Mathematical Ideas

Instructor: Michael Schneider
SF / SCIMA–200 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Writing 1 and Introduction to the Arts
June 2-July 7 (no class July 4), 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 week involves creating something original to demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical ideas. The textbook supplements the ideas and helps prepare for upcoming class sessions.

This course fulfills a Math requirement or H&S Elective.

Arduino Robotics

Instructor: J.D. Zamfirescu
SF / SCIMA–200 / 000 /15 sessions
Prerequisite: Writing 1 and Introduction to the Arts
June 2–July 7 (no class July 3), Mon./Wed./Thurs., 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.

An Arduino robot starts with motors and light sensors. Participants work with transistors to connect the motors safely to an Arduino board and program the robot to react to the difference in light falling on two sensors.

The class explores how different sensors (distance, sound, GPS, infrared) can be interfaced with Arduino, while customizing their robot through the choice of sensors. Infrared sensors, for example, allow for communication with the robot using a common TV remote control unit. On the output side, students learn how to add servo motors, lights, and sound.

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy to use hardware and software. Students in this class not only leave with their own personal robot, but also with the knowledge of how to create other interactive objects or environments that can augment future art projects.

A laptop is strongly recommended for this course.

This course satisfies a Science/Math requirement or an H&S Elective.