Aspire IT–Introducing Middle School Girls to STEM One Step At a Time

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Aspire IT is a program I have founded in my high school through funding by NCWIT to provide local community's middle school girls an opportunity to be involved in the STEM field, particularly in computing or technology. Since less than 12% of Computer Science bachelor degrees awarded were given to women, it is crucial that these girls are informed that they, too, have the power to program and change the world with codes. I want to present this piece of information to the public, and inspire others to show that anyone and everyone can start a program to benefit these girls and change the status quo where IT is seemingly a 'men only' field.


    Making a Maker

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    Parents, are your kids MAKING a difference? rnIn their own lives, their families or their communities?rnThe formation of a child, a teen or even an adult as an inspired MAKER takes a conscious effort on the part of parents, teachers and mentors. Ideally, all work together to create a lively, passionate, enjoyable culture of lifelong MAKING. rnLongtime MAKER Faire friend Ben Hylak (White House Science Fair 2012, MAKER Faire (NYC 2011) five Blue Ribbon winner, Disney Teen Mentor) and his mom team up in a light, inspiring presentation to share what each did right - or wrong! - on the way to encouraging the MAKING mentality.


      Levitating Wirelessly Powered Sound Circuits

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      Fine artist Alexander Leonhart talks about his exploration and first creations as he delved into interactive media in graduate school. In search of the strange and wonderful, he transitioned from whimsical constructed photography works to bringing tangible experiences with uncanny electrical operations to his pieces. Meandering the new media world, and after many failed attempts, he created unique levitating wirelessly powered circuits and paper synthesizers sculptures.n


        DIYing the Smart Home with WeMo Maker

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        In this presentation, members of the WeMo engineering team will showcase the limitless creativity and customization the WeMo maker brings to the DIY/Maker community. Watch them wire up a model smart home using the WeMo maker to illustrate how easy it is to bring the home of the future to your existing house and all that it will allow you to do. Perfect for hobbyists that have mastered wiring skills, but lack sophisticated coding skills, the WeMo maker connects nearly any device controlled with a DC switch to the WeMo ecosystem and IFTTT making the possibilities almost endless.


          Educational Makerspaces: Re-inventing the learning experience.

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          A look at best practices and examples of makerspaces and programs specifically in education spaces (K-12 and College. How these programs can enhance traditional learning and how educational spaces differ from traditional makerspaces. Examples will be from the Dallas Area as we are a thriving maker community with ~10 k-12 makerspaces, a thriving university space (SMU Innovation GYM), and one of the countries largest community makerspaces (Dallas Makerspace)


            Making Makers

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            Most adult makers had pretty interesting childhoods! In this panel makers will tell us about what they were like as kids and how that relates to a maker mindset.


              Computer Music Embodiment and Interactive Sound Design

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              The presentation will be focused on discussing the possibilities available on the market and techniques that allow the use of BioFeedback sensors to compose, perform and interact with music. Adriano's talk will focus on the importance of Kinesthetic for the development of Performance arts and will analyze his collection of work including the use of: Kinect, Leapmotion, iOS, accelerometers and several other ways to control and interact with the computer in the music making process. The presentation will analyze the Interactive Sound Design approach of Adriano Clemente


                Learn Arduino with Robots

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                Building robots that sense and interact with the environment is a great way to learn about Arduino. This talk gives an overview of how Arduino controlled robots are being used to teach technical skills


                  Making Emotion

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                  The talk explores the relationship between humans and objects, and the ways designers, computer scientists and makers could exploit the affective bonds that can emerge with tools, furniture, computers and other daily used crafts.nIt gives an overview of which means could be used to exploit such relationships into designing interactive artifacts, to affect mood, environment and lifestyle.nFinally it provides concrete examples of projects that could developed following these principles, using digital fabrication techniques, electronics and programming.nThe workshop is part of the research activities carried on in FabLab Cascina, by programme


                    Teaching Tech to UnderRepresented Youth: Tech Kids Unlimited & Black Girls Code

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                    While the technology sector is booming and more jobs are created--how do we ensure that underrepresented youth are taught the same tech skills as their peers so that they can have a chance at employment? Join kids and representatives from Tech Kids Unlimited, a non profit which teaches technology to kids who learn differently along with Black Girls Code, a non profit devoted to teaching African-American girls to code to talk about the importance of all kids learning technology and programming skills for future employment.


                      Announce Selection of 2014-2015 New York Next Top Makers

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                      Announce selection of 6 companies to participate in the 2014-15 New York's Next Top Makers year-long Studio Incubation Program.
                      The companies are being selected by a panel of expert judges including Maker Faire's Sherry Huss, Makers Row's Tanya Menendez, Microsoft's John Paul Farmer and Power Clip's Robin Reid, who was a 2013 Next Top Maker
                      The NYCEDC program serves as a catalyst for NYC-based hardware startups, innovative technologists and design-driven entrepreneurs to take their prototypes to market
                      Sponsors include Microsoft, Autodesk Fusion 360, Capital One Labs and Capital One Investing for Good.


                        Tinkering without friction

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                        'Electronics is not for me', 'I want to MAKE stuff, not code'. Circuit boards are killing home making. While Computers, 3D printers and Laser cutters are making the leap to be friendly enough for everyone to use, digital electronics are struggling to make the leap to be approachable and useable for the masses, creating a clique of the geek. Pimoroni talk about making the leap to playful, helpful, low-friction digital electronics, for everyone.


                          Tinkering In the Digital Age – Hacking LEGO

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                          My work is now focused on releasing a full Debian image that runs on the LEGO EV3 - this makes it comparable to the Raspberry Pi in capabilities
                          As interesting side note, we ma be able to work something out with Shubham Banerjee - a well known young student that created the Braigo (LEGO Braille printer) based on my original model


                            Ultimaker: Open Source & Backwards Compatible

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                            Maintaining Open-Source Status and backwards compatibility: two unconventional values that distinguish Ultimaker. Our Chief Evangelist Officer (CEO) Erik de Bruijn presents on both, with Ultimaker demos.


                              Making! @ Computer Clubhouses

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                              The roots of MAKE are also the core values of the 20+ year old Clubhouse culture--learning fueled by interest in innovation and seeded in peer-sharing, designing solutions collaboratively, using everyday materials and expertise. The international Intel Making @ Clubhouses initiative sustains a network of facilitation and new activities development fueled by youth empowerment and efficacy when members identify as Makers. Thanks to Intel and grassroots Making activities everyday in Clubhouses in 20 countries, Clubhouses host local Start Making! programs that are inclusive to underserved populations, especially female and minority youth.


                                Accessorize with Wi-Fi

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                                The new SimpleLink CC3100 and CC3200 solutions from TI allow you to add Wi-Fi to anything. With multiple tools including a new camera and audio BoosterPack and sample applications available, you can easily develop your IoT application. Get a sneak peek on these new accessory BoosterPacks and experience the CC3200 right out of the box.


                                  Make Tools, Not Products

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                                  The landscape of entrepreneurship is affected by the Maker Movement and Jesse Genet, Founder of Lumi, believes the most compelling companies are focusing on building tools instead of products. How can you turn your idea into a tool others can use?
                                  Genet will share her journey from selling fabric prints in the Los Angeles area to selling her Lumi printing kits in over 1400 stores and 40+ countries around the world. She'll explore how you can decide if your product or project idea would grow faster if you sold components and kits instead of finished goods.


                                    NASA Launching your Small Satellites

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                                    With the rise of the CubeSat community, secondary launch opportunities, and the maker movement, access to space has opened up to the American public in an unprecedented way. For very low-costs, independent groups of citizens can design, build, and with NASAs assistance launch their own spacecraft into orbit. This provides a historic opportunity to leverage the excitement of spaceflight to engage in a nation-wide workforce development initiative that would see new communities build their first spacecraft, revitalizing confidence and engineering capabilities across the nation.


                                      The Two Week Electric Kart

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                                      Students at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School worked after school over a two week period to build an electric kart. They came into the project with few tools, little knowledge of how electric vehicles worked or how to build one. They drove their kart at the Cape Cod Maker Faire. We will discuss the project, its challenges and successes. They got help from experts, and sourced materials from unusual places.


                                        Maker Education for the 2e Student

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                                        The challenges of Maker education for the twice exceptional learner illuminate significant issues for STEAM education in every context. Drawing from years of experience in hands-on learning, Kate Yourke will identify goals and obstacles both conceptual and practical, describing ways to enrich, differentiate, integrate and create with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. From guar gum to polarizing polymers, with needle felting, silkscreen and enamel, students have experienced the materials and processes of their built environment, gaining insight and making connections while enhancing executive function & coordination.


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