Bringing Making Out of the Maker Space

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Making builds confidence, sparks curiosity and helps kids discover new areas of expertise. Alison Evans Adnani believes the experience of making needs to be available to every child. Alison founded Maker Junior to bring maker programming out of the maker space and into classrooms, libraries and community centers. Alison will share:n- simple projects that allow for exploration and playn- tips for teaching techniquen- strategies for managing larger groups






TechGYRLS of YWCA of Silicon Valley

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The overarching mission of the TechGYRLS program is to empower girls, especially underrepresented girls, to explore and gain confidence with STEM, and to encourage them to pursue careers within STEM Fields. The program promotes creativity and innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, through exposure to making with our Young Makers program.






Rapid Prototyping with modular, open source hardware: Taking your ideas from concept to reality

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Modular hardware enables makers to prove out ideas and concepts rapidly. This allows new ideas to come to fruition more quickly, enabling makers to push the envelope by focusing on differentiation and innovation, rather than being bogged down by low-level bits and bytes. In addition, open source hardware creates a friendly community where makers and developers can collaborate and re-use tried and true solutions. No need to re-invent the wheel! This panel will provide valuable insights, trends, and key advantages so Makers can leverage such ecosystems for rapid prototyping. In addition, several engaging demos will be shown.



EDWARD the Robot

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EDWARD (Electronically Driven Wireless Autonomous Roving Droid) is a robot that maps its environment and navigates through a maze using its sensory input.




The Science of Being a Maker

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"Science Bob" Pflugfelder has shared his love for science with millions of people through his television appearances. He's also a maker that has built museum displays, science fiction props, and even his own R2-D2. He is passionate about science and making cool stuff. Join Bob to see how he combines his maker skills with his passion for science in this interactive, audience involved presentation. (Things might go boom.)