Spring 2016 TAM Workshops

Musical Robotic Instruments

Jiffer Harriman, ATLAS PhD Student
Thursday Feb 11, 5:30–7:00 p.m. / BTU Lab (ENVD 234)

Want to explore new creative approaches to making music? Musical robotic instruments can trigger acoustic sounds with digital control. In this workshop we will use a new platform that allow control of motors using standard MIDI messages. All students welcome but experience with music prod software audio programming is helpful. RSVP: http://atlas.colorado.edu/musical-robotic-instruments/

Twitter Bots

Matt Bethancourt, TAM Instructor
Wednesday Feb 17, 5:30–7:00 p.m. / ATLAS Lobby

Are you interested in building useful, witty or confusing internet bots? Come learn how to make a Twitter Bot, and revel as your creation routinely confounds the world! We’ll be using Python and dipping into the command line a bit, but no previous programming experience required. RSVP: http://atlas.colorado.edu/twitter-bots/


Arielle Hein, Adjunct TAM Instructor and CU alum 
Thursday Feb 25, 5:30–7:00 p.m. / ATLS 229

Curious about Git and GitHub? Git is a widely used source code management system for software development and GitHub is a platform for hosting and collaborating on software projects. This workshop will cover the flow of using Git in the command line to keep track of the history of your code project, and how to collaborate with others using GitHub. Please bring your own laptops.  RSVP: http://atlas.colorado.edu/github/

Making Custom Laser Cut Enclosures

Danny Rankin, Adjunct TAM Instructor and ATLAS grad student
Monday Feb 29, 5–6:30 p.m. / ATLAS BTU Lab (ENVD 234)

Do you like making things that hold other things? Are you tired of housing your custom projects inside of discarded food packaging? Perhaps you’re looking for a constructive way to use that 75 watt death ray laser cutter you just found out about? This hand on workshop is designed to help students learn how to design and create customized boxes and enclosures that can be made using a laser cutter. We’ll learn about different materials, joining methods and spend some time making your very own acrylic box to take home. Students of all experience levels are welcome, but some experience with CAD software (Rhino, Solidworks, etc) is a plus. RSVP http://atlas.colorado.edu/laser-cut-enclosures/

Glitch Photography 

Chris Carruth, Adjunct TAM Instructor and CU alum
Friday, Mar 4, 5–6:30 p.m. / ATLS 229

Come explore the aesthetics of chance and embrace error through a hands-on workshop focused on the creation of Glitched Art and other alternative methods of imagery.   The workshop is open to all skillsets, yet prior familiarity with digital photography is a plus.  Get away from the established action scripts of 21st century imagery and join the avant-garde of the unknown and create alternative forms of imagery! RSVP: http://atlas.colorado.edu/glitch-photography/


Arielle Hein, Adjunct TAM Instructor and CU alum 
Tuesday, Mar 8, 5:30–7:00 p.m. / ATLS 229

p5.js is a JavaScript library that starts with the original goal of Processing, to make coding accessible for artists, designers, educators and beginners, and reinterprets this for today’s web. In this workshop, we will get up and running with the p5 framework, and develop a drawing sketch in the browser. p5 add-on libraries will also be introduced. Some programming experience is recommended but not required; anyone curious about p5 and the development of this exciting open-source project is welcome! RSVP: http://atlas.colorado.edu/p5js/

TAM Groups, Clubs & Activities

Mobile Makers meetings will continue every Wednesdays 5-6 starting 1/27 in the second floor ATLAS Commons.. All students interested in exploring more about mobile app development (yes, both iOs and Android!). All experience levels are welcome or just drop in for a work session. Free pizza is served! Contact Michael.V.Swisher@Colorado.Edu

Maker Collective meetings will continue every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the BTU Lab located in ENVD 234. All students are welcome to drop in anytime and join the fun, including play, building, and learning of hacking, wearables and all things tech. Free pizza is served! Info or contact MakersCollective@Colorado.edu

What are you going to do
after you graduate?

Why not continue what you started in TAM!

This fall we launched a new Masters of Science Track in Creative Technology and Design (CTD) that is a great program for anyone who wants to work in the digital media and creative technology field. You can read more about the program and the application process here or e-mail Ruscha.Cohen@Colorado.Edu

TAM Information Sessions

Interested in TAM? Come find out more:
Wednesday 2/17, 10–11:00 a.m. / ATLS 229
Tuesday 2/23, 9:30–10:30 a.m. / ATLS 105
Monday 2/29, 4–5:00 p.m. / ATLS 100
Wednesday 3/9, 2–3:00 p.m. / ATLS 229
Thursday 3/10, 11 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / ATLS 229
Monday 3/14, 4–5:00 p.m. / ATLS 100

Spring 2016 Hours

Walk-In Tutoring Hours

Sterling Fraser: Sterling.Fraser@Colorado.EDU
Mondays & Wednesdays
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursdays
1-3:00 p.m.

Get Technical! Get TAM

The Technology, Arts & Media Program is part of the ATLAS Institute on the University of Colorado at Boulder Campus. ATLAS is an innovative campus-wide initiative in education, research, creative work and outreach in which information and communication technology is the enabling force.

The Technology, Arts and Media Program offers several programs: a Bachelor of Science in Technology, Arts and Media (BSTAM), a Minor in Technology, Arts and Media (MTAM) and a Certificate in Technology, Arts & Media (CDM), and a Digital Media Bootcamp. Our programs are designed to teach students creative thinking, technical skills, and visual communication within creative studio-based environments.

Equipment Checkout Hours


Monday–Friday,1-4:00 p.m.
ATLS223 (ATLAS Front Desk)
Checkout equipment and policies

ATLAS Building Hours

The ATLAS building is open to the public from 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. weekdays and during special events.

TAM Students have 24/7 BuffOne Card Access