The tree house under construction. #designlab 2 more days! (at New York Hall of Science)

The tree house under construction. #designlab 2 more days! (at New York Hall of Science)

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#designlab Shadow Puppets Google+ hangout activity had everyone building their own #studios. Is it a butterfly or a ladybug? (at New York Hall of Science)

#designlab Shadow Puppets Google+ hangout activity had everyone building their own #studios. Is it a butterfly or a ladybug? (at New York Hall of Science)

Where’d You Get Those Pants?

imageA quirky fashion trend has been spotted around the city: crazily patterned pants with blue plaid, harlequin checks, and orange and brown swirls. The pants have crossed age and gender lines, with males and females, young and old, wearing the trendsetting garments.

The pants can’t be found at your neighborhood Gap store or at your favorite vintage clothing shop. In fact, they’re not really clothing at all, but a small photograph of pants attached to a thin stick. Using the “StickPic”, the camera on your mobile device, and a willing fashion victim, you can create a fun photo of someone wearing the crazy pants. But to make the photo truly come alive, you’ll need to use a little math.

StickPics are part of Digital Design Lab, a new project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will create mobile apps for use in classrooms throughout the country. The Fancy Pants app, to be released later this year, will be the first of four apps that will turn your mobile phone into a scientific and mathematical tool. Fancy Pants will focus on proportions and forced perspective photography – math concepts that allow you to take a photo of your friend “wearing” those outrageous pants. Digital Design Lab will also include web videos with science-based design challenges and a website where students can post their ideas and solutions.

The central part of this project, however, are the apps, which will allow users to measure and document unexpected phenomena – like that guy wearing those pink psychedelic pants.

Try a little “forced perspective” on for size with Design Lab

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Design Lab’s Shadow Puppets prototyping over School’s Out Weekend, NYSCI. Photos: Shimpei Takeda

Prototyping Shadow Puppets @ NYSCI

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This is a brief video that we placed at the entrance to one of current activities that we’re prototyping with visitors at the museum, Shadow Puppets.

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@39forks creates a quick video of Design Lab’s sound experiments at NSTA, Indianapolis

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Become a Teacher Design Fellow and learn about introductory design starter activities and the design process, a problem-solving process central to engineering and technology. Through an online orientation and our five-day Verizon Summer Design Institute (July 16 – 20), you will develop and…

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Design Lab activity area at NYSCI. Photo: Andrew Kelly.

Design Lab activity area at NYSCI. Photo: Andrew Kelly.

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time lapse (one shot every 10 seconds) of prototyping circuits in the city at our design lab prototyping space on the exhibition floor.

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