Hands On Experiments

Information about each of the hands on assignments is below — including links to the resources you might find useful and the Report document.

NOTE: These assignments should take approximately 2.5 hours total. 30-45 minutes playing with existing tools (VR/Chat bots), 1 1/2 hours trying to do it yourself and 30 minutes writing up the report.

Hands On #1: AI

Chatbots — When you aren’t there to live chat

AI: engage with a chat bot on Facebook or on a website. When is it real and when is it a bot? How can you tell? Now try creating a chat bot or create small robot.

Tools & Demos:





Video Demo: https://photos.app.goo.gl/aj9cNghR1j2p1Hnd9

Demo Report Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KEckUP9yHwZj6oN9IjjwLIlVna6bbpKGYX5rdQz35sE/edit?usp=sharing

Hands On #2 AR/VR/XR/MR

Engage in a VR arts performance or AR art show.  What was it like? What worked? What didn’t? Now, try making your own VR/AR/MR/XR — (single no longer than 2 minutes of XR).

Report Form


https://ar-js-org.github.io/AR.js/ https://jeromeetienne.github.io/AR.js-docs/posts/post-XX-how-to-use-arjs-with-aframe.html



Or create a room in Mozilla Hubs: https://hubs.mozilla.com/ or a meeting room in Spatial VR https://spatial.io

Also, Instructables has tons of great crowdsourced projects in all of these topics: https://www.instructables.com/circuits/

Hands on #3 NFTs

NFT’s are either an artwork in themselves on a blockchain (think Beeple) or a placeholder for a piece of art that is larger (NFT’s have size limitations: )

There is a charge to MINT an NFT but there are work arounds:

We are asking you to use a marketplace akin to Opensea or other of you choice to see how the marketplace behaves (that’s your ‘playwith’).

Then consider your art-form of choice, and how an NFT might be sold as commemoratives or as “stock” in a future offering or as a tokenized ownership of a larger piece of art.

Report Form


The following links will guide you through creating an NFT – you do NOT need to actually MINT it. The first article talks about how you can set up a wallet for free and then walk through the entire process for creating the NFT up until minting. This is a free process 🙂

How to Create and Sell NFTs for Free | PetaPixel

How To Mint an NFT: A Definitive Guide (beincrypto.com)

Non-fungible tokens (NFT) in CAI (adobe.com)

Minting Your NFT: File Size Upload Limitations and Restrictions – Cyber Scrilla

Hands On Extra Credit

Your choice (individualized experiment — what do you want to try? 3-D Printing (skylab.ideate.cmu.edu), build a robot? Web Scraping? You pick! – can do workshops too https://resources.ideate.cmu.edu/ ). Make an app. Make a website from scratch. Listen to your gut — what sounds fun? (remember MAX 3 hours to play and then report out)

Report Form

For coding fun try Scratch from MIT
Learn on your own: https://www.codecademy.com/

Visual Data Scraper explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RTAg-qu3X4

Or use extensions in our browsers

Scraper.io (firefox)
Create login with Firefox
Install extension
Login to the website
Click recipe, create one, run


https://cloud.webscraper.io/login (chrome or firefox)
Create login (use CMU)
Download extension
Set up account / watch videos
Click on Community Site Maps
Pick one you want to play with

Webscraping Explanation: https://amt-lab.org/blog/2020/2/web/scraping/data/scraping?rq=web%20scraping