Kids + Robots + Programming = FUN

 

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People logically solve problems every day. Do you go left or right at the light? Which will be faster and why? Programming is just another way we logically go about life. It is not magical or mysterious, but it is pretty dang cool.

Goal:

Our Sphero events are being designed to show people how much fun you can have solving problems. We want to get kids excited about technology.   We plan to use block style programming allowing them to control a small spherical robot, the Sphero.

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Details:

Kids do not need any experience with technology to partake in these events. Upon completion, our students will be able to write block programs that control robots. In more advanced level events, we will drop the block programming and write the commands by hand.

This also has a maker component. Imagine using the Sphero to drive a machine. You could build anything (well not anything but something really cool). We will be working with local maker spaces to give our students the ability to build machines that are powered by the Sphero.

We also plan to do family programming events. We want moms and dads playing with their kids while learning about technology.

  Disclaimer:   Dads will have to share a robot with their family AND let them help ;)

Disclaimer: Dads will have to share a robot with their family AND let them help ;)

 

Our Need:

We are in the fundraising phase for this project. A contribution now will be a contribution to many events in the future and the future itself. The hardware we need purchase will be used again and again to support technical education in our community. Hardware needed includes Sphero devices and a control device like a tablet or a phone. The Sphero device is the true need as we can have people bring their own tablet or phone.


Total needed to start:

Approx. total: $1325


Total needed to be self sustained (students do not need a tablet/phone):

Approx. total: $4800


We have been invited to run a mini event at the Truckee Steam Fair on November 3d. This will be a spring board event to expose this to our community.

We need you to empower us to empower others.

Contact me if you can help.

Jordan Papaleo

jordan@tahoejs.com

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