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November 01, 2022

FrIDeATe + Games for Change


This Friday, November 4 is FrIDeATe! We'll have food, we'll discuss Spring 2023 courses, and we'll reveal the winner of this year's IDeATe T-Shirt Design Contest. (Psst: you still have until November 3 to vote for your favorite.) Join us at 4:45pm in the IDeATe Fabrication Lab (HL A5).


Basic Woodworking Workshop

Did you know that there's a wood shop in IDeATe? And, if you did know that, have you wondered why we have a wood shop when we have 3D printers and laser cutters? Well, all modern fabrication is built upon and still expects users to have basic woodworking skills.
In a 3-part workshop with IDeATe laser cutter instructor James Gyre, become familiar with the safe and effective use of basic woodworking tools: hand saws, power saws, drills, clamping, gluing, screws, power drills, sanding---all the basics. Students will build a birdhouse or other small project (wall shelf, desk organizer) that covers the use of each of our basic tools. We will also discuss working with wood, including grain direction, species selection, and when it's the right material for the task. Also covered are some basic wood finishing techniques so your pieces can be ready for use.
Registration is required and space is limited, but if we have enough interest, we will run another session in the spring!


The Past, Present, and Future of Games for Impact

Registration is open for the Civic Engagement Student Summit!

November 6, 2022 1-5 PM Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center Keynote Speaker: Asi Burak, Chief Business Officer, Tilting Point

Featuring break-out sessions on different topics such as advocacy, building community partnerships and game design, the Summit welcomes distinguished CMU alumnus Asi Burak (MET '06) back to campus for a special keynote speech titled “The Past, Present and Future of Games for Impact." Asi is a world-leading game publisher and Chairman of Games for Change, which focuses on how the world can use games and immersive media for social good.

Visit Civic Engagement Student Summit for a complete schedule.

The Summit is free and open to all students, undergraduate and graduate. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle copy of Asi's text "Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World." The first 20 registrations will receive a free water bottle (must be present to win).

ICYMI: AI Maker Space Info Sessions

The JP Morgan Chase AI Maker Space (AIMS) is open for business! AIMS is available to all students on the CMU campus and features a variety of high-tech equipment, including robots, drones, smart appliances, cameras, high-performance computers, and VR equipment. Students can use this equipment for class projects or independent research to create intelligent systems using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

There will be two information sessions in the AIMS (1001 Tepper, across from the Eberly Center) on Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3, 5-6pm. (Please register in advance!) The info sessions will introduce the equipment available at the AIMS, how to get access to the facility and its equipment, hours of operation, and other pertinent information.

For more information, visit the AIMS website or email


ICYMI: Playtest Night

What is a "Playtest Night?" It's a place where you can test your projects and/or help others test their projects, part of the CMU Playtesting, a collaboration between Entertainment Technology Center, IDeATe, and Human-Computer Interaction. Playtest Night is held (almost) every Tuesday, 6-8 pm in IDeATe Studio A (Hunt Library, first floor). If you're interested in participating as a playtester or if you would like to have your project playtested, contact Weilin Yuan at Upcoming Fall 2022 Playtest Nights: October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, December 6.