Digital Culture
Summer Institute

June 11-29th, 2018

9am to 5pm
ASU Tempe Campus

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Join faculty and graduate students from ASU’s Digital Culture program to engage your artistic and technical sides in a series of short, project-focused courses. Topics include code for games, design thinking, autonomous vehicles, video editing, augmented reality, digital sound design, 3d modeling, beat making, digital fabrication, animation, and more - see our schedule for this summer’s complete list! Our program seeks to spark your creativity while integrating arts, science and engineering. We keep the student-to-staff ratio low, which means lots of opportunities for individualized attention, mentorship and guidance on your projects. Access to state-of-the-art technology like new computers with professional media software and a fully equipped fabrication lab makes this unique camp a great experience for future makers, artists, designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

Summer 16 Music Class
Summer 17 Musical Robots

The Digital Culture Summer Institute is organized into three independent weeks of courses, with a track for High School (grades 10-12) students and Junior High (grades 7-9) students. Each week students select 3 of the courses being offered. Class size is limited and enrollment will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Cost

The Summer Institute is open to students entering grades 7-12, and just-graduated seniors. There is a registration tuition fee of $300 per week. This fee includes instruction and all material costs.

High School Schedule

June 11th-15th

8:30am

Drop off window

9:00am

Morning welcome

9:30am

Code for Games 2D
Learn how to code. We will write programs for 2D games, using the C# programming language and the Unity game development engine. Learn Unity, an industry standard and free-for-students game development tool and use it to create your own game. Use the Unity editor to add assets like images and sounds to a 2D game. Write code in C# to add logic and special effects to the game. No previous game or programming experience is required.

Intro to Design Thinking
Design is a critical skill for engineers, artists, scientists, architects, and many other 21 st -century careers. Learn how designers approach problems, brainstorm possibilities, rapidly prototype, and iterate on their creations to arrive at innovative solutions. By the end of the course, students will have designed, refined, and presented a solution to a real-world problem.

How Can Computers Think?
Ever wondered how a computer picks its Netflix recommendations for you? How it can tag all your friends in your Facebook photos? Why can it do all these things, but still can't autocorrect your texts properly (especially when you text your parents!). In this course, we use digital media examples to show the difference between a computer computing, and a computer "thinking", and show how computers can be intelligent, smart, savvy, and super fast, and what artificial intelligence (AI) really means. **This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated; subtopics will change weekly.

11:30am

Lunch

12:30pm

Musical Trash: Prototyping Experimental Musical Instruments
Inventors, makers, and artists can harness the power of the circuit to make new musical instruments, interactive paintings and sculptures, or anything else you can dream up. Explore basic circuits and conductivity and promote sustainability by rethinking reusing and recycling. No electronics, artistic, musical, or coding experience necessary.

Autonomous Vehicle Lab
Students in the Autonomous Vehicle Lab will construct and customize small scale motorized vehicles assembled from laser cut components. This vehicle will navigate its environment using real time data from light sensors. Students will physically assemble the body of the vehicle, construct electronics circuits for the sensors and motors, and program the vehicle using the Arduino programming environment. *This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated. Students who repeat the class will continue to build and customize their vehicle in the subsequent weeks and can serve as mentors for new students.

Circuit Bending
Though a series of electronic projects in which you will create your own circuits, explore the artistic potential of hardware hacking, basic digital circuits, and primitive audio systems. Make weird sounds and ponder the physicality of sound.

2:30pm

Intro to Video Editing and Storytelling
Record and edit your own mini film and learn the tools of video storytelling: storyboarding, composition, color correction, timing, perspective and more.

Computational Photography
We will learn the latest technologies influencing photography to create, combine, and manipulate images.

How to Code in Processing
Learn how to code using the open source Processing environment. Processing is an approachable, media friendly environment popular in the arts.

4:30pm

Open studio/lab and pick up

June 18th-22nd

8:30am

Drop off window

9:00am

Morning welcome

9:30am

Code for Games 3D
Learn how to code. We will write programs for 3D games, using the C# programming language and the Unity game development engine. Learn Unity, an industry standard and free-for-students game development tool and use it to create your own game. Use the Unity editor to add assets like images, sounds, and 3d models to a game. Write code in C# to add logic and special effects to the game. No previous game or programming experience is required.

