City of the Future: Show and Tell at the Lycee

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City of the Future: Show and Tell at the Lycee
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This spring, our Maker Art students at the Lycée Français in Sausalito created a City of the Future together, using arts and electronics to make a model of what our world may be like in 100 years.

Their floating city is called Ghost Terraces. It is a luxury resort for rich old snobs who come there to get extra body parts, as well as mutant sharks, robot maids, human clones and alien visitors. It features futuristic wonderbox homes created by each student, as well as public spaces developed collaboratively, such as: an underwater cove, a sandy beach, an art gallery, a suspended bridge, skyscrapers and a moon hotel.

In our tenth and final class this school year, we hosted five ‘show and tells, first with other students, then with parents. Four different classes came to see the exhibit, and our students demoed for them like champs. And we had a great turnout from parents and family at 4:30pm as well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the presentations.

Through this course, students developed a range of skills, from creative expression to science and engineering (STEAM). And they created their own interactive art with simple electronics, in a playful way that makes learning more fun.

It was a real pleasure to teach this after-school course with my partner Cynthia Gilbert. Our students accomplