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Michael Wienen

Educator, Mentors & Makers in College Station

Robots: A Step in the Evolution of "Design with Purpose"

PRESENTED ON SEP 29, 2015
IN BRYAN @ VOL 4

Michael Wienen states that, as an adjective, robotic has come to describe mundane repetition of actions completely void of creative thought. It's ironic that robots, actual robots, have inspired thousands of local youth to dive into the waters of creativity...swimming deeply and coming back for more. High-tech robotics programs have proven themselves locally as an effective educational lure. We'll see how "high technology" accounts for less of the lure than we thought and how applied creativity is the real reward these students are drawn to. This hypothesis is spawning a new generation of local educational programming.

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An Army of Loving Robots

BY MATTHEW DEL DEGAN
@ VOL 25 ON SEP 20, 2013

Mathew Del Degan likes making things that make people smile. After the success of his initial robot, Mathew decided to make an army of robots to find the love in Toronto and inspire more people to do kind things. He made them out of concrete and spread them around the city. Every robot he made has a story of love and kindness connected to the number on its back.

"Presentation of the Day" on November 26, 2013.

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Evolution of Process and Design

BY RON SEMEL
@ ARCHEX PECHAKUCHA SESSION ON NOV 07, 2013

Ron Semel has a simple rationale for integrating process and design: if it doesn't break, you don't know what to fix. He starts off with the evolution of motocross, wanders through architectural design, and ends up at robotics. Even the design of his presentation seems to have a process to it!

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The Evolution of Things

BY YAVUZ YILMAZ
@ VOL 4 ON FEB 27, 2014

Yavuz Yılmaz presents a quick review of the evolution of smart things. He discusses the evolution of smartphones, tablets, apps, and wearables, and explains some of his progressive projects. (In German)

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動作拡大型スーツ スケルトニクス

BY REYES TATSURU SHIROKU
@ VOL 118 ON OCT 29, 2014

ロボットを装着して自分の体を拡大できたら!?-- 小さな頃の夢をかなえるため会社を起こした白久さんが語る、歴代スケルトニクスの進化!

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Monsters, Robots and Flying Tanks

BY TOMMY YOUNG
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 20, 2016

Tommy Young tells us a story of how a bunch of baby guerillas (sly & stealthy) failed to launch, and somehow turned into baby gorillas (cute & huggable) while working on revitalization of Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento. 

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KnowHow / Youth Programs at the Intersection of Creativity and Critical Thinking

BY ELIZABETH WRIGHT
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Elizabeth Wright presents "KnowHow" a local community organization that builds youth leadership and community engagement through the arts. KnowHow youth work at the intersection of creativity and critical thinking to engage with their communities, develop solutions to issues that affect their lives, and build vital life skills. Tonight, KnowHow adult allies  will share the inspiration and design behind this work, information about their many programs, and their dreams for the future of their organization and our city. 

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From Robots to Realness

BY ZIPHO SIKHAKHANE
@ VOL 16 ON MAY 25, 2017

Zipho Sikhakhane presented on how we act as robots as a human race. It is down to us to change and she gave us ideas on how we can transform ourselves from working to hard, stress levels are high and how we can change how we live our lives. How she invited us to join her Non-Conformity Movement and make a better race

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Robots Are Eating The World, And That’s a Good Thing

BY FRANK RAMEY
@ VOL 26 ON FEB 08, 2018

Frank Ramey is obsessed with automating as much of life as he can. He believes that more people should embrace automation of the mundane so that they can focus on what they enjoy doing. Frank shows one simple way to automate the hassle of having to remember sending out birthday cards. Zero code with free to use tools available to anyone. 

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Making: Shitty Robots

BY BEAU MARTIN
@ VOL 36 ON AUG 26, 2018

Beaut Martin shares about a pretty cool robot and a hysterical story of two kids racing against the world to present their idea and vision.