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Well hi, my name is Michael Dorsey, a computer engineer student currently doing Co-op at LVL1. Right now, I'm working on two projects relating to gaming, one of them having to do with fusing a game console with a projector to make it "all-in-one," similar to how people have been also modifying game consoles to become portable.

The other project I'm working is attempting to modify a game controller with the use of a micro-controller. I'm not fully sure how I'm going to go about doing this as I'm still in the middle of research and trying to plan this all out. However, hopefully by the beginning of next month I'll have made much progress on my work. For now, here are some pictures that reflect the ideas of my projects.

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Nothing quite like the satisfaction of having something work just like you wanted.  Its true no matter what field you go into.  When it comes to making your own game, its something you get every day.  I'm a week into mine, just now implementing my game's (a turn based strategy) combat mechanics, and I can get drawn in.  Monday I sat for four hours straight working on converting the basic collision detection between units to implement some damage dealing combat.  When I was done though, I was ecstatic.  Yes there were still minor bugs, but in the scheme of things, I'd accomplished something.


Civil Engineer student.  My project is to replicate and study Structural Health Monitoring systems. (i.e. sensors that monitor the stress and strain of support beams).  I don't have much to show yet; still in research mode. But here is a photo I like, I hope you enjoy.

Sword in the Stone


LVL1 is currently seeking instructors and study group leaders for curriculum that would interest the Louisville community.  During the last 3 months of this year, we hope to have a mixture of Classes, Workshops, and Study Groups.  Here are the differences between the 3:

  • Study Group - A free online class from some outstanding universities that are self paced with a video/online instruction.  These are free to the public and will be absolutely free at the space.
  • Workshop - A one night (sometimes two) information session on a topic or an activity.  These normally cost between $10 to $50 depending on the workshop. Price should include any supplies required.
  • Classes - 6 to 8 sessions of 2-3 hours each over a 6 to 8 week period covering a topic in depth which includes course goals and hands on experience.  Target cost is $100 per student, most of which goes to the instructor as compensation.


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