Mobile Application Development
Make interactive Android applications to make games and tools for smartphones and tablets.

How Can Computers Think?
Ever wondered how a computer picks its Netflix recommendations for you? How it can tag all your friends in your Facebook photos? Why can it do all these things, but still can't autocorrect your texts properly (especially when you text your parents!). In this course, we use digital media examples to show the difference between a computer computing, and a computer "thinking", and show how computers can be intelligent, smart, savvy, and super fast, and what artificial intelligence (AI) really means. **This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated; subtopics will change weekly.

11:30am

Lunch

12:30pm

Make A Green Screen Film
Record, edit and star in your own mini green screen film. Learn how chromakey plays a major role in video production.

Autonomous Vehicle Lab
Students in the Autonomous Vehicle Lab will construct and customize small scale motorized vehicles assembled from laser cut components. This vehicle will navigate its environment using real time data from light sensors. Students will physically assemble the body of the vehicle, construct electronics circuits for the sensors and motors, and program the vehicle using the Arduino programming environment. *This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated. Students who repeat the class will continue to build and customize their vehicle in the subsequent weeks and can serve as mentors for new students.

Sound Design for Games
Learn how the science of sound editing can help you create great sound effects for games and film. Master the principles of digital audio, MIDI, sequencing, musical composition, and sound design.

2:30pm

Pop-up Science and Art Museum
Share your love of science and technology by helping make DCSI’s first pop-up science and art museum! Using both high-tech and traditional fabrication tools, participants will construct a series of interactive exhibits that display the amazing properties of magnetism, light, gravity, color, sound, and other fundamental properties of the physical world.

Projection Mapping
Using digital projectors, software, and laser cutters we will learn the latest techniques for mapping video images onto physical objects.

4:30pm

Open studio/lab and pick up

June 25th-29th

8:30am

Drop off window

9:00am

Morning welcome

9:30am

3D Animation
Learn the fundamentals of 3d animation - model, animate and render using Autodesk Maya.

Augmented Reality Programming
Make augmented reality applications that use smartphone cameras to show interactive virtual objects among the real world.

11:30am

Lunch

12:30pm

Put your Stamp on the World
Design and create your own custom rubber stamp - we’ll even show you how to make one of your face. Learn digital design in Adobe Illustrator and and image processing in Photoshop. Apply math and spatial reasoning skills to use a laser cutter to cut your stamp.

Autonomous Vehicle Lab
Students in the Autonomous Vehicle Lab will construct and customize small scale motorized vehicles assembled from laser cut components. This vehicle will navigate its environment using real time data from light sensors. Students will physically assemble the body of the vehicle, construct electronics circuits for the sensors and motors, and program the vehicle using the Arduino programming environment. *This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated. Students who repeat the class will continue to build and customize their vehicle in the subsequent weeks and can serve as mentors for new students.

MIDI Controllers Galore
introduction to all things MIDI: experiment with several different MIDI controllers like the Oxygen 8, midi keyboards, launchpads and more. See how they work from a software and hardware perspective, and compose your own beats.

2:30pm

Media Making with Movement and Motion Capture
Motion tracking isn't just for security systems, and the Kinect isn't just for the Xbox. Use intelligent computer vision to track your motion and create interactive music, projections, and more.

Building Interactive Media Systems
With a easy-to-learn graphical programming language, we will build sound and video systems that respond to user input.

4:30pm

Open studio/lab and pick up

Junior High Schedule

June 11th-15th

8:30am

Drop off window

9:00am

Morning welcome

9:30am

Autonomous Vehicle Lab
Students in the Autonomous Vehicle Lab will construct and customize small scale motorized vehicles assembled from laser cut components. This vehicle will navigate its environment using real time data from light sensors. Students will physically assemble the body of the vehicle, construct electronics circuits for the sensors and motors, and program the vehicle using the Arduino programming environment. *This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated. Students who repeat the class will continue to build and customize their vehicle in the subsequent weeks and can serve as mentors for new students.

Musical Trash: Prototyping Experimental Musical Instruments
Inventors, makers, and artists can harness the power of the circuit to make new musical instruments, interactive paintings and sculptures, or anything else you can dream up. Explore basic circuits and conductivity and promote sustainability by rethinking reusing and recycling. No electronics, artistic, musical, or coding experience necessary.

