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Basic Machining: Perfecting the Square | LearnX

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Session led by John Flory

Everyone can cut metal with a power saw or a hacksaw, but what do you do when you cut is not square or if your part needs to be more accurate? Discover how effortlessly you can work with metal on a milling machine and learn the basics of milling machine setup and function, and how to make a part perfectly square.

Location: Wilbur Powerhouse 101

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A Lucid Reality: Pioneering a Virtual Frontier | LearnX

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Session led by Luis Villegas

With the recent popularity of Virtual Reality, we are seeing an ever-growing catalogue of games and experiences like we’ve never seen before. Education, medicine, architecture, and entertainment are just a few fields using this immersive technology. For many, this technology seems intimidating to work with. How does it all work? Why does it feel “real”? Learn the science behind how VR tricks your brain, and what it is that induces the feeling of “presence”. Get a high level view of the VR Development workflow, and get a behind the scenes look at a VR tour of Mountaintop Bay C using the HTC Vive. Please join our discussion on how this truly interdisciplinary technology can change multiple fields, and see how you can become a pioneer in this virtual frontier.

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Personal Finance and Retirement Planning | LearnX

Monday, March 5, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Anne-Marie Anderson, Professor of Finance

Need to learn how to take care of "adult" finances before you leave college? Attend this LearnX session, covering personal budgets, starting retirement planning, and any other questions you may have about paying bills and taking care of your finances independently.

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Fire! Fire! Intro to Welding | LearnX

Monday, March 5, 2018 from 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

Session led by Brian Slocum, Managing Director of Design Labs and Wilbur Powerhouse

Bright lights and molten metal -- what could be more fun? Welding is an art and a skill. Come revel in the local history of Bethlehem Steel as you pick up the torch and lay down a bead of metal (or two or three). Amaze your friends with your new found ability to permanently join together two pieces of structural steel!

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Final Cut ProX | LearnX

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Steve Lichak, Senior Media Production Specialist in the Digital Media Studio.

Final Cut Pro X is a revolutionary app for creating, editing, and producing the highest-quality video. In this LearnX event we will learn all of the basic functions necessary to import, edit and export your video and graphic projects. We’ll also take a tour of the DMS Studio to see what tools are available for your creations.

Location: Digital Media Studio, EWFM Library

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Podcasting | LearnX

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Jarret Brown, Media Production Specialist

In this workshop we will discuss all aspects of Podcasting. We will explore best practices, and receive tips on how to plan, produce & deliver a good podcast.

Location: Digital Media Studio, EWFM Library

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How To Be Happy | LearnX

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Prof. Mark Orrs, Director, Sustainable Development program.

Feel like you're pursuing happiness more often than you're actually experiencing and sustaining it? In this workshop we will introduce some perspectives and tools intended to help improve your well-being right here, right now, in any present moment.

Location: To be determined

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Making Killer Posters | MakeX

Friday, March 30, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Teranda Donatto, Instructor at International Center for Academic and Professional English

This session will identify strategies for making an effective poster that conveys the main content while also catching the audience's attention. The participants will discuss what information to include on the poster as well as how to make the poster aesthetically appealing to the audience.

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Poster Pitches | LearnX

Monday, April 2, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Elena Reiss, Instructor at International Center for Academic and Professional English

Learn to make a perfect pitch for your poster. In addition to discussing general presentation skills, this workshop will highlight strategies for giving a successful overview of the topic and addressing questions from the audience.

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Fulbrights and Other Scholarships | LearnX

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Bill Hunter

So now that you have a college degree, what comes next? For students looking to continue their studies after graduation, come explore all of the funding options available to you. From Fulbrights that include travel and research to a long list of other scholarships, there are many different paths you can take after graduation. Come learn what these look like and which ones may be the best for you.

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Social Innovation & Enterprise in the Lehigh Valley | SprintX

Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress.

Social entrepreneurship is the use of the techniques by start up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.

The Lehigh Valley has a thriving, diverse economy and is a desirable place for entrepreneurs to come to start or grow their businesses. It wasn’t always like this. 30 years ago, the economy was dependent on two industries that were in their period of decline – steel & trucks. It took a great deal of innovative thinking and collaboration to create an infrastructure and culture to support & promote entrepreneurship and move toward a more diverse economy. Ben Franklin Technology Partners led the way as a collaborative effort between the state and private investors. Local economic development agencies followed in their support of entrepreneurship.

In this SprintX, we will explore in more detail where successful social innovation has happened and is currently happening in the Lehigh Valley. How did this social innovation happen? What are the elements of successful, impactful collaboration?

We will also explore the connection between Entrepreneurship and Social Change. Is Entrepreneurship purely a business phenomenon? Innovation happens in all sectors; for-profit, non-profit and government. How can we spread the spirit of Entrepreneurship into all aspects of our community to create opportunities for cross-collaboration and joint problem solving at a more systemic level?

The Lehigh Valley Social Impact Center is a co-working and event space where social entrepreneurs and other local changemakers can come together to discuss topics of importance to the community and seek the resources needed to move from ideas to action. We are currently located in the Pi (Partnership for Innovation) space at 520 Evans Street in South Bethlehem. We are planning to move to a new space early in the new year.

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Finding Your Voice: Tips for Public Speaking | LearnX

Monday, April 16, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Bill Whitney and Joanna Whitney, Adjunct Professors, Department of Theatre

It is the number one phobia, yet it is an essential skill in any walk of life - we all need to be able to have confidence (or at least fake it) as public speakers. The core of public speaking is knowing yourself first, and being able to utilize your voice and physicality to convey meaning, intention, and information effectively to your audience. This workshop will engage participants in a series of exercises, games, and test cases to help establish basic public speaking skills.

Location: Fowler Black Box Theatre, Zoellner Arts Center

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A Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market | LearnX

Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 4:10 PM-5:30 PM

Session led by Prof. Jesus Salas, Perella Department of Finance.

This quick workshop will cover the basics of the stock exchange, teaching students everything they need to know to get started trading: How can students invest in the stock market in a "relatively" safe way? How do they open their own stock trading account (that does not charge too much money)? How should I decide when to get out?

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