We are excited to offer a series of workshops throughout our 2016 Mini Maker Faire. All sessions except for the pre-Faire workshop are open – no registration required. The only limitation may be in the number of seats for hands-on experience; however, additional guests are welcome to sit and follow along. So make plans to attend! Read on for the times, presenters and descriptions for Friday’s sessions.
10:50 am – 12:05 pm – “Intro to Arduino”
Presenter: Ron Dear, Senior Applications Support Analyst for Kent State Information Services
(pre-Faire session; advanced registration required)
Description: This workshop will introduce the basics of getting started with the Arduino microcontroller and the Arduino programming environment. We’ll cover the basics including blinking LEDs and how to determine if a switch is turning on or off.
12:30 – 1:30 pm – “Intro to SketchUp”
Presenter: Tom Mahon, Manager of Information Technology for Kent State Information Services
Description: This workshop will offer an introduction to the SketchUp 3D application with an emphasis on 3D printing.
1:45 – 2:45 pm – “3D Printing: Design to Fabrication”
Presenter: Brian Peters, Assistant Professor from Kent State’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design
Description: This workshop will introduce participants to the process of going from a digital model to a physical 3D print. We will be utilizing Rhinoceros 5.0 to create a digital model and then exporting that file to a slicing program to prepare it for fabrication.
3:00 – 4:00 pm – “Cracking Wireless Networks using Kali Linux”
(Bring your own laptop or follow along)
Presenter: Trevor Watkins, Assistant Professor and Science Librarian for Kent State University Libraries
Description: The best defense in some cases is a really good offense. Knowing how to perform the same attacks as the bad guys (crackers) allow you to better secure against these attacks. In this workshop, I introduce Kali Linux and Backbox Linux, two operating systems used for ethical hacking. We will use Kali Linux tools to crack a wireless network. I will then discuss appropriate actions to prevent such an attack. Participants should bring their own laptops to follow along with the demonstration.
The interest in presenting this year came in great numbers. Thank you to all who applied to present!