Here’s a scanned copy of the Iowa City STEAM Room Fab Lab Brochure.
Support the Iowa City STEM Robotic Summer Camp for Girls
Please Support The Iowa City STEM Robotic Summer Camp for Girls
an appeal from Denise Szecsei
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iowa
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Time is running out and I need some help with funding the next step in my Robot Theater Summer Camp project. I applied for a $100K grant from Chase to expand the camp I’ve developed for 5th and 6th grade girls, and need Facebook votes to get to the next level!
I’ve made it easy: you can vote here: http://modnarenterprises.com (scroll down to the Fundraising section).
Our first summer camp will take place in 3 weeks. This pilot camp has external funding (we received a community action grant from AAUW) and is fully enrolled. We’re fundraising to expand it to other communities in 2016. We need 250 votes to get to the next level with the Chase grant, and right now we are up to 174. We’d love your vote and help with spreading the word by sharing your vote and your vote number (as well as this post!) on your Facebook page! The deadline is June 19th.
Here is how you can help:
- We need your vote (your family members can also vote)
- We need help spreading the word and encouraging people in your social network to vote in support of this project.
- We can induce some exponential growth if this message continues to spread. Please encourage your friends to share this information with THEIR friends, so that they can vote and spread the message, and their friends can spread the message, and…well, you get the idea.
See the robots on YouTube (they’re really cute!):
You can read a description of the development of the project here: http://modnarenterprises.com/Paper.pdf
You can read the text of the grant proposal here: http://modnarenterprises.com/ModnaRBusinessGrant.pdf
Spread the word, and help us inspire girls to code. Together, we can turn STEM into STEAM by embedding the arts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
If you want to talk more about this project with me, feel free to e-mail me. As this project grows, we will be looking for new communities interested in partnering to offer Robot Theater Summer Camps. So, if you have connections in other parts of Iowa (or in other parts of the country), please pass this information on to them.
UIOWA Engineering Student Makes Solar Cook Stove
Video first uploaded to YouTube on 9 Feb 2015.
Below are a few excerpts from the IowaNow article, “The Student Experience: Allison Kindig.” (9 Feb 2015)
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Allison Kindig did her homework before coming to the University of Iowa. Four years later, her preparation is still paying dividends.
The Cedar Rapids native and industrial engineering major recalls looking for a school that would offer her the opportunity to study a variety of subjects ranging from engineering to international business—and more.
During her first semester, she met with H.S. (Uday) Udaykumar, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the UI College of Engineering, enrolled in his class, and traveled to northwestern India. Once there, she and her classmates built a small solar cooker and demonstrated it to local villagers.
“Allison has been leading our efforts to develop low-cost, high efficiency solar cook stoves, particularly stored-energy solar cook stoves for the developing world,” Udaykumar says. “She has spent time in India and in Cameroon working on the project; in Cameroon she went on a Stanley Fellowship on her own initiative and trekked 30 miles into the bush to carry and demonstrate solar cookers in remote villages.
Kindig notes that the project requires teamwork, and no individual or profession acting alone can be effective.
Iowa City 3D Community Website
This website was launched on February 3 as a pop-up site to support the 2015 Iowa City 3D Technologies Symposium.
As of February 6, it has now been transitioned to a community run website to provide information about local 3D technology workshops, events, businesses, job listings, and other news.
It can also be used to support and promote upcoming events.
Contact us if you’d like to become involved.
Metal Plated 3D Printing from Shapeways
On 6 February 2015, Shapeways announced metal plated 3D printing services.
“Precious Plated Metal is a great choice for all of your jewelry. The 18k Gold Plated will replace our existing Gold Plated Brass. If you were currently selling this material in your shop, we’ve gone ahead and updated the offering and carried over your markup on Shapeways. Be sure to enable your models in the new Rhodium, Rose & 14k Gold Premium Plated, too- they’re all the same price!”
“Products made in Precious Plated Metal are made the same way our Polished Brass is with a few bonus steps. Wax casts of your model are 3D printed, plaster is poured around the wax cast, and then the brass is poured in the cast. The brass cools and takes form before we carefully remove the cast. We then layer it with palladium, increasing strength and durability, before finishing your products with 0.5 microns of the precious alloy of your choice. The electroplating on our new upgraded offering is more durable and we are excited to delight even more designers and shoppers with these materials.”
Click here to read the full story.
Precious Plated Metal 3D Printing from Shapeways: A Closer Look
Originally Published on 6 Feb 2015 to YouTube by Savannah Peterson, Global Community Manager at Shapeways.
Synopsis. “Shapeways has introduced 14k & 18k gold, Rose Gold, and Rhodium Plated. They’re beautiful and I had to show off our launch models in this video!”
UI Partners Offers Web and Tech Consulting for Iowa Small Businesses
UI Partners is a program through the University of Iowa that offers website and technology consulting to Iowa businesses. This page offers some general information about the program. To learn more, visit the UI Partners website or contact UI Partners to get started.
UI Partners was created by the University of Iowa specifically to help small Iowa companies innovate and grow. UI Partners works directly with businesses to solve their information technology (IT) challenges, using practical insights and ideas drawn from University faculty, staff, and students.
UI Partners consults with small businesses throughout Iowa on their IT needs, such as creating websites, managing databases, e-commerce or general tech support, as well as general business planning. This translates into projects that student interns or apprentices could work on, allowing UI students to build their resumes while also connecting with innovative Iowa businesses.
UI Partners is working to create a statewide network of integrated engagement centers to assist small businesses.
