Month: April 2014

Wes Modes at the Tech Museum with his OpenLab Spastic Robots

Open Make @ The Tech

Meet Makers Doing Innovative Things with Circuits and Electrical Flow!

Open Make @ The Tech: Flow

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Flow Maker Showcase 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
The Tech Studio and lower level
Free with museum admission
First come, first served

Featured Flow Maker Innovations and Programs:

  • The Grid: Experiment with a massive gaming platform created by Young Makers for Flow Free and other games.
  • LightUp: Meet LightUp founders and play with their electronic building blocks and virtual reality tutor to “see” the electricity flowing through your circuits.
  • STEAM Dojo: Make conductive paper planes with Makers from Benesse and AgIC.
  • Anthrolume: Interact with this programmable light suit that responds to sound.
  • OpenLab Spastic Robots: Tear into consumer electronics and repurpose the parts for making with OpenLab Maker, Wes Modes. Create robots, kinetic art, and DIY toys from the cast-offs of consumer society..
  • Electropocalypse: Help Tesla save the world in this app created to teach the basics of electricity, and meet the game developer.
  • Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories: Make circuit-based connections with help from everyone’s favorite mad scientists.
  • 21st Century Notebooking: Explore paper circuitry with Makers from NEXMAP and MIT Media Lab High-Low Tech.
  • Google Glass: Meet Glass Explorers and try out Glass, the ultimate tool for Makers that allows you to document while you make without stopping your creative flow.
  • The Tech’s Flow Favorites: We will also feature Switch It Up! with Maker Corps members, Arduino Workshops with Makers from The Tech, MIDI MusicBox Hands-On Science Workshop, and our new REBOOT:music exhibition.

Learn more about featured innovations and programs.

Meet the Makers 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A select group of Makers will take the stage to share their innovations and passions for making with electrical flow. A Q&A session moderated by Rick Schertle, Make Magazine contributor, will follow. Learn more.

*Makers in Meet the Makers talks will showcase until 12:00 p.m.

Young Makers Plussing Session 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
An opportunity for registered Young Makers working on a project for Maker Faire on Saturday & Sunday, May 17 – 18, to share their progress with other participants. The Tech will be at Maker Faire again this year. We will be working on our project too!

If you have questions regarding Open Make @ The Tech: Flow, please contact The Tech at
1-408-294-8324 or email

We really hope you can get into the flow with us this Saturday!



The Grid at World Maker Faire in New York

The next iteration of Switch It Up! from Makerspace @ The Tech

Maker Bryan Ressler in his interactive Anthrolume light suit
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UCSC receives NEA grant for art/science project on ocean ecology

April 23, 2014

By Scott Rappaport 

UC Santa Cruz has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support Blue Trail: Imagination and Innovation for Ocean Sustainabilitya series of interactive visual and sonic art installations that will be spread out across the San Francisco waterfront.

The campus is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an Art Works grant from the NEA. Art Works grants support the creation of art that “meets the highest standards of excellence,” including public engagement.

Blue Trail is a collaboration between UC Santa Cruz associate art professor Jennifer Parker, founding director of UCSCs art-science research center OpenLab, and Lisa Zimmerman, founder of the San Francisco-based placemaking consulting firm, 7Story. The project will employ innovative art and technology to create immersive interactive art works about ocean ecology.

Blue Trail began in 2012 when a jury of professionals in art, science, design, and technology selected a series of art works for the project from a group of 30 proposals submitted by curator Laura Cassidy RogersFunds from the Art Works grant will be used to develop Blue Trail workshops and exhibitions, a smart phone app, website, and the inaugural project, Oceanic Scales.

Oceanic Scales—which will be installed on the embarcadero, one of San Francisco’s leading tourist attractions–will enable visitors to explore their role in maintaining a balanced ocean ecology through multi-sensory, interactive games inspired by the microorganisms of the sea.

“The NEA is pleased to announce that the University of California, Santa Cruz, is recommended for an Art Works grant,” said NEA acting chairman Joan Shigekawa. “These NEA-supported projects not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

UCSC Arts Dean David Yager noted, “These funds will further our commitment to increasing public awareness of environmental sustainability through participation and engagement in arts research.Associate professor Jennifer Parker’s work is perfectly situated for this grant, as her collaborative art-science center, OpenLab, is committed to interdisciplinary research.”

“The grant is also an excellent opportunity to springboard the interdisciplinary work of our faculty and the launch of our Institute of the Arts and Sciences,” Yager added.

The Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz offers creative and critical studies of art and culture at the undergraduate and graduate level. At UCSC, instruction in the arts is designed to inspire and develop the capacity for individual and collaborative creative inquiry, analysis, and action–within and beyond the university. The faculty includes artists, historians, critics, performers, and theorists working across the arts in a global context.


Bloom Santa Cruz Art/Light/Sound/Performance



“Bloom Santa Cruz”, an evening of Art, Light, Sound, Performance & Community

Lighthouse Point / the Abbot Lighthouse on Saturday, April 19th from 6 to 11pm.

This event highlights the relationships between fresh water and ocean ecosystems with an emphasis on sustainability, through a variety of Art & Science collaborations. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Arts commission and the UCSC Art Department. Solar power for all art and technology is being provided by Sandbar Solar.

This event is free and open to all ages.  For more info please visit: