Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Inventor's Workshop--THIS THURSDAY AT RES!

Richmond Elementary School, in conjunction with
Vermont State Science Fair and the Society of Women Engineers is proud to present our first:

Thursday November 13th, 2014
5:30 – 7:30pm
RES Gym/Library
Cost: 1$ per Student (to cover cost of disposable resources, scholarships available)

What is an Inventor’s Workshop?

This workshop is a family-friendly event to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, science and technology.  Students will work with their families to create!  Activities will be facilitated by engineers and teachers, but tasks will be open ended and creative.  Families will have an opportunity to learn together as they experience the fun of making / building / constructing / designing and more! A variety of activities will be available to challenge students from Grades K – 8.

Do I need to preregister? 
No! All are welcome!

What should I bring?
Bring your creative spirit and if possible a few dollars to support any disposable materials that are used!

We hope to see you there!

Activities planned for our workshop include:

Cardboard Challenge:  Create with cardboard! The possibilities are endless!

Building a fort with Bloxes!  Bloxes are life-sized cardboard building blocks. They're used as furniture, walls, and forts by Google, Twitter, Mozilla, and many more.  Now you can try building with this elusive construction material.

Making a keyboard with bananas!  MaKey MaKey Boards are electronic devices that convert many regular objects into keys on your computer to control programs like Scratch or videos games.  Objects that are conductive, even slightly, like fruit or people, can be used with the MaKey.  

Creating lighted artwork with throwies!  LED Throwies are LEDs connected to coin batteries to create artwork with light.  They can be added to greeting cards or origami, or used to create nightlights or glowing badges.

Squishy Circuits:  Make three dimensional artwork with lights and moving parts out of play dough!  

Creating interactive circuits with littleBits!  littleBits are electronic modules that snap together with magnets to make circuits.  Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, motors, etc), and modules snap together to make larger circuits. Just as LEGOs allows you to create complex structures with little blocks, littleBits are small, simple, blocks that make creating sophisticated electronic circuits a matter of snapping pieces together.

Building programmable robots and machines with LEGOs!  LEGO Wedo & Mindstorms are Legos, hardware and software that can be used to create custom programmable robots and machines. They include an intelligent brick computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and LEGO parts from the Technics line.

Creating abstract art with a digital microscope!  DinoXcope Art is artwork created using a digital microscope to photograph intentional arrangements of materials.  

Programming Arduinos!   Sparkfun Inventor's Kit with Arduino Uno & breadboards allow you to build simple circuits and control them using a programmable microcontroller.  Lilly Pad is a test board with lights and sound to which you can upload Arduino code.  The components on Lilly Pad can be sewn onto fabric using stainless steel thread to create wearable interactive clothing or objects.

Programming interactive games with Scratch!  Scratch is a visual programming language.  Use colorful interlocking building blocks of code like legos to build interactive games and programs.

Please contact Darcie Rankin, darcie.rankin@cesuvt.org with questions. 

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