Integrated circuits are the cornerstone of all modern electronics. Our coding an electronics station allows users to play with volumetric datasets generated by from NASA space missions and other observations of natural phenomena. Try your hand at designing and building your own computational machines.
There are a variety of new wifi lighting systems that enable users to control room lighting from a smart phone or tablet. With a bit of ‘python’ coding and raspberry pi we were able to modify the lights to respond to live data from NASA’s Coordinated Community Modeling Center! Now every 20 minutes the lights in the lab change to a color that best represents the current level of magnetic activity around the earth (green, yellow or red).
Using an 8x8x8 volumetric display, coded through an arduino uno, we will be displaying aurora borealis data from when the particles enter our atmosphere to the photon collisions causing the rays of light. This tool allows us to see how the data moves in space while also displaying the color saturated lights in a dynamic way.