The Saturday Thing

 

The Saturday Thing is driven by the imagination. It is a place for unstructured learning in a relaxed and supportive environment.  It is an informal community of learners who like to have fun, tinker, and be creative with science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). We never know exactly what we will be doing, but projects and activities of all kinds are encouraged.

The UAF Saturday Thing is primarily geared toward middle and high school ages, but anyone can participate and bring in project ideas. Older kids and adults can act as volunteers, mentors, role models, and elders. Parents must be present if a child is 12 or younger. 

Inspired by Ed Moriarty at the MIT Edgerton Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the UAF Saturday Thing has included a range of projects, such as liquid light, robotics, and stained glass. 

The Saturday Thing is free. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS NOW BEING RUN BY THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND MINES.

For more information, please contact Patrick Dewane (pbdewane@alaska.edu) or Michael Hatfield (mchatfield@alaska.edu).

 

Location: Bunnel Building Room 302
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

SCHEDULE AND TOPICS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS:

1-30-16 , "Microscope Stickers"
Use a silicone polymer to create microscope stickers that can be applied to any camera phone. Results vary, but up to 60x magnification is achievable!

2-13-16 , "Plug-in LED Light!"
Use recycled phone chargers and a wide selection of light-emitting Diodes to learn about fundamentals of electronic circuits and build your own light.

2-27-16 , "Making Gliders"
There are many techniques used for hobby aircraft production, some processes taking weeks. Using some fancy equipment and sneaky tricks, we will try to produce planes in under 2 hours! At the end of the day, you will have some more insight into the balancing act that is flight.

3-12-16 "Infinity Mirrors"
One way mirrors can create weird illusions, especially when combined with LED lights! Create a device that gives the effect of an infinite length hallway.

3-26-16 , "Doodle Bugs"
Create a simple robot that navigates a room, and liberally decorate it with pipe cleaners.

4-9-16 , "National Robotics Week"
Roomba vacuum cleaners have found a purpose outside of cleaning floors! They are awesome educational platforms when it comes to fundamentals of robotics. Learn about sensors and autonomy.
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