Beat Making in Ableton Live
Learn fundamentals of beat making and digital performance on midi controllers and iPads. Students will learn how to use Ableton Live to create, arrange, and perform and save beats.

11:30am

Lunch

12:30pm

Intro to Video Editing and Storytelling
Record and edit your own mini film and learn the tools of video storytelling: storyboarding, composition, color correction, timing, perspective and more.

How Can Computers Think?
Ever wondered how a computer picks its Netflix recommendations for you? How it can tag all your friends in your Facebook photos? Why can it do all these things, but still can't autocorrect your texts properly (especially when you text your parents!). In this course, we use digital media examples to show the difference between a computer computing, and a computer "thinking", and show how computers can be intelligent, smart, savvy, and super fast, and what artificial intelligence (AI) really means. **This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated; subtopics will change weekly.

Intro to Design Thinking
Design is a critical skill for engineers, artists, scientists, architects, and many other 21 st -century careers. Learn how designers approach problems, brainstorm possibilities, rapidly prototype, and iterate on their creations to arrive at innovative solutions. By the end of the course, students will have designed, refined, and presented a solution to a real-world problem.

Computational Photography
We will learn the latest technologies influencing photography to create, combine, and manipulate images.

2:30pm

Code for Games 2D
Learn how to code. We will write programs for 2D games, using the C# programming language and the Unity game development engine. Learn Unity, an industry standard and free-for-students game development tool and use it to create your own game. Use the Unity editor to add assets like images and sounds to a 2D game. Write code in C# to add logic and special effects to the game. No previous game or programming experience is required.

2D Digital Animation
This class introduces various techniques in creating moving digital images. Students will learn how to make Stop-Motion animation using a variety of tools and processes. We'll begin with taking photos with cameras, then add digital designs to them using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and finally compose them using Adobe After Effects.

Circuit Bending
Though a series of electronic projects in which you will create your own circuits, explore the artistic potential of hardware hacking, basic digital circuits, and primitive audio systems. Make weird sounds and ponder the physicality of sound.

4:30pm

Open studio/lab and pick up

June 18th-22nd

8:30am

Drop off window

9:00am

Morning welcome

9:30am

Autonomous Vehicle Lab
Students in the Autonomous Vehicle Lab will construct and customize small scale motorized vehicles assembled from laser cut components. This vehicle will navigate its environment using real time data from light sensors. Students will physically assemble the body of the vehicle, construct electronics circuits for the sensors and motors, and program the vehicle using the Arduino programming environment. *This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated. Students who repeat the class will continue to build and customize their vehicle in the subsequent weeks and can serve as mentors for new students.

Make A Green Screen Film
Record, edit and star in your own mini green screen film. Learn how chromakey plays a major role in video production.

Digital Sound Design
Explore field recording, sampling and manipulation of audio samples using various digital software and techniques.

11:30am

Lunch

12:30pm

Pop-up Science and Art Museum
Share your love of science and technology by helping make DCSI’s first pop-up science and art museum! Using both high-tech and traditional fabrication tools, participants will construct a series of interactive exhibits that display the amazing properties of magnetism, light, gravity, color, sound, and other fundamental properties of the physical world.

Projection Mapping
Using digital projectors, software, and laser cutters we will learn the latest techniques for mapping video images onto physical objects.

How Can Computers Think?
Ever wondered how a computer picks its Netflix recommendations for you? How it can tag all your friends in your Facebook photos? Why can it do all these things, but still can't autocorrect your texts properly (especially when you text your parents!). In this course, we use digital media examples to show the difference between a computer computing, and a computer "thinking", and show how computers can be intelligent, smart, savvy, and super fast, and what artificial intelligence (AI) really means. **This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated; subtopics will change weekly.

Mobile Application Development
Make interactive Android applications to make games and tools for smartphones and tablets.

2:30pm

Code for Games 3D
Learn how to code. We will write programs for 3D games, using the C# programming language and the Unity game development engine. Learn Unity, an industry standard and free-for-students game development tool and use it to create your own game. Use the Unity editor to add assets like images, sounds, and 3d models to a game. Write code in C# to add logic and special effects to the game. No previous game or programming experience is required.

