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And the Winner is……… TechShop Challenge 2015

Last year, Jourdan and Angela participated in the  Books and Bots Design Challenge.  This year the challenge was taken to the next level as teams were asked to design and develop a working prototype of an interactive game. The teams were given an incredible opportunity to work with TechShop- Pittsburgh and receive training in 3D printing and laser cutting. At the end of the 7 month journey, two teams were left standing, Team Jumunji and Team Escape from Mousecatraz .

This game challenge had only a few requirements:

  1. Teams used an Arduino kit
  2. The game must be interactive
  3. The game must be composed of skills learned at TechShop

Students were asked to keep track of their projects by writing blog posts. These posts can be found here.To find out more about the two competing teams and who won the challenge, read more below.

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Join the Discussion: iCCC Panel Luncheon


On Friday, April 3rd at 12:30pm, the Diversity Student Organization and co-sponsors, ASIS&T and Doctoral Guild, will be hosting a 2nd annual panel luncheon with Dean Ronald Larsen and other  insightful faculty. Take a look at the recap of last year’s event here!

This event is an open forum where students can ask featured panelists questions around topics that we think are the important “3 C’s” of an iSchool: Careers, Curricula, and Careers.

While we completely understand that this may be a time of religious observance or heavy workload, we ask that you take the time that you have, whether 5 minutes or the full 2 hours to come share your thoughts on the iSchool. The Diversity Student Organization wants to make a difference in the school and we cannot do this without your help and participation!

If you would like to participate or have any questions/suggestions, please do not hesitate to email us or talk directly to me at

November’s Social Hour (Diwaloween)

The fall semester’s Social Hours have centered around the many cultures that make up our iSchool. September’s theme was a celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. October’s theme was Oktoberfest. For this month’s Social Hour we partnered with ANKUR-Indian Graduate Student Association to focus on Diwali, the Indian Festival of lights.

In honor of Diwali we decided to challenge students to create Rangoli (Traditional Indian decoration usually created with flowers) with nontraditional materials.


Nontraditional materials = sprinkles and lentils

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