3D Printing and 3D Design
In this week-long course students are introduced to Computer Aided Design software. Students are shown a variety of software packages to design and realize their inventions. Student work is then printed on our 3D printer. Calibration and use of the 3D printer is explored. 3D scanning software is also discussed and students are given the option to design and build their own 3D scanner. Students have access to the school’s 3D printer throughout the semester.
2D and 3D Design with Lasers
Lasers are awesome. In this week-long course students are introduced to the laser cutter for designing scalable and rapid prototypes. A variety of 2D design software packages are used and the importance of reusable parameters and proper machine calibration explored. The students have access to the laser cutter and materials throughout the entire course.
Students are shown the importance of version control, collaborating with others and some basic tenets of quality website design. All students will be given their own website to document and record their work throughout the semester
In this fun and interactive course students are introduced to robotics. Students are shown how to build and program robots to move autonomously and semi autonomously. Different input and output sensors are explored and discussed.
How to Make (Almost) Anything
This course encompasses many of the other courses and provides an overview of design methodology, 2D Design, 3D Design, 3D printing, Laser cutting, electronics production, large format machining, hardware and software programming, input and output sensors, motors, website design and computer aided design software. This course is based on Neil Gershenfeld’s How to Make (almost) Anything course at the MIT Media lab. We provide an overview of all of the machines in the lab, a history of digital fabrication and the advantages of additive vs. subtractive machining. Students will use skills gleaned in this course to bring their inventions and ideas to life.
Procedural and object-oriented programming as well as basic data structures and conditionals are introduced in this fun and informative course.
The Invention Process
What if you were able to follow a formula to innovate and discover richer and better ideas? This course explores the process inventors use to iterate on better solutions.
Meditation and Yoga
Daily meditation and yoga sessions will be offered both at the school and offsite at a healing yoga center. At the Aegean Idea Lab we believe in educating the whole self so each day the students will be offered an opportunity to take a class that enriches their body, mind, and spirit.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
This 8 week course given by a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (M.B.S.R.) teacher follows Jon Kabat-Zinn’s course at the University of Massachusetts Pain Clinic and Medical School. Techniques in this course will teach students how to live more fully and meaningfully in every aspect of their lives. Clinical research shows a decrease in pain, physical and psychological symptoms and an improvement in brain activity and overall quality of life after completion of this program. Audio recordings, readings, a weekly lesson and a day long guided silent retreat are included in this life changing course.
Classical Music Appreciation and Vinyl
The perception that classical music is complex, hard to understand and boring, only for anoraks, is ruthlessly examined. Through examination of some of the rarest recordings of the 20th century students sensibilities are exposed to different kinds of music making in an effort to see what makes us respond emotionally to recorded sound. Depending on the musical ability of the class, we can look at sonata and fugue form, the structuring of classical music, and why one performance of a piece can be electric and another one deeply dull.
The fundamental parameters of still photography are explored: framing and composition, depth of field and shutter speed, focus. Students are shown through their work with a basic camera what the problems are in taking a good photo and how to overcome them. Through looking at each others work and the work of great photographers students are guided into how to master technical and skill difficulties in order to start producing exciting, elegant and fully-realised images of their own. No prior experience is necessary, but we strongly suggest that students bring a good digital camera which allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed, in order to get the full benefits of this course.
Weekly films both indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) are shown and discussed at the school. Students will observe the beauty and art behind the best films around the world.
The Paros night sky is explored in this fun and informational class on astronomy. Students will be introduced to the basics of astronomy as we explore the galaxy together.
The art of stained glass design is discovered in this course. Students are shown how to design their own original stained glass pieces. Students are then shown how to cut, grind and solder glass to create a beautiful piece of art.
Students are provided with a culinary tour of Paros and shown where to find and pick the best local ingredients. Students are taken to an organic farm to choose some of their own ingredients. This weekly course provides interactive lessons in Greek cuisine. Students are able to enjoy the products of their labors as they prepare a weekly Greek meal together.
Greek Language and Culture
This weekly course introduces students to basic modern conversational greek and discusses the importance and history of local Greek Culture and traditions.
In this weekly class students are provided with a live model to draw. The model will vary poses and students can use a variety of materials to capture the human form.
Greek Goddesses and Mythology
Greek goddesses and their role in Greek mythology are introduced in this class. Ancient Greek myths are retold as they relate to art and everyday life.
Pottery at the Wheel
This ancient art form is introduced in a weekly class. Students are shown how to shape and form basic vessels on the pottery wheel.
What do we mean by creative? What makes writing creative? Following the underlying assumption that if you don’t understand something properly you can’t do it. We examine the basics of prose and poetry, of metaphors and discursive writing, of what constitutes style, of what makes some writing clumsy and other writing elegant. Students will be encouraged to produce their own writing from week one, but we will look at what problems each writer has and how these might be solved and their writing improved. Students will only need a pen, paper and a brain. Not neccessarily in that order.
In this engaging class we escape our heads and move our bodies to unlock the power of play and improvisation in work and life.
This weekly class is based on Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way”. We work with the daily and weekly exercises in her book to unblock inner creativity.
Systems and Infrastructure
This five-day overview of systems and infrastructure will review infrastructure as it relates to key areas of our everyday lives. This course will provide an overview of infrastructure and develop specifics as they relate to water and power, transportation, communication, space and the future. Students will leave the course with a broader understanding of where their ideas and innovations are most needed within existing frameworks.
Using locally found materials and the school’s machines we create wind powered kinetic sculptures. The importance of iterative design and field testing are discussed as we let loose our creations on the beaches of Paros.
The exciting world of sewable electronics, flexible circuits, and painted circuits is introduced in this accessible introduction to electronics design and production.
Students will design their own toys and games in this experiential course. We gather weekly to test the new games and enjoy old ones.
Students are led on weekly excursions throughout Paros island and the Cyclades. These adventures refuel a sense of creative spirit and adventure. Examples of excursions include a hike to the top of an ancient monastery with a picnic lunch of local fruits, a horseback riding trip along mountains and into the sea, a boat trip around the islands and a tour of an organic local farm.
Once a week we gather for tea time to commune, discuss ideas for the week ahead, enjoy baked goods, Greek sweets and relax.