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Technology Instruction

Area 49 offers a number of learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and classes. Check them out below!

Go to our Workshops and Events page to register and guarantee your spot for the trainings and workshops. If you haven't registered, feel free to show up for the session, and we'll get you in if space is available.

Trainings

3D Printers

Content: Learn to set your own prints on the 3D printers.
Location: Makerspace, Atkins 223
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to use Cura software to set up your file for printing. 
  • How to set up the 3D printer including change filament colors and adjusting settings.

3D Printing Guide

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Laser Cutter

Content: Learn to cut and engrave materials using the laser cutter.
Location: Makerspace, Atkins 223
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to set up a file in Adobe Illustrator that can be engraved or cut into a list of approved materials. 
  • How to run the laser cutter and adjust setting to work best with your design. 

Laser Cutter Guide

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Carvey CNC Router

Content: Learn to carve materials using the Carvey CNC Router
Location: Makerspace, Atkins 223
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to use Easel Inventables software to set up a file that can be engraved or cut into a list of approved materials. 
  • How to change bits and secure your materials in the Carvey CNC Router. 

Carvey CNC Router Guide

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Visualization Lab

Content: Learn to use the equipment in the Visualization Lab, including the HTC Vive virtual reality system.
Location: Visualization Lab, Atkins 244
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to operate the lights, projectors, Smartboard, and VR headset in the room. 
  • You’ll have a chance to get into the VR headset if you’d like. 

Visualization Lab Guide

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Workshops

Basic Sewing Skills - Beginner Level

Content: Get to know the sewing machine and its functions with hands-on experience.
Location: Makerspace, Atkins 223
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to start sewing on your own.
  • How to thread the machine and fill a bobbin.
  • How to change stitches, needles and the different types.

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Decorative Pillow Cover - Intermediate Level Sewing

Content: Construct a pillow cover to refurbish an old pillow. You should be comfortable with the basics of a sewing machine before attending this workshop.
Location: Makerspace, Atkins 223
Bring with you: Your pillow or its dimensions to ensure accuracy. Some scrap fabric is provided or you may bring your own.
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to measure, cut, and pin your fabric together for sewing.
Upcycle Your Old Jeans - Intermediate Level Sewing

Content: Transform old denim jeans into a stylish new bag. Choose from a variety of bag types including totes, crossbody, fanny packs, and more. The larger the bag, the more pants you’ll need for this project. You should be comfortable with the basics of a sewing machine before attending this workshop.
Location: Makerspace, Atkins 223
Bring with you: Your old jeans
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to follow a pattern for the bag type you choose.
  • How to cut and assemble the pieces of your pattern.

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3D Modeling

Content: Learn how to construct your first design for 3D printing using TinkerCad (a drag-and-drop program).
Location: Makerspace, Atkins 223
Bring with you: Your laptop
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to drag and drop, resize, and combine shapes in TinkerCad. 
  • How to bring in your own image file.
  • Things to consider so your design can work for 3D printing.

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Video Podcast

Content: Learn to create a video podcast in the EZ Video Studio.
Location: EZ Video Studio, Atkins 242
You’ll Learn: 

  • How to use the room’s built-in recording system.
  • How to use Adobe Premiere Pro CC to edit your recording.
DSLR Photography Basics

Content: Learn the basics of DSLR photography.
Location: EZ Video Studio, Atkins 242
Bring with you: Your laptop

Classes

Instructors, if you would like to request an Area 49 session for your class, or even if you would just like to discuss possibilities, please email atkinstechsupport@uncc.edu

We can collaborate to develop workshops and activities that align with your course’s goals and will help your students think about topics in new ways. Possible focal points include:

  • Design thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • The basics of digital scholarship
  • Collaboration
  • Making or Makerspace use
  • Video development
  • Developing unconventional projects

Let us know if you have ideas or if you’d like to start developing something with us!

 

Technology Instruction