ocMaker Challenge

Design Thinking Workshop - (Currently on Waitlist) 

October 3, 2017

4:00 - 7:00 PM​

The ocMaker Challenge is inviting you to join in a three hour Design Thinking Workshop where you will get a crash course in Design Thinking that will enhance the delivery of the ocMaker Challenge in your classes.  

The Workshop.
During the three hour workshop you will gain an understanding of the principles of Design Thinking, learn about the process as well as methods and tools to analyze user needs, prototyping, and generating ideas. 

The Goals.
The workshop focuses on a tangible learning process. Using the Design Thinking process to solve a practical challenge, you will see how: instant feedback, iteration, fast−forward problem solving, user−centered perspective−taking, and interdisciplinary teamwork can jump-start the idea generating process in your classroom.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Orange County Department of Education, Building B|Active Learning Spaces from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.


Fall 2017 - Arduino Trainings

Beginning Training: Intro to Arduino and Physical Computing (EEE201)

Tuesday, October 24,  2017  (4:00 -7:00 PM)
Tuesday, November 7,  2017 (4:00 -7:00 PM)

Your first step into the Arduino universe of physical computing. You will build circuits to light an LED and control it with a switch and a potentiometer (an analog input device).  You will learn how to use the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to modify Arduino sketches.

Intermediate Training: Arduino Master & Commander – Basic Coding (EEE202)

Tuesday,  November 14, 2017 (4:00 -7:00 PM)

Take control of your Arduino. You have learned how to connect your Arduino to input and output devices,   now take full control of them. You will learn the mystic secrets of the IDE, how sketches are organized, and basic types of variables.  How your code can make decisions and repeat operations a controlled number of times

Advanced Training: Arduino and Physical Computing – Advanced (EEE203)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (4:00 -7:00 PM)

Building on courses 201 and 202, this course will demonstrate how to control the intensity of an output like an LED using Pulse Wave Modulation (PWM). You will combine PWM with Analog input to create a user controlled output and make square music via user input.  Demonstrate 3 sensors: Photo cell – response to light, IR proximity detector – detects objects near it, digital rotary sensor – a very useful user input also used in robots and other motion applications. Servos servos!  You can’t build a decent Killbot without servos to move it.