Math/Science

Mathematical Ideas

Instructor: Michael Schneider
SF / SCIMA–200 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Writing 1 and Introduction to the Arts
June 1-July 3, Mon./Wed./Fri., 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Mathematical ideas have always influenced societies, and artists are often among the first to explore and express their meanings and implications. This course presents a variety of mathematical ideas from across cultures and times, particularly those that are still useful to artists, craftspeople, architects, and designers, from the mathematics of nature to modern computers. Each class involves visual presentations and hands–on activities from the course reader/workbook for exploring mathematical ideas. Homework each class involves creating something original to demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical ideas. The textbook supplements the ideas and helps prepare for upcoming class sessions. (3 credits)

This course fulfills the Math requirement or a  Humanities & Sciences Elective.

Autonomous Robotic Devices with Arduino

Instructor: Michael Shiloh
SF / SCIMA–200 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Writing 1 and Introduction to the Arts
June 1-19, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$80 lab fee payable at registration

In this class, students build, program, and customize their own Arduino robot, learning electronics and programming in the process. Students are encouraged to define "robot" very broadly. We first build a simple Arduino robot with motors and light sensors, and program the robot to move towards or away from light.

We then learn about different sensors (distance, sound, pressure, etc.) and actuators (LEDs, speakers, etc.) and how they can be used with Arduino, and start designing custom robotic devices. Infrared receivers, for example, allow for communication with the robot using a common TV remote control unit. Advanced programming concepts will be covered, giving the robots more complex behaviors.

Students in this class not only leave with their own personal robot, but also with knowledge of how to create other interactive objects or environments that can augment future projects. A laptop is required for this course. An additional materials fee will be charged.

Because this is a 3-week intensive, students should plan to be available for extended lab hours outside of scheduled class time. (3 credits)

This course satisfies a Science/Math requirement or a Humanities & Sciences Elective.