To support Iowa’s entrepreneurs, targeted technology training is available through the University of Iowa’s Dev/Iowa programs.
UI Partners provides FREE Technology Needs Assessments for small businesses. Their staff and students work together to find business and technical solutions that help small businesses remain competitive and work more efficiently.
UI Partners can provide leading edge informatics expertise and business training to organizations, startups, and established businesses. The group uses advanced entrepreneurship and business training to help find innovative solutions for your business.
Technology & Business Survey
The UI Partners Business Survey helps gather the essential information about a business to provide the best services possible.
UI Partners has a student employment program to assist college students in obtaining real world technology experience. Students get to work with multiple businesses to assist with IT and business strategy projects. Learn more or Apply Now.
UI Partners offers resources and training to help new and established business thrive with the technology solution that’s developed for their needs.
Innovate & Grow
UI Partners was created by The University of Iowa specifically to help small Iowa companies innovate and grow. They work directly with businesses to solve their information technology (IT) challenges, using practical insights and ideas drawn from University faculty, staff, and students. They are working to create a statewide network of integrated engagement centers to assist small businesses.
Workshops and Events
To support Iowa’s entrepreneurs, targeted technology training is available through the University of Iowa’s Dev/Iowa programs. Training opportunities include guest speakers, weekend workshops, one week programs and the intensive Dev/Iowa Bootcamp. Below is a video from the Dev/Iowa Bootcamp 2014.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amD2rraQwLg]
UI Partners currently has three Engagement Centers located in Iowa City, Council Bluffs, and Sioux City. They plan to open more UI Partners locations across the state of Iowa.
Direction & Leadership
UI Partners is a division of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
2015 Iowa City 3D Technologies Symposium
The 2015 Iowa City 3D Technologies Symposium was an afternoon conference consisting of presentations by University of Iowa and Iowa City community members working with 3D technologies. The event ran from 1:30 to 4:00 PM on February 3, 2015. View the program schedule below for more details.
Video recordings of the event presentations will be posted here when they become available. Visit our contact page to connect with us and be notified when the videos become available.
This year’s event was held in room 2520D of the University Capitol Center. Room 2520D is located on the 2nd floor of the Old Capitol Mall just north of the food court atrium overlook.
A SCIT Sponsored Event
This is part of an ongoing series of events sponsored by the SCIT community at the University of Iowa. The UI Support Community for Instructional Technology (SCIT) seeks to provide a venue for ongoing engagement, communication and collaboration. Learn More…
The 2015 Iowa City 3D Technologies Symposium is an afternoon conference consisting of presentations by University of Iowa and Iowa City community members working with 3D technologies. The event runs from 1:30 to 4:00 PM on February 3, 2015.
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Event Setup
- Early arrivals can enjoy an informal meet and greet.
- Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM, 3D Printing Services at Studio Arts
- Chuck Romans is a 3D Design Graduate in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa. He will be presenting on the 3D Printing Services at Studio Arts, and also sharing about his experiences as a grad student.
- “As a student in the 3D Design Program, I will talk about how I used 3D printing to create the products I have designed in the program, along with my business start-up (3DMad Digital Design) to design and create items for clients.”
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, 3D Printing + Product Design at Studio Arts
- Monica Correia is an Associate Professor of 3D Design and Interim Dimensional Practice Head in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa. She will be presenting on 3D Printing and Product Design.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM, High Resolution 3D Scanning
- Bounnak Thammavong is an engineering and art consultant working in the 3D Design and Manufacturing group at M.C. Ginsberg in Iowa City. Using the CREAFORM Handyscan3D EXAscan, Bounnak will give a 3D scanning demonstration using a face portrait, and one artifact like object.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Autodesk MeshMixer
- Bounnak Thammavong is an engineering and art consultant working in the 3D Design and Manufacturing group at M.C. Ginsberg in Iowa City. Bounnak will give a demonstration of Autodesk MeshMixer.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Iowa City S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab
- Kirk Cheyney of the Iowa City S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab will be presenting about the equipment and future growth for the facility.
Charles Romans – 3D Printing Services
In this video, Charles Romans discusses 3D Printing Services at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. Learn more at:
Neri Oxman – The MIT Mediated Matter Lab and MaterialEcology.com
Neri Oxman Bio. Neri Oxman received her PhD in design computation as a Presidential Fellow at MIT, where she coined the term Material Ecology to describe her research area. Prior to MIT she earned her diploma from the Architectural Association (RIBA 2) after attending the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the Department of Medical Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
About the MIT Mediated Matter Lab. The Mediated Matter group is dedicated to the development and application of novel processes that enable and support the design of physical matter, and its adaptability to environmental conditions. Their research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication. They seek to establish new forms of design and novel processes of material practice at the intersection of computer science, material engineering, design and ecology, with broad applications across multiple scales.
- ArchDaily.com – Articles
- MaterialEcology.com – Neri Oxman Website
- MaterialEcology Blog
- MIT Mediated Matter Group
- MIT Mediated Matter Lab – Neri Oxman Biography
- CreativeApplications.net – “Neri Oxman and Mediated Matter at the MIT Media Lab” (6 May 2012)
- Wikipedia – Neri Oxman page
Neri Oxman: On Designing Form
Video Description. Originally uploaded to YouTube by Poptech on Mar 12, 2010. Architect Neri Oxman is the founder of MATERIALECOLOGY, an interdisciplinary design initiative expanding the boundaries of computational form-generation and material engineering. Named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Oxman investigates the material and performance of nature in an effort to define form itself.