TinkerSpace is a series of hands-on instructional and exploration programs of popular and fun tools, software and maker-related technologies that take place around River campus. River Campus Libraries hosts TinkerSpace programs, with a goal of building a peer-to-peer experiential learning community.
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino microcontroller boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. Arduino boards are programmed with a computer using the Arduino programming language.
Raspberry Pi is s a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It’s a great way to explore Linux and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do - browsing the internet, playing HD video, making spreadsheets, word-processing, and games. Raspberry Pi is also used for creating digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras.
Electronic soldering is a key electronics building skill and is one of the key processes in the manufacture and repair of electronic equipment. Soldering allows electronic components to be electrically joined and held in place solidly and reliably.
MatLab (Matrix Laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language developed by MathWorks.
R is a widely used and adopted language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.
HTML/CSS (hypertext markup language & cascading style sheets) are two universal core technologies for building Web pages. HTML provides the building blocks and structure of the page, CSS the page layout for a variety of computing devices.
Excel is an electronic spreadsheet program used for storing, organizing, and manipulating data. It can create charts and other data visuals.
LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing.
GIMP (GNU image manipulation platform) is free, open-source photo editing software that allows users to change and manipulate images, similar to Photoshop.