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i-Space: Past Events 2020/21

Consisting of the Digital Makerspace, Digital Visualisation Room, One Button Studio, Digital Studio and Digital Creativity Workstations

MakerMindset@i-Space Programme

To Cultivate a Creative, Curious and Can-do Mindset

The Maker Mindset Programme aims to

  • Organize creative and stimulating events and workshops for students to enhance their awareness in emerging technologies and nurture a curious and “Can-do” mindset; and
  • Help students overcome challenges and adopt new technologies in the future.

 

 

Workshops

January - April 2021

   Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

Internet of Things (IoT) - Controlling LED with Blynk (Quota: 8)

Video Recording

28 Jan (Thu)

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Internet of Things (IoT) - Real Time Weather Monitoring Station (Quota: 8)

Video Recording

16 Mar (Tue)

3:00 – 5:00 PM

   Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students and staff

Internet of Things (IOT), and its Sensor Simulation over Cloud Platform 

Video Recording

25 Feb (Thu)

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Student Maker Forum: Internet of Things(IoT) - Smart Home Prototype

Video Recording

23 Mar (Tue)

4:30 – 5:30 PM

   Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

 

 

Deadline for Submission

11 Jun 2021 (Fri)

 

 

 

3D Modelling in SketchUp - Beginner level

Video Recording

11 Mar (Thu)

2:30 - 5:00 PM

3D Modelling in SketchUp - Advanced level

Video Recording

18 Mar (Thu)

2:30 – 5:00 PM

VR Interaction in Unity - Beginner level

Video Recording

25 Mar (Thu)

2:30 – 5:00 PM

VR Interaction in Unity - Advanced level

Video Recording

1 Apr (Thu)

2:30 – 5:00 PM

Workshop: Internet of Things (IoT) Controlling LED with Blynk

Internet of Things (IoT) Controlling LED with Blynk
Date: 28 Jan 2021 (Thu) Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

   Registration Closed 

 

Some IoT controllers are capable to serve as a web server, and able to communicate with other electronic devices within a private network.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to use a mobile phone or computer to control an IoT controller
  • How to set up a network service on an IoT controller

 

The IoT Accessory Pack ESP8266 Board Sample App

 

Points to Note

  • One set of IoT accessory pack will be given to each participant who has successfully registered for the workshop.
  • Participant is required to set up Arduino IDE software and ESP8266 package before the workshop. Please find the instructions here
  • Participant who cannot pick up the IoT accessory pack before the workshop, the pack and vacancy will be passed on to the next person in the waiting list.
  • Please contact Ms Manda Man, TEL: 2766-6880 or lbskman@polyu.edu.hk if you cannot join the online workshop after registration and return the IoT accessory pack.

Real Time Weather Monitoring Station

Internet of Things (IoT) - Real Time Weather Monitoring Station
Date: 16 Mar 2021 (Thu) Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Platform: Zoom

Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students   

   Registration Closed 

                                 

An Internet-of-Thing (IoT) component can be configured to collect real-time environmental data.  This workshop will teach you how to make a small scale weather monitoring station by integrating ESP8266 board with a temperature and humidity sensor. You could monitor the real-time and historical environmental data remotely over the cloud platform.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to do basic programming on ESP8266 board to control device's input and output
  • How to generate data from IoT devices to aggregate and process data in Cloud service

 

Points to Note

  • One set of IoT accessory pack will be given to each participant who has successfully registered for the workshop.
  • Participant who cannot pick up the IoT accessory pack before the workshop, the pack and vacancy will be passed on to the next person in the waiting list.
  • Please contact Ms Manda Man, TEL: 2766-6880 or lbskman@polyu.edu.hk if you cannot join the online workshop after registration and return the IoT accessory pack.

Internet of Things (IOT), and its Sensor Simulation over Cloud Platform

Internet of Things (IOT), and its Sensor Simulation over Cloud Platform
Date: 25 Feb 2021 (Thu) Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Platform: Zoom

Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students and staff

   Registration Closed 

                                 

The webinar introduces the connection from sensors to cloud platform.  The demo hardware will be Arduino/ESP32 with programming technique by using Arduino IDE to connect with the cloud platform.

Powerful Feature in cloud platform - Adafruit IO Cloud

The API that drives user interface is available. The data can be stored, managed, controlled, and downloaded anytime. Charts, graphs, gauges, logging, and more features are available from anywhere in this designed web-based dashboard. Trigger function can monitor your data and notify you when your temperature sensor gets too hot or when your DIY security system goes offline.

Come and Join this webinar if you are interested to build your own IoT project.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Using an air quality sensor to connect to Adafruit cloud
  • Creating data dashboard in Adafruit IO cloud, and display the data set

 

About the speaker:

Silas Hung is a professional electronic engineer for 25 years. He specializes in electronic engineering, material analysis and photonics analysis. He founded Cloud-LED lighting technology limited in recent years.
Other than his engineer work, he has been a part-time lecturer at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and VTC for over 2,000 teaching hours in electronic engineering, and was an invited speaker in many engineering conference. 
He has published over 20 academic articles mainly on the application of nanomagnetic structures. In addition, he designed “Smart Home” teaching courses and electronic educational kit for schools, hoping that the new generation will still love technology and engineering.

Student Maker Forum: Internet of Things(IoT) - Smart Home Prototype

Student Maker Forum: Internet of Things(IoT) - Smart Home Prototype
Date: 23 Mar 2021 (Tue) Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Platform: Zoom

Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students and staff

   Registration Closed 

 

In this webinar, Declan Leung, a student from the Department of Computing will share how he designs the tailor-made application on Internet of Things (IoT): Smart Home Prototype. The prototype of the smart home consists of a series of IoT controllers and smart sensors. An IoT controller can automatically turn on or off electronic appliances such as air-conditioner, based on the temperature collected by environmental sensors.

He has not only learned the essentials of being a professional programmer as “smart home” requires the connection between data networking and home appliance devices, but he has also taken a leading role in his IoT team project.

About the student speaker:

Declan Leung, a 4th year undergraduate student from the Department of Computing and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Enterprise Information Systems. He has a strong interest in IoT, and participated in variuos workshops and student projects of MakerMindset Programme@i-Space.

 

3D Modeling in SketchUp

3D Modeling in SketchUp (Beginner / Advanced)
Date: 11 Mar 2021 (Thu) - Beginner Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Platform: Zoom

Date: 18 Mar 2021 (Thu) - Advanced Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

   Registration Closed 

 

In these workshops, you will learn:

  • Using SketchUp Free to create 3D model
  • Adding colours and textures to customize model
  • Applying useful shortcut, command and tips for repeated actions

Participant is required to have the account for using SketchUp Free before the workshop. Please register here.

A SketchUp rendering of the PolyU Library by Mr Timmy Tsang of BRE,
team member of the 2nd Runner-up in the Virtual Reality Contest 2018-2019.

 

VR Interaction in Unity

VR Interaction in Unity (Beginner / Advanced)
Date: 25 Mar 2021 (Thu) - Beginner Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Platform: Zoom

Date: 1 Apr 2021 (Thu) - Advanced Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

   Registration Closed 

                                 

In these workshops, you will learn:

  • Navigating the Unity application
  • Creating basic 3D objects and positioning them in the scene
  • Manipulating and moving 3D objects via scripts

Setup Arduino IDE and ESP8266 Package

                                                                       

Setup Arduino IDE and ESP8266 Package
1 Install Arduino IDE software from official website https://www.arduino.cc/en/software
2

Download ESP8266/ESP32 board package 

i) Open Arduino IDE

ii) Select [Files] -> [Preferences]

iii) Copy this code to "Additional Boards Manager  URL": http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json

iv) Click [OK]

4 Select [Tools] -> [Board] -> [Boards Manager]
4 Type "esp8266" and click [Install]
5 After the package installation is completed, select [Tools] -> [Board] -> [NodeMCU 1.0(ESP-12E module)]
6

Connect your esp8266 board to computer, select [Tool] -> [Port] and the corresponding COM port

Remarks: If IDE cannot detect COM port after connecting board with USB cable , you may need to install USB driver for ESP 8266/ESP 32 dev board 

https://www.silabs.com/developers/usb-to-uart-bridge-vcp-drivers   

Workshops & Seminars

September - November 2020

   Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

Internet of Things (IoT) - Real Time Weather Monitoring Station (Quota: 8)

23 Sep (Wed)

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Internet of Things (IoT), and its Sensors Simulation over TinkerCAD 22 Oct (Thu) 3:00 – 5:00 PM
An introduction to Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Data Connection (Quota: 8)

4 Nov (Wed)

3:00 – 5:00 PM

   Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

 

 

Deadline for Submission

11 Jun 2021 (Fri)

 

 

 

Webinar : Mixed Reality and its Power in Arts & Culture

Mixed Reality (MR) is one of the most innovative and creative tools for inspiration in Arts & Culture since the beginning of last decade. This webinar introduces the concept of digital transformation and the latest practice in the industry both in public and private sectors, e.g. art festivals and auctions. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know the latest application of the technology, which helps develop intangible beliefs of our future society.

 

13 Oct (Tue)
23 Oct 2020 (Fri)
Postponed
due to adverse weather conditions.

4:00 - 5:30 PM

3D Modelling in SketchUp - Beginner level 8 Oct (Thu) 2:30 – 5:00 PM

3D Modelling in SketchUp - Advanced level

15 Oct (Thu)

2:30 – 5:00 PM

Cultural Talk: Mixed Reality and its Power in Arts & Culture

Mixed Reality and its Power in Arts & Culture

Date: 13 Oct 2020 (Tue)

23 Oct 2020 (Fri)
Postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Eligibility: PolyU/CPCE students and staff

       Registration Closed   

 

Mixed Reality (MR) is one of the most innovative and creative tools for inspiration in Arts & Culture since the beginning of last decade. This seminar introduces the concept of digital transformation and the latest practice in the industry both in public and private sectors, e.g. art festivals and auctions. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know the latest application of the technology, which helps develop intangible beliefs of our future society.

 

About the speaker

Ms Liz Yeung is the founder of Artechgallery, which aims to creates an immersive virtual space for people to observe, understand and experience art in a whole different dimension. In digitally archiving past and future art exhibits, Liz simultaneously preserves the spirit and expands the possibilities of the art world, making it more accessible to everyone everywhere!

Real Time Weather Monitoring Station

Internet of Things (IoT) - Real Time Weather Monitoring Station
Date: 23 Sep 2020 (Wed) Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

       Registration Full   

 

Collect environmental data is a basic function of IoT components. We will make a small scale weather monitoring station integrated with ESP32, temperature and humidity sensor. You could monitor the real time and historical environmental data remotely over the cloud.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to do basic programming on ESP32 board to control device's input and output
  • How to generate data from IoT devices to aggregate and process data in Cloud service
IoT Accessory Pack ESP32 Weather Station

One set of IoT accessory pack will be given to each participant who has successfully registered for the workshop.

Internet of Things, and its Sensors Simulation over TinkerCAD

Internet of Things (IoT), and its Sensors Simulation over TinkerCAD
Date: 22 Oct 2020 (Thu) Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Eligibility: PolyU & CPCE students

       Registration Closed   

Implement of an IoT application involves design, measure and monitor of collected environmental data. An IoT simulation engine is a great helper to validate the design and change the scale of your IoT application!

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to do basic programming on Arduino board to control device's input and output
  • How to simulate data flow of an IoT development board and its sensors
IoT & sensor simulation with TinkerCAD

Co-curricular Achievement (CAT) Transcript

Co-curricular Achievement (CAT) Transcript

Students who have participated in i-Space’s workshops and webinars in semester 1 (2020/21) will have their attendance recorded in the Co-curricular Achievement Transcript (CAT) issued by the Centre STARS by semester end.

PolyU Makerthon 2021

PolyU Makerthon 2021 is a 3-day ideation event exclusive to current PolyU students under the PolyU Maker Fund Programme.

The students from various disciplines gathered at i-Space, 4/F, Library from 28 to 30 May 2021 and came up with ideas and prototypes under the guidance of industry mentors. The teams shortlisted in Makerthon will enjoy prototyping fund support, one on one mentorship and direct entry to MVP & Market Validation Training.

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VR Contest

VR Contest - Stories from Ancient China

The Library is organising a series of talks and workshops.  By participating in these series of talks and workshops, you will be able to pick up skills to develop your own VR story. 

New Deadline for Submission : 11 Jun 2021

 

News

Maker Mindset

What is the Maker Mindset?  What makes a Maker?

Makers have a strong curiosity about the things around them. They are curious in trying to understand how things work and have a strong desire to experiment and improve the things and situation around them. 

People with Maker Mindset are self-directed learners and this is why schools are actively encouraging students to develop this maker mindset - so that students can learn from this creative process and embrace mistakes as a valuable opportunity to improve their ideas and, ultimately, themselves as individuals.  

More resources for Maker Mindset:

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a problem-solving approach for designers to reach desirable solutions to match people’s needs while emphasizing on human-centered design. 

It also considers what is desirable from users’ point of view, how users will interact with products and offer a solution based on the emotional state of users. It also encourages brainstorming and especially rewards thinking out-of-the-box. 

Design Thinking is not limited to designers, but is also relevant to other fields such as engineering, architecture, business, information technology, education, healthcare, law and many other professions where the process of design can be applied to either a product or a service.

The Design Thinking cycle includes Empathize, Define (the problem), Ideate, Prototype and Test, and this cycle would be useful for those who are planning to work and test on a prototype.

Here are some videos on Design Thinking: