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October 9 – 3D Printing Virtual Workshop

Glowing Jack-O-Lantern
Friday, October 9 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Design Your Own Spooky, Glowing Halloween Decoration! An LED bulb and battery will light up your creation.

$40 for kids 9 years old and up
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October 23 – micro:bit Virtual Workshop

Voice Activated LEDs

Friday, October 23rd, 2020
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Use code and a micro:bit expansion board to make colorful LEDs respond to your voice!

$35/$51 for ages 9 and up
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Roblox II Afterschool Class

You know a few methods in Roblox Studio, so create your own adventure-style game. Map, make a custom tool to harvest and collect with and sell those in the store for upgrades. Build obstacles and puzzles into the game, then see how they work when you play with other students.

Age Range: 10-14

Roblox I Afterschool Class

Learn the basics of programming by creating your own Roblox games using Roblox Studio. Begin with starter projects and learn to create game environments and items and learn Lua code by modifying existing scripts to improve the starter games.

Age Range: 10-14

Minecraft II Afterschool Class

This class builds on what students learned in previous classes by creating more complex Minecraft games and developing code for more interesting game play.

Age Range: Ages 10-14

Minecraft I Afterschool Class

Introduction to Minecraft Modding, or coding changes to the basic Minecraft game using Java. Students will use a drag-and-drop version of Java to create mini-games and learn about methods and variables, conditionals and loops.

Age Range: Ages 10-14

Natural-born inventors -or- What happens when a computer creates

This week has me thinking again about some of the historical impediments to Black inventors, although in a modern context, that has very little to do with civil rights. Remember that historic rules requiring inventors to state their citizenship were used to prevent Black inventors from filing patents. Thankfully, that roadblock eased over time. But […]

Black Inventors Historically Denied Rights Under Patent Law

The U.S. legal system has both helped and hindered racial justice through our history, including the Supreme Court rulings that have ranged from horrifically racist mistakes to iconic civil rights victories.  On the one hand, there’s the notorious Dredd Scott decision, which said that no Black person could be a citizen or sue someone in court.  […]

Inventions that might make you say “What???”

Some inventions are important.  Some relate to complex technology.  Some are strange, silly, dangerous, or all three wrapped together.  Next week we’ll post about a more serious side of patents.  But for this week, here are some more examples of inventions that might make you say “What???” When I was a kid, my dog would […]

Volunteer Citizen Scientists Make BOINC Supercomputer

It’s an exciting break from day-to-day emails or Web-surfing to check out BOINC and say, “Oh, look, the computer’s searching for pulsars now.” I am typing this on what looks like a perfectly normal laptop computer. I’m at home, comfortable; I have music on. It’s a calm evening. But behind this normalcy, there are larger […]