Courses are well underway in Design Lab 1, and at this point the room is buzzing with students solving problems creatively and collaboratively. There are currently three courses (Hands-On Robotics, Designing Web Interfaces, and Interactive Media Design) and three special interest groups (Electronic Lunch, Michigan Animation Club, and Derivative TouchDesigner enthusiasts) that meet in Design Lab 1—you can see the full schedule here.
The Design Lab consultants have been thoughtfully observing activity in the rooms for several weeks. Many students and faculty have been kind enough to share their work with us, and now with the world!
Hands-On Robotics had their first Presentation Day (“P-Day”) on September 23, and will present their newest projects next Monday, October 20.
The Design Lab 1 staff developed a video during the 2013-2014 school year that outlines some of Hands-On Robotics professor Shai Revzen’s teaching strategies.
Interactive Media Design
On October 9, consultant Peter Littlejohn writes:
Alex stayed after Interactive Media Design today to work on the Max/MSP patch for his upcoming game project. The game will make use of continuous sensing data sent from an Arduino through serial to Max, focusing on the physical interaction of the player.
Designing Web Interfaces
On October 15, consultant Raj Brueggemann writes:
Seth Ellis’ Designing Web Interfaces course at a moment during critiques of students’ work. Seth pulled up each project on the project for the class to view and observe. In particular, the class tried to judge how readable and navigable each site was, as well as the visual and aesthetic qualities. Building good websites is growing as an essential tool for designers, and this class demonstrated that fact, as students from Architecture and Engineering joined in the class critiques. Students were also able to view and navigate the websites individually from their desktop workstations.