Breakthrough Youth Network
free art + technology classes and workshops for girls and videogame classes for youth
Past Hosts of Plug-In Studio ArtMakerSpaces:
Chicago Public Libraries, various branches
Yollocalli Arts Reach, a program of the
National Museum of Mexican Arts
ElevArte Community Studio
Evanston Art Center
Hyde Park Art Center
Teacher's College, Columbia University,
Creative Technologies Symposium
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,
Family Day Program: Blink
National Art Education Association,
2015 National Conference
The Plug-in Studio is generously supported by:
The PicoCricket is a tiny computer with modular blocks similar to Legos; this set includes and array of inputs (light, touch, IR, sound sensors) and outputs (motors, lights, IR, and speakers). The PicoCricket can be programmed with PicoBlocks software, a visual programming language that is the precourser to Scratch.
littleBits are an opensource library of electronic modules--LEDs, motors, switches, sensors--that snap together with tiny magnets to form circuits.
The MaKey MaKey is a circuit board that plugs into a computer's USB port allowing users to make any physical object act like a "key" on the computer's keyboard, triggering Scratch and other computer programs.
Squishy Circuits are an electronics set using conductive playdough to make electrical circuits using battery packs, LEDs, buzzers and motors.