Café Scientifique on Mon., Aug. 3

Monday, August 3, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Carnegie Science Center

young girl pressing colorful buttons which fill the wall

Café Sci is going VIRTUAL on Mon., Aug. 3!


Doug DeHaven
Exhibits Designer Mechatronics
Carnegie Science Center

Virtual Café Sci: The Button Wall

What’s 8-feet long and 200 buttons that set off all sorts of sights and sounds throughout the gallery? It’s the Science Center’s fan-favorite attraction, The Button Wall!

Learn about the creation process from napkin sketch to completion with the Science Center’s own head of mechatronics Doug DeHaven. From the hand-cramping fun of terminating over 2,000 ends on 200+ feet of wire to the programmatic journey of getting 27 Arduino’s talking to each other, it’s a behind-the-scenes discussion of one of the world’s largest interactive button walls! 

Through interactive prototyping, visitor testing, and engagement in science, learn how the wall can control powerful thunderstorms, make a submarine dive deep underwater, and deploy cascades of tomatoes all through the fingertips (and imaginations) of early learners.

About our Virtual Café Sci:
The event is FREE to attend, but preregistration is required! Once you sign up, you’ll get an email confirmation with instructions on how to enter the event. Have a question for Doug? You’ll be able to type your questions in the Q&A section during the presentation! 

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