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Apr 29
PreserveIT!
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

In honor of Preservation Week, PreserveIT! brings together experts in the field of preservation to share tips for the collector in all of us. Come hear tips and tricks for taking care of your special collections of paper, photos, objects, media, software and computers.

Interactive Showcases
10 am – 5 pm

cKeys
(Formerly Seattle Mechanical Keyboards)

Integrated Circuit Display
Katherine DeMar-Aldrich
Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Included with Admission ($12) | Free for Members

May 4
Office Hours
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pack up the tools and come on in! Meet up with other hobbyists and the LCM+L team in the Labs at our weekly Office Hours to work on your personal projects. Hardware or software, incomplete or pristine, we welcome projects of all kinds. 

May 4
Movie Night - Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Up until just over 30 years ago, when the desktop computer debuted, the whole design production process would have been done primarily by hand, and with the aide of analog machines. The design and print industries used a variety of ways to get type and image onto film, plates, and finally to the printed page. Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production is a journey through this transformative Mad Men-era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools, and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as we know it today.

RSVP here.

Included with Free Admission (First Thursdays) | Free for Members

May 6
Designing for 3D Printing
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Come create your own 3D designs for one of the fastest growing engineering tools out there—the 3D Printer! In this workshop, students will use TinkerCAD to learn some of the fundamentals of designing good and fast prints out of our army of MakerBots. 

This workshop is suitable for kids 8+ years and up. All tech included—participants should set up a free TinkerCAD account before arriving at the workshop with a personal or parent email.

Register Here
Included with $12 Admisison
Free for Members

May 6
Encore - Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
This encore presentation of Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production will be introduced by director and producer Briar Levit and followed by an audience Q&A.

Up until just over 30 years ago, when the desktop computer debuted, the whole design production process would have been done primarily by hand, and with the aide of analog machines. The design and print industries used a variety of ways to get type and image onto film, plates, and finally to the printed page. Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production is a journey through this transformative Mad Men-era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools, and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as we know it today.

RSVP here.

Included with Admission ($12) | Free for Members
May 10
Breadboarding 101
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Discover how engineers and inventors prototype all their wacky and wild electronics ideas! In this workshop, we'll learn how breadboards work and how to use them to build simple circuits. 

This workshop is suitable for visitors 10 years and up.

Register Here
Included with Admission ($12)
Free for Members 

May 11
LEGO Education: WeDo 2.0
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 robotics is an easy-to-use solution that brings STEM to life for young students while building foundations in engineering and programming. Join Living Computers + LEGO Education for a hands-on session where you can experience working with our models that use motors and sensors to let students explore NGSS and Common Core-aligned science concepts while programming the models to move using the WeDo 2.0 Robotics Programming Software. Participants will gain insight in how to apply and integrate STEM subjects as well as literacy while exploring what WeDo 2.0 has to offer. 

Free for all Educators & Living Computers Teacher Members. For full details and registration, click here.

 

May 12
LEGO Education: EV3 MINDSTORMS
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Expose your students in your classroom to robotics, a proven way to expose students to an application of STEM concepts. This Friday-night session at Living Computers will allow you to learn how LEGO Education MINDSTORMS can get your students excited as they model real-life mechanisms and solve real-world challenges, all while building the critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills that will serve them well for a lifetime.  MINDSTORMS will keep your students engaged while teaching them to apply STEM concepts in a relevant way.  Join us to find all the ways that you can incorporate robotics into your classroom.

Free for all Educators & Living Computers Teacher Members. For full details and registration, click here.

 

May 13
Robot Mini Golf with Jen Fox!
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Design and build a Brush Bot in this fun, tinkering-style workshop for kids 8-10 years! Using common household materials, participants will build a minimalistic lil’ bot to complete a mini-golf style obstacle course. Every workshop is just a little different--beginners and repeat visitors welcome in this workshop all about mechanical design and electronic prototyping. 

Register Here
Included with Admission ($12)
Free for Members 

May 13
Kit Build! - Adafruit's Tri-Layered Robot
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Build, program, and take home a fully functional robot in this 3-hour entry level workshop. Using Adafruit's popular Arduino-based robotics kit, we'll cover the basics of robotics all the way through programming movement to avoid obstacles.  

Space is limited, participants must be 14 years or older. Class will include all tools and LCM+L computers, but personal devices welcome if pre-installed with the latest version of the Arduino IDE (follow instructions here).  

Register here
$80 for Non-Members
$65 for Members

May 18
Office Hours
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pack up the tools and come on in! Meet up with other hobbyists and the LCM+L team in the Labs at our weekly Office Hours to work on your personal projects. Hardware or software, incomplete or pristine, we welcome projects of all kinds. 

May 20
Scratch Retro-Gaming: Space Invaders!
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

In our Scratch Retro-Gaming Workshop series, YOU recreate the 8-bit classics. For our May 20th workshop, boys and girls use MIT's popular free programming platform, Scratch, to write and debug scripts, learn basic coding rules and jargon, and use simple game theory to create one of the most famous arcade games of all time: Space Invaders.

This 2-hour introductory workshop would benefit from a basic understanding of Cartesian Coordinates (x and y). Students 10-15 years are welcome, no experience or technology needed. Interested participants can create their own online Scratch accounts for the workshop here with a personal or parent email.

Register Here
Included with Admission ($12) 
Free for Members

Barbie Gets with the Program
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While it may seem radical to imagine Barbie computing in the ’70s, the computer science field was actually far more gender balanced four decades ago than it is today. Experience the history of gender and computing through the lens of computer playsets from the 1970’s to today. Each is paired with the operable machines that inspired them.

Open April 1, 2017- September 3rd, 2017


 

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From the Garage to the iMac: 1976-1999
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Living Computers: Museum + Labs presents From the Garage to the iMac: 1976-1999, a new exhibition focusing on the first two decades of Apple Computers. Featuring a one-of-a-kind demonstration Apple I that lived on Steve Job’s office shelf until 1985, Living Computers will house the world’s only operable Apple I available for use by the public.

Opening Friday, April 14th.


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LCM+L Minecraft
Do you play Minecraft? Join our server!

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Visit mc.livingcomputers.org to sign up.

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