Inclusive Design & Digital Futures Grad Students win Pueblo Science Hackathon

Hackathon for Science Education
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 3:45pm

The challenge for the ‘Hackathon for Science Education’ run by Pueblo Science was to create a robotics-based science activity kit for high school students in Guyana. Here is the link for more information regarding the event:

"The event brought together 50 innovative students with scientists, engineers and educators as mentors. The students and mentors worked to create kits that will teach aspects of robotics to high school students in low-resource communities around the world. The projects were presented in front of an expert judging panel on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019."

Grad Students Yasaman Rohanifar (Masters in Computer Science (UofT), Omid Ettehadi (Masters in Digital Futures (OCAD), Nahin Shah (Masters in Inclusive Design(OCAD), and Erman Akyol (Masters in Inclusive Design (OCAD), designed a 3-day curriculum for the teachers in Guyana. The first session will teach the students the basic concepts of programming (flowcharts and algorithms, loops, and if statements), for the second day, tasks will be given to assemble the robot (by providing a pre-made PCB), and experiment with some pre-written functions in the Arduino IDE with the option to write codes themselves; program the micro-processor and see what their program does with the robot.


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Michael Page

Michael Page has been involved in research in the field of holography and 3D visualization for 30 years.

He teaches advanced 3D techniques including XR at OCAD U. He also team-teaches a course in 3D visualization and Holography at the University of Toronto, Victoria College.

He has exhibited his artworks, and presented invited papers at numerous conferences on art and technology, around the world.

SUMO Robot Challenge

Sumo Robot Challenge
Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 3:30pm to 9:00pm

This annual event features homemade robots in a variety of competitions: tug of war, dancer/painter, autonomous and full out, head to head combat! Long before robot wars and other similar robotic events that are commonplace today, the SUMO Robot Challenge features OCAD artists, designers, local high school students and the general public pitted against each other in competitions that push the limits of their imaginations, electronic, mechanical and fabrication skills. Begun in 1992, the SUMO Robot Challenge is an adrenalin-packed event that is not to be missed! Open to the OCAD community and the general public. All proceeds raised from the event go towards scholarships for OCAD students.

Please click on the link below for information on participating or attending.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
$5 for non-contestants, $2 for students

Dorkbot, with Stan Krzyzanowski

Stan Krzyzanowski
Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 11:00pm

Dorkbot will be resuming Thursday, 4 Oct, 7:00 pm, at Interaccess, with what should be a very interesting set of work that examins natural/artifical, and urban/rural distinctions.
Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir (NYC) will be presenting their EcoArtTech ( project; Stan Krzyzanowski will present his Pine Cone Oscillator and Interval, his archive of work, and Patricia Rodriguez will be presenting her non-standard video work that examines urban and suburban spaces.

Venue & Address: 
Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Fight or fight, 2013

Fight or fight, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche commissioned project by alumnus Peter Flemming

Can machines fight for what they want? Are water and electricity really such a bad mix? Fight or fight is a kinetic artwork that responds to these questions. The mechanical performers of Fight or fight are imbued with a desire to compete. Above all, they desire the prize.

In an automated tug of war played out in the arena of the artificial pond outside of Roy Thomson Hall, animated fishing rods battle over their quarry. The ‘fish' is a driver-less full size canoe, pulled helplessly to and fro by its pursuers. The hunters are patient, moving slowly, almost leisurely, biding their time... for the right moment... until their prey, exhausted, submits.

The rules of this game are indeterminate, yet these mechanized competitors stubbornly insist on playing simply because they know no other way. It is not altogether clear who wins, how or when, or whether there can even be a victor.

Peter Flemming is a folk machinery artist who creates electronics handcrafted ‘by ear.’ Recent works are situational kinetic sound installations about resonance, with electromagnetically activated materials, mechanical performers and makeshift amplification devices. Past work has included solar powered lazy machines and hypnotically repetitive automata. He has exhibited extensively internationally and been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies. Currently he lives and works in Montréal.

Fight or fight, 2013




Venue & Address: 
Roy Thomson Hall pond 219 King Street West Toronto, Ontario