3D Modeling
Welcome to the world of 3D! In this class we'll explore all the fun in creating 3D objects using one of the most powerful 3D software packages. This class will introduce various modeling techniques and presents best practices in designing virtual 3D objects, ready to be 3D printed or imported to a game engine.

Sound Design for Games
Learn how the science of sound editing can help you create great sound effects for games and film. Master the principles of digital audio, MIDI, sequencing, musical composition, and sound design.

4:30pm

Open studio/lab and pick up

June 25th-29th

8:30am

Drop off window

9:00am

Morning welcome

9:30am

Put your Stamp on the World
Design and create your own custom rubber stamp - we’ll even show you how to make one of your face. Learn digital design in Adobe Illustrator and and image processing in Photoshop. Apply math and spatial reasoning skills to use a laser cutter to cut your stamp.

Autonomous Vehicle Lab
Students in the Autonomous Vehicle Lab will construct and customize small scale motorized vehicles assembled from laser cut components. This vehicle will navigate its environment using real time data from light sensors. Students will physically assemble the body of the vehicle, construct electronics circuits for the sensors and motors, and program the vehicle using the Arduino programming environment. *This class is offered multiple weeks and can be taken once or repeated. Students who repeat the class will continue to build and customize their vehicle in the subsequent weeks and can serve as mentors for new students.

Digital Rock Band
Create original music using digital and acoustic instruments. Students will learn improvisational music techniques and learn how to play in small ensembles various instruments. If students already play an intrument, they are invited to bring their own- but not required.

11:30am

Lunch

12:30pm

Media Making with Movement and Motion Capture
Motion tracking isn't just for security systems, and the Kinect isn't just for the Xbox. Use intelligent computer vision to track your motion and create interactive music, projections, and more.

Building Interactive Media Systems
With a easy-to-learn graphical programming language, we will build sound and video systems that respond to user input.

Augmented Reality Programming
Make augmented reality applications that use smartphone cameras to show interactive virtual objects among the real world.

2:30pm

3D Animation
Learn the fundamentals of 3d animation - model, animate and render using Autodesk Maya.

Digital Fabrication
Time to take our designs out of the computer and bring them to the physical world! In this class students will learn how to design and make physical objects using digital fabrication tools. We'll be using laser cutters to make flat and stackable objects, also print 3D sculptures using 3D printers. Digital drawing programs and 3D modeling tools introduced.

MIDI Controllers Galore
introduction to all things MIDI: experiment with several different MIDI controllers like the Oxygen 8, midi keyboards, launchpads and more. See how they work from a software and hardware perspective, and compose your own beats.

4:30pm

Open studio/lab and pick up

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the courses?
Faculty from the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering - part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts - develop the curriculum and co-teach with graduate students. Undergraduate students serve as classroom assistants and extra staff.
Can students enroll for only part of the day, or part of the week?
No. Enrollment is on a weekly basis and students must enroll for the full day. Students can leave early or miss a day, but the tuition is paid for full enrollment.
Do students have to sign up for all 3 weeks?
No. Student can enroll for 1, 2, or all 3 weeks. We have developed the program to make each week independent. That creates more flexibility to meet your schedule challenges and budget constraints.
Do you provide lunch for the students?
No. Students should bring a lunch, or it is possible to purchase a lunch. Staff members walk all students to the Memorial Union to eat lunch. There are several options for purchasing a lunch at the Union. If students bring their own lunch, please keep in mind that it won't be refrigerated during the morning.
My student has never done programming before. Will this program be a good fit?
Yes! We encourage beginners to attend and we welcome students with varying levels of experience. Project-based learning allows for students to progress at their own pace and level.
Do you offer scholarships?
No. We hope to secure funding to create scholarships, however we do not have any at this time.
Should my student enroll in the Junior High or High School track?
The Junior High track is intended for students enrolling in grades 7-9 in Fall 2018. The High School track is for students enrolling in grades 10-12 in Fall 2018, or just graduated High School seniors. If you want to discuss your students best fit, please email us.




The Digital Culture Summer Institute was created by the School of Arts, Media and Engineering - part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. AME's Digital Culture initiative is an innovative degree program that offers students interdisciplinary degrees learning technology, design, media and art. For more information, please visit ame.asu.edu.

For questions contact:
loren.olson@asu.edu
kimberlee.swisher@asu.edu