How to think[box]

How-to-think[box] is a series of classes or workshops that embrace the spirit of think[box] and cover different areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and making. They are open to all who are interested. Please register below.


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Examples of past classes offered:

BEHIND THE DIY: How interfacing with sensors and motors works (1 hour)
Learning how the interfaces between sensors/motors and computers work will give you more insight into you next DIY project.  Connecting wires between components can only get you so far, but knowing what is happening in those wires can help you troubleshoot issues and build more complex projects.  In this class, participants will learn how an arduino communicates with a variety of sensors and motors both at the code level and the circuit level. No prior knowledge needed. All ages welcome.

Participants will learn the basics of SOLIDWORKS to design products with an emphasis on easy modular design and maneuverability. No previous experience required.

GROUP DYNAMICS: English majors, Engineering majors, Artists...what??!! (1 hour)
Project success or failure can oftentimes be traced back to the strength or weakness of the team.  What do we know about group dynamics and team management that can help projects run more smoothly?  This class will share not only the research behind what makes teams succeed, but also practical strategies for how to start a team, manage a team, and enjoy a team.

It has been said that every visionary needs a COO, a Chief Operating Officer. How do you take ideas and dreams and move them forward? In this class participants learn strategies and tools that will put those big ideas in motion. Ideas may be about a societal need you wish to solve, a project you wish to make, or a bucket-list item that has been staring at you for years. Ideas will be work-shopped, so bring them along. 

Joe Jankowski, CWRU Chief Innovation Officer, provides an overview of everything Case has to offer in terms of research, innovation and entrepreneurship support. In addition, Dr. Jankowski is available for open office hours immediately following the class.

Human Centered Design is a problem solving process that anyone can use to solve the increasingly thorny problems that we face as humans in the 21st century. By combining a people-first approach with a bias towards action and iteration, the Human Centered Design process empowers people to get to the core of any problem and create a solution that actually matters. Join us for an action packed workshop to better understand the six simple steps to this process and how it can fit into your life! Taught by DFA.

FASTENERS and ADHESIVES - Or, Knowing How to Stick It (90 min)
The fabrication or assembly of almost anything requires the joining of one or more materials. There are countless ways of fastening, connecting, clipping, securing, mating, sticking and otherwise attaching one item to another. This class will review the basic approaches to fastening, and include threaded fasteners, rivets and other deformation-based approaches, adhesives and tapes, and snaps.  Encapsulation and sealing will also be discussed. Those interested in mechanical design, electronic packaging, art projects, or crafts should find this course of value. And, yes, if will be riveting and gripping.

LEARN TO SOLDER with EMG (1 hour)
Soldering is a fundamental "Maker" skill that allows you to connect electrical components together. In this workshop, participants will learn to solder using a special "EMG" circuit. EMG stands for Electromyography, which is the science of measuring muscle neuron activity. You can call it a “muscle sensor.” Participants can rubber-band this sensor to an arm and see LED lights glow as they flex their muscles. Sponsored by Bird Technologies, The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at CWRU, Blackstone Launchpad at CWRU, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and Case Western Reserve University.

HOW TO think[box] EMBROIDERY MACHINE (30 minutes)
Like to personalize your stuff? This short introduction will provide you with a basic understanding of how the machine works. 

HOW TO think[box] VINYL CUTTER (30 minutes)
A vinyl cutter is an easy to use, versatile machine capable of quickly producing custom vinyl signs, stencils, logos, or decals. This short class is meant to be a resource for anyone looking to use the vinyl cutter for the first time.

HOW TO think[box] LASER CUTTER (30 minutes)
The laser cutter is one of the most popular machines in think[box]. This short class is meant to be a resource for anyone looking to use the laser cutter for the first time.

HOW TO think[box] MAKERBOT (30 minutes)
The MakerBot is a desktop 3D printer that is inexpensive and easy to use. This short class is meant to be a resource for anyone looking to use the MakerBot for the first time. Learn how to purchase materials from think[box] or how to use your own. 

HOW TO think[box] TOUR (25 minutes)
Still have not been to think[box]? Schedule a tour here! A general introduction to think[box] that covers topics such as the scale, scope, access and future of think[box]. All ages welcome.

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