exploring the theme through audiovisual compositions, gestural communication, and performative objects.
F in the chat will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 7-8 pm EST on
Note: Although one does not need to have a Twitch account to watch the concert, the audience will need to register for one if they would like to comment in the chat to participate in the interactivities.

IDeATe Students Wanted for Smart Maker Spaces Study

As part of an NSF-funded project titled Smart Maker Spaces, we are conducting a deign research study to better understand student documentation practices especially in the context of remote-learning environments. As part of this work, we would like to study your current understanding and practice of documentation through a series of probes. These probes are methods and activities that will allow you to deeply observe and reflect on your everyday life and experiences that relate to documentation. The goal is to improve our understanding of students’ habits, challenges, and experiences surrounding this practice in the context of maker and project-based learning.

For this study, we would like to engage students in completing five activities that span over five days. This study will take approximately an hour and a half in total. 15-20 minutes will be spent each day for the first four days, and then 30 minutes on the last day. This study will be conducted completely remote, at a location of your choosing and at a time that suits you. You can choose to begin on the week of December 7th or the 14th. The final day will involve a one-on-one debrief session conducted via Zoom but the remainder of the study can be completed independently and individually.

To take part in the study, you must be at least 18 years of age and are currently enrolled in an IDeATe course or an IDeATe minor. If you are interested in participating, complete the screening survey at

If you are selected for the study, you will be asked to fill out a consent form. Your participation is completely voluntary, and the compensation for this five-day probe study will be a $50 Amazon gift card at the completion of the study. Please reach out to Marti Louw if you have any questions or would like to talk further about the study.

New S21 Course: 17-450 Crafting Software

Do you use programming to solve problems in your field of study? Do you know enough to be dangerous, but wish you could be proud of your code? 17-450 Crafting Software aims to provide students with sufficient knowledge and skills to use programming as part of their work. In this class, you will learn how to identify and find problems in your code. You will learn to read, parse, organize, and transform data. We will teach you to write code collaboratively and refine your programs so others can use them.The course will be a mixture of lecture and guided exercise with a recitation focused on hands on instruction. In this course, students are expected to have been exposed to some basic programming concepts, such as variables, if-statements, loops, and arrays. However, students are not expected to have extensive programming experience. This course is not appropriate for students that have completed more than two courses involving programming. We expect students in this class to have diverse backgrounds and experience. Some students will be self-taught, while others will have taken a programming course such as 02-201, 15-110, 15-104, 36-350, 95-898, or the library's Software Carpentry workshop. If you have questions about your background and the fit for this class, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the instructors, Josh Sunshine and Michael Hilton.

ICYMI: IDeATe Course Info Session Recording Available

Thank you to all who attended our S21 Course Info Session last week! If you were unable to join us, we have recorded the session and it is available on Box. If you have questions about IDeATe courses or minors, please reach out to

Dave Touretzky Named 2020 AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to SCS/IDeATe faculty member Dave Touretzky, who was recently announced to be a 2020 American Association of the Advancement of Science Fellow! This lifetime distinction recognizes important contributions to STEM disciplines including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public understanding of science. Read more at


ICYMI: Soft Tech: Open Hack Hours

Do you have ideas or projects you want to do, but don't know how?
Would you like to casually spend time with professors talking about ideas?
Are you curious about robotics and/or textiles and/or soft robotics?
Do you want to experiment with interesting materials and see what you might invent?
Come to our Open Hack Hours! 
Everyone is welcome to join Prof. Chris Atkenson (RI) and Prof. Olivia Robinson (IDeATe) for Open Hack Hours on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm on Zoom.  
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