UCF Camp Connect

We had the pleasure of working w/ UCF Camp Connect this summer. Every year UCF hosts various STEM related camps, workshops, and activities for K-12 students. From their website: “Camp Connect is a week-long day camp that introduces students to a variety of engineering disciplines such as Electrical, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil, Environmental, Construction,…

STEM Night @ OSS

Last night we participated in Orlando Science School Elementary‘s “Family Technology Night.” This time we brought along an IR sensing teddy bear. The kids (and parents) really enjoyed seeing how cool/hot they were – and learning about different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. We presented the following exhibits: IR camera connected to Raspberry Pi 3…

Dilmer Valecillos

Dilmer Valecillos documents his life as an indie game developer – the passion, the challenges, and the step-by-steps with Unity and Maya. The challenges include programming and API hurdles, life as an indie, and balancing work and family. He has recorded literally hundreds of videos in a video blog style series and hosted them on…

STEM Night @ PHA

We joined The Parke House Academy for their STEM night this year. They had LEGOs, a human-powered snowcone maker, Code-a-Pillars, plastic bottle boats, an IR camera, block-coding, etc. We presented the following exhibits: IR camera connected to Raspberry Pi 3 Kano Pixel Kit w/ various custom programs CSFirst block coding Lightbot simple electronics circuits (button…

Words to Remember

“I don’t think science is hard to teach because humans aren’t ready for it, or because it arose only through a fluke, or because, by and large, we don’t have the brainpower to grapple with it. Instead, the enormous zest for science that I see in first-graders and the lesson from the remnant hunter-gatherers both…

Liam’s Pixel Man

Parke House Academy 3rd-grade student Liam Kimes used our Kano Pixel Kit to create a pixel man, as well as complete the exercises that come with their software. He was able to easily apply the MIT Scratch block code format learned at school to the Kano software, and he liked that he was able to…

Girls Coding Club @ OSS

We had the honor of working with Ashlynn Christian and her Girls in Coding Club at Orlando Science Schools Elementary for a few months this year. Most of the girls are in 3rd grade, and they used Google’s CS-First to create custom stories and complete specific challenges. The learned about input, events, loops, and moving…

Math Education Game Released

Cacti Council volunteer and Full Sail University student Pablo Bernal-Alarcon, together with a team of artists and subject matter experts, developed an educational math game for kids called The Adventures of Ana & Sebastian. A full credit list of contributors is available in game. The game centers around two protagonists, Ana & Sebastian, who travel…