Sensory Design Exercises:
A Novel Approach to Student Engagement
with Dr. Lois Frankel, Carleton University

It is becoming increasingly clear that sensory experiences are key to enriching and mediating people’s lived experiences in fields as diverse as anthropology, design, engineering, psychology, education, sociology, and urban planning, among others.The Sense-It! Design Research Team has been developing a toolkit to enable design students to learn about design features that can influence how a person perceives a product.

The Sense-It Team will offer a guided workshop for participants interested in learning about sensory engagement through experiencing structured educational activities, experimenting with kit elements, and exploring the potential of sensory learning tools in areas beyond design.

Enhanced and Accessible Learning using WebVR

with Anthony Scavarelli, Algonquin College

In this workshop Anthony will demo a WebVR socio-educational platform he has been developing for his PhD research at Carleton University, while also fostering open discussion on what VR is, what it isn’t, and how it can be leveraged in our classrooms to augment and enhance existing teaching and learning methods. The workshop will then explore and build their own simple WebVR application using A-Frame – a WebVR framework using basic HTML5 and ECMAScript6 (Javascript). This will act as an introduction to WebVR development, and the philosophies that have driven its creation.

This tutorial will be geared towards novices, though all skill levels are welcome!

Photographic Animation for Film Makers and Photographers

with Tom Gasek, Rochester Institute of Technology.
Tom Gasek has over 30 years of award winning professional stop motion animation experience as an animator and director. He is currently working on a short “pixilated” film called “4 @ 60.” 

Technology has given some of these older techniques new life through digital forms. In this workshop, Gasek will be demonstrating a couple of these techniques to participants. This includes dslr cameras and capture software (Dragon Frame). He will have several demonstrations that require participants from the group to assist him in these simple animation exercises that demonstrate the tools and effects of this approach to photographic animation. So come prepared to get up off your feet and get into some animation!

Imagining Futurities 

with Rosa Duran, George Brown College &
Jennifer Chan, Department of Imaginary Affairs

In this workshop, we will highlight a few trends we believe will likely impact our world in the near future. We will walk through STEEP (Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental and Political) Trends to look at some hard data and then we will use this data to collectively imagine possible futures. We will introduce a foresight methodology called four generic images, to guide participants through a future-oriented exercise. We will facilitate a conversation promising to leave participants thinking differently.

We hope participants will leave the workshops with tangible tools to approach the ever-changing landscape that we are asked to teach, live and work in.


Discovering Hoop Dance

by The Chimera Project

First Nations’ hoop dance is older than the grass. But younger than the mountains.

Learn this traditional energetic, acrobatic dance to hone your agility and coordination.

This class, for ages six and up, introduces the vocabulary of hoop dancing styles from across Turtle Island.

Participants will learn how to construct their own hoops, create symbolic shapes and bring them to life through hoop dance choreography.

The class is taught by dance artist Arik Pipestem.




Robotic Dreams Future Cities

with STEAMLabs

Have you ever dreamed about what a city will look like in the future? Or thought how the products or devices you use every day will change and improve in the years to come? At the Robotic Dreams Future Cities workshop, participants will learn to use robotic components such as a servo motor and controller and will be given the opportunity to take those new found skills and create a future device of their own! Participants are encouraged to explore their imaginations and creative thoughts for ways to improve everyday products to fit into our future robotic city.



ROM’s Christian Dior Exhibit Research & the Pattern Technology Used

with Berta Pavlov

With a team of George Brown graduates, Berta Pavlov, performed an extensive research and analysis of Dior techniques and processes to reproduce two vintage Dior garments. Over 100 hours of work at the new cutting edge Fashion Exchange facility were put into analysis and creation of the iconic Delphine dress. The Dior exhibit at the R.O.M. gave insight into the creative process and production techniques during the post-war fashion industry.

Watch a short video, “Decoding Dior’s Delphine”, showing Berta’s work and how this vintage piece was recreated.

Exploring the Wonders of Motors

with Michael Chan

Learn how to bring motors into your classroom for FREE using electronics that are easily salvaged.

Most teachers are not comfortable with electronics, in particular with motors, principally due to lack of knowledge, experience or funds.

Without realizing it, they are depriving their classes of all the experience, fun and excitement imaginable with electronics & motors!

In this workshop, Michael Chan hopes to change that. He will guide participants through practical examples of how to salvage free motors from old PCs and electronics. Then participants will brainstorm interesting ideas and examples of applications for these motors in systems like: railway gates, car parking, catapults, robotic arms, copters, plotters, padlock decoders and more.