Month: May 2014

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Maker Space Renovation




Greetings, Comrades!


As the Media Center moves into the summer months, we have big changes planned for all the movers and shakers on campus.  The room formerly known as the collaboration station will be renovated as a new Makerspace.  What is a Makerspace you ask?  To describe them simply, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.  All are united in the purpose of providing access to equipment, community, and education, and all are unique in exactly how they are arranged to fit the purposes of the community they serve.

The Dickinson Media Center has a number of new tools at its disposal to assist in the “making” part of the new room.  Along with two recently purchased 3-d printers and dozens of new instructional e-books on creating electronic apparatuses, we now have two rasberry pi single-board computers, a makey-makey, Arduino electronics, and a 3-d printing pen.  Check out our cool new tech toys in action!





Check out the current state of the “collaboration station”, then drop by and see all the changes that are expected to be finished Summer 2014.




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Mass Media and American Politics – News and Ad Projects

Below are some our favorite projects from the Mass Media and American Politics course this semester. All of these videos were done as course assignments and in no way reflect any views by the college or necessarily the students that created them. Also, despite the content of some the videos these were all student projects none of the videos were paid for by any outside entity.

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Global Economy Videos Projects

Spring 2014 Global Economy Mini Lectures

Our favorite video projects from the Global Economy class.




Watch them all here




Spring 2014 GIS Student Projects

Below are some of the posters created for GIS supported course this semester and presented at the Spring 2014 GIS Expo and Poster Symposium. Check all the projects here.

An Analysis of the Trees on Dickinson College’s Campus

An Analysis of the Trees on Dickinson College’s Campus (Mary DiGiorgio ’14)

The spatial distribution of weathering on Basse-Terre Island, Guadeloupe

The spatial distribution of weathering on Basse-Terre Island, Guadeloupe (Leslie Milliman and Peter Sak)

An Evaluation of Harrisburg Street Trees

An Evaluation of Harrisburg Street Trees (Christine Burns)

Crime Rate Analysis at Hunting Park in Philadelphia, PA

Crime Rate Analysis at Hunting Park in Philadelphia, PA (Amanda Vandenburg)


Shakespeare Vs Wu-tang

Shakespeare the original rapper, loses vocabulary battle to Wu-tang clan

Visualization from The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop by Matt Daniels

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Burial #throughglass film

by mc assistant Kia using our Google Glass

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GIS Expo and Poster Symposium

Tuesday, May 6, 10am – noon in the Rector Atrium


The posters will feature an assortment of projects conducted by the students that demonstrate the use of GIS (geographic information systems) for investigating and analyzing problems across a wide variety of disciplines, including environmental assessment, urban planning, historical studies, crime analysis, watershed monitoring, and landscape management.  The students will be available for discussion throughout the session.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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Fall 2013 Student Projects

As you are finishing your projects, check out some of our favorites from last semester.

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Global Economy

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