MIT Hosts Camera Engineering Workshop for High School Girls
On Saturday, June 4, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory held a one-day, hands-on workshop for 40 high school girls focused on introductory camera physics and technology.
The workshop, Girls Who Build Cameras, is part of the Girls Who Build series of workshops sponsored by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, MIT OpenCourseWare and SolidWorks.
Girls Who Build aims to increase the number of women in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by providing "educators
and girls with curriculums that show what engineering is and how it is
applied," according to information on the Girls Who Build site.
in the Girls Who Build Cameras workshop worked in teams of four, with
each team guided by a volunteer from the Lincoln Laboratory, MIT or one
of various companies around Massachusetts. None of the girls had ever
programmed before the workshop, but afterwards "90 percent said they
wanted to continue learning to code," according to MIT News.
Activities in the Girls Who Build Cameras workshop included:
- Tearing down a digital SLR camera;
- Introduction to cameras;
address by Kristin Clark, a researcher from the Optical Engineering
Group at Lincoln Lab, who spoke about her research in space cameras;
- Building a camera using a Raspberry Pi single-board computer;
address by Uyanga Tsedev, a graduate student in mechanical engineering
at MIT, who spoke about her research creating imaging probes for
surgeons to identify tumors;
- Introduction to image processing;
- Learning to program Instagram filters using the Processing programming language; and
- Demonstrations of a light-field camera, photogrammetry and 3D scanning.
The Girls Who Build Camera curriculum will be published on the MIT OpenCourseWare site, where anybody can access it.
Further information about the workshop series can be found on the Girls Who Build site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.