Summer 2015 Apprenticeships!!

ATTENTION MOUSE CORPS!

As we get confirmations on Apprenticeship opportunities, we will post applications & descriptions here. You can apply to all of them, or one or none! Applications are due by Wednesday June 10th.

ROKO Labs: 1 Apprenticeship, July 6th – August 14th (Full time!)

Click here to learn more and to fill out the Application

Being a tech startup, every day is an adventure but we have the benefit of having some amazing clients at our mobile strategy and development consultancy – our clients include a few Fortune 500 companies (NYSE, CNBC), some international companies (Macquarie, Tullet Prebon), and other startups (Snaps!, BoxSmart, BrightWire) and are signing up new clients each month. I just know that there is so much a MOUSE Corps Apprentice can add to our organization as we push to grow our organization, and hopefully we can help the next generation of entrepreneurs dream even bigger! Bonus: your mentor would be the Board Chair of MOUSE!

DoITT: 1 Apprenticeship, July 6th – August 14th (Full time!)

Click here to learn more and to Apply

DoITT is a Technology Agency with the City of New York. We take pride in our work and belief that our agency is in the business of helping New Yorkers everyday. It is a delight that we are able to offer an internship to students who are our future. Internship programs are a learning experience for both the Mentee and Mentor.

 

Storefront Science: 3 Apprenticeships, July 27th – August 14th (12 Days total) 9-4pm

Click here to learn more and to Apply

Storefront Science is an education center that engages children through inquiry and exploration. This summer, they are looking for two creative, tech-savvy apprentices help run a 3 weeks of science and technology summer camp. Apprentices will work as co-teachers and mentors sharing ideas, helping students, leading activities in subjects like Tinkering and Lego Robotics, and taking photos and videos. Students may also help with managing the technology that it takes to run a small business!

WNET: 1 Apprenticeships, July 6th – August 14th (24 Days total)

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WNET is New York’s flagship public media provider, who produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series asNature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Roseand a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. We are seeking an apprentice to work in our production department, behind the scenes.

Elia Life: 3-6 Apprenticeships, July 6th – August 14th, 3 days a week.

Click here to learn more and to Apply

Elia Life is a very unique start up working on developing language tools for the blind and visually impaired. We are looking for an apprentice to engage our social media efforts, product testing, game development ideas, and for general office operations (file management, printing, literature searches of scientific and engineering publications).

Dazzling Discoveries: 3+ Apprenticeships, July 6th – August 14th or more (Full time)

Click here to learn more and to Apply

We do a wide range of engineering, science and technology activities with elementary school age children. We offer a great opportunity for high school students to teach younger students and learn for themselves as well. Help run summer camps with projects in robotics, arduino, 3D printing etc!

 

EDC Center for Children & Technology (CCT) 2 Apprenticeships, July 6th – August 14th 2 days a week!

Click here to learn more and to ApplyEDC_logo

EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC is committed to education that builds knowledge and skill, makes possible a deeper understanding of the world, and engages learners as active, problem-solving participants. While the issues we address are diverse, all that we do is united by our conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development. This is a research apprenticeship for the  Center for Children and Technology.

The Final Product: Super Saiyan Scientists

PROJECT NAME: Game-Ability

+ An easy to use controller for people with limited mobility.

DESIGN TEAM: Super Saiyan Scientists: Jaquan Lacy, Julian Quinonez, Jose Gonzalez, Zaheer Coovadia, Amanda PeralesKelvin Yu

BLUEPRINT:

joystick numbers

  1. 3D Printed top for joystick
  2. Joystick
  3. PCB
  4. 3D Printed Arduino box
  5. Arduino
  6. Jumper wires

joystick box numbers

1) The Arduino Joystick box

2) Lid for Arduino Leonardo Box

PARTS LIST: (FINAL LIST OF MATERIALS USED WITH MEASUREMENTS)

  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
  • Jumper wires

IMPLEMENTATION TUTORIAL: (STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BUILD YOUR FINAL PROTOTYPE! INCLUDE CODE, PHOTOS (IF APPLICABLE) ETC)

  • : Acquire an arduino, breadboard, jumper wires and joystick/printed circuit board (pcb)

  • : Follow these steps to connecting the wires to the arduino to the breadboard to the joystick

//Setting up the joystick and arduino
1) Gather jumper wires, arduino leonardo, breadboard and a joystick
2) Connect a wire to the ground (GND) port of the Arduino Leondardo to a pin on the ground rail of the breadboard
3) Connect a wire from the power rail of the breadboard to the 5V port on the Arduino leonardo
4)Connect a wire from row 58 and row 59 to A-1 and A-0 respectively on the arduino
5) Connect a jumper wire from the ground rail of the breadboard (be sure it’s along the same column as the wire you already attached to the ground rail) to row 56
6) Connect a jumper wire from the power rail of the breadboard (same column as the wire already connecting the power rail to the 5V port on the arduino) to row 60 of the breadboard
7) Connect a wire from the VCC port on the joystick to row 60 on the breadboard
8) Connect a wire from the Vertical port (VERT) on the joystick to row 59 (Joystick)
9) Connect a wire from the Horizontal port (Horz) on the joystick to row 58 (Joystick)
10) Connect a wire from the (SEL) port on the joystick to row 57 (Joystick)
11) Connect a wire from the (GND) port on the joystick to row 56 (Joystick)
  • : 3d print the chassis/arduino leonardo box, box lid, joystick holder and joystick extension

  • : Place Arduino Leonardo into the box bottom, close it up with the box lid. Slide joystick in long way into the joystick holder and attach the joystick extension on top of the joystick.

  1. :Plug arduino into your personal computer and upload code.

Ideas for the future/improving things?

In the future the Super Saiyan Scientist would like to create a video game made specifically for GAME ABILITY, We would also like to create a different variety of  controllers that could be used for people who have disabilities in different parts of their bodies.

EMBED VIDEO DEMO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFHXrjyieC4

How-To: Make Your Own Artillo! (Mind-Controlling Cats Final Post)

PROJECT NAME: Artillo

A pillow shaped device designed to make digital art more accessible.

+ DESIGN TEAMMind-Controlling Cats

  • Christina Lafontaine – Tech Mentor
  • Omar Nasr – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Carlos Cruz – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Aayman Abdellatif – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Seleste Estrada Orrego – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Mickell Ford – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Navisha Dhanda – MOUSE Corps Member

+ BLUEPRINT:

IMG_1702 IMG_1642

+ PARTS LIST:

Hardware

  • Blue and Orange Fleece (or whatever colors you wish to substitute)
  • Stuffing Cotton
  • Stitch-Witchery (and a Steam Iron to apply it)
  • Thin Metal Wire
  • Sowing Needle and Thread
  • Arduino
  • 24 wires
  • 3 Pressure Sensors
  • Soldering Iron
  • Zipper

Software

  • Firmata Library
  • Processing
  • Arduino

+ IMPLEMENTATION TUTORIAL:

STEP 1:

With the Blue Fleece, cut out 2 pieces with a shape similar to the image below:

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The correct measurements will most likely be found through trial and error. If using a scaled version of this image, make sure to use the outermost border.

STEP 2:

Place one of the U-shaped fleece pieces flat on a iron-resistant surface.  Then, put pieces of Stitch-Witchery along the border of the fleece except for a small space along the border, which will be used to stuff the pillow.  Next, align the second U-shaped fleece piece on top of the first. Follow the instructions on the box of Stitch-Witchery to apply it.  Alternatively, these pieces can be sown by hand along the border.  If this is done, again, ensure that part of the fleece is left unsown to allow for stuffing.

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STEP 3:

With the newly sown piece, bend the metal wire so that it runs along the very edge.  Next, hand sow the wire onto the fleece. Then, set aside the fleece.

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STEP 4:

For setting up the Arduino, refer to the SIK Guide, linked below:

http://cdn.sparkfun.com/datasheets/Kits/SFE03-0012-SIK.Guide-300dpi-01.pdf

Circuit #10 is the set up you should use for the 3 sensors.

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STEP 5:

The code used for the Artillo is in the Google Document linked below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YJqSw_yJljPbucp8zhkKvhZ7gRXuLxaKnntoIP743-Y/edit?usp=sharing

STEP 6:

Once the Arduino is set up and the code is uploaded onto it, turn the U-shaped joint fleece piece inside out, through the gap in the stitch left from earlier.  Then, fix one of the sensors into the inner left (or right, if the gap is closer to the left).  Stuff the pillow halfway, while holding the sensor in place (use the template from earlier to place the sensors, place them around where the orange lines are drawn).  Next, fix the Arduino and the 2nd sensor in the middle, and continue stuffing until the second orange line (from the template).  Fix the sensor onto that point, then finish stuffing.

STEP 7:

Sow on the zipper onto the gap.

STEP 8:

The main body is finished! Complete the aesthetics using the Orange (or other color fleece) to decorate.

+ FUTURE STEPS:

  • Separate attachable pillows that would allow for more customization with sensor placement
  • Additional sensors to allow for more settings to be adjusted
  • Integration with more complex and preexisting digital art programs (such as Art Rage)

+ VIDEO DEMO:

TBA!

Process to making Shoe-Levator

PROJECT NAME: SHOE-LEVATOR

Assistive tech that helps people put on their shoes with ease.

DESIGN TEAM: Time Traveling Hemingways

Eugene Dorokhin, Isabela Caetano, Zacharry Georges, Sarah Nasr, and Abraham Makhdoomi

BLUEPRINT:IMG_0042

Draw & embed a blueprint of your final prototype, show it from multiple angles, and clearly label all of the parts (the parts list below is a numbered list – you could use those numbers in your blueprint

PARTS LIST:

2 pieces of wood 12.25” x 10” x .75”

2 pieces of wood 7” x 10” x .75”

2 pieces of wood 7” x 12.5” x .75”

hinges

linear actuator

nails

wood glue

multiple wires of varying lengths

solder

electrical tape

3D printed parts (remote control)

velcro

Early Prototype

Early Prototype

IMPLEMENTATION TUTORIAL: (STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BUILD YOUR FINAL PROTOTYPE! INCLUDE CODE, PHOTOS (IF APPLICABLE) ETC)

STEP 1: Begin by putting together a box from the given wood except one of the large 12.25” x 10” x .75” pieces.

STEP 2: Attach hinges and then the final piece of wood to the hinges so that the box closes completely

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STEP 3: Construct wire system such that actuator goes both in and out based on a remote control

STEP 4: Drill hole into box and have wires leading to remote control going out for user control

STEP 5: Velcro the actuator to the side opposite of the hinges such that it lifts the lid between a 20 and 60 degree angle. Use blocks of either plastic or any available material to lift the actuator from the bottom of the box to attain this angle.

STEP 6: Apply grip tape to the top of the lid in order to prevent the shoe from sliding off from when at a steep angle.

IMG_0264

Possible improvements:

If possible we would like to improve the system to account for more types of shoe than the basic sneaker. We would make the control wireless so that the user is less constricted by it and we would make the box foldable so that it would not take up as much space.

Joy To The Key FINAL DESIGN 

PROJECT NAME: Joy to the Key

Joy to the key is a one-handed joystick, with a team made virtual keyboard to help those with limited mobility

DESIGN TEAM: Aqua-Blue Phoenix

BLUEPRINT:

20150407_172854 20150414_173809

20150512_17531420150512_175406

PARTS LIST:

IMPLEMENTATION TUTORIAL: (STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BUILD YOUR FINAL PROTOTYPE! INCLUDE CODE, PHOTOS (IF APPLICABLE) ETC)

  1. Acquire a MadCatz V1 Flight joystick and install all requisite drivers and components
    1. http://www.amazon.com/Mad-Catz-V-1-Stick-PC/dp/B001MGNWDI
  2. Download the settings file used for Joy to the Key
    1. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B41UuDlAxJitQ1Q5c1JiOFZtZFk/view?usp=sharing
  3. With the code for the on-screen keyboard, compile a .swf file.
    1. SWF File
    2. Code
  4. Run both the on-screen keyboard and the Joystick
  5. Continue onwards.

Ideas for the future/improving things?

Video

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1z3bmoEAqcRazJrbFB5UDJVckU/preview

TEMPLATE: FINAL DESIGN DOCUMENT

PROJECT NAME:

+ One sentence description

DESIGN TEAM: team name and individual names

BLUEPRINT:

Draw & embed a blueprint of your final prototype, show it from multiple angles, and clearly label all of the parts (the parts list below is a numbered list – you could use those numbers in your blueprint

PARTS LIST: (final list of materials used with measurements)

IMPLEMENTATION TUTORIAL: (step by step instructions on how to build your final prototype! Include code, photos (if applicable) etc)

STEP 1:

STEP 2:

STEP 3:

Ideas for the future/improving thins?

EMBED VIDEO DEMO!

Super Saiyan Scientists Blog Post for FINAL PROTOTYPING MEETING DUN DUN DUNNNNNN

Feedback from Paul:

  • Blue attachment is too heavy for joystick piece try using just the stress ball
  • Make attachment half the size of the one we have
  • Red nose/ stress ball attachment works as joystick attachment
  • Add button to joystick design possibly make use of button function already in joystick
  • Cube Design is inconvenient so use button on one surface
  • Buttons and surface on cube are too big
  • Fix box for joystick add wings with screw holes so it can slide into to something to attach to chair
  • Add part to box that will allow us to click in another part to make box surround joystick
  • Make buttons for button based controller out of moldable plastic

Name Ideas

  • Motion in Joy
  • Play Parade ****
  • Controller Party
  • Game-Able ****
  • Play-Able
  • Game-Ability******(Final Decision!!!!!)
  • Gamer Party
  • Game Party
  • Broad-Gamer
  • Spectrum Gamer
  • The All Embracing Controller ***

Today we split off into relatively two groups, one group was working on name ideas and getting feedback on our current ideas.  Jaquan was working on the box base for the joystick. Kelvin and Zaheer were working on describing the process of connecting the joystick to the breadboard to the arduino and uploading it to GitHub.

Link to GitHub Page https://github.com/SuperSaiyanScientists/Joystick

Test image

Materials needed: http://www.amazon.com/InstaMorph-Moldable-Plastic-12-oz/dp/B003QKLJKQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1431461499&sr=1-1&keywords=moldable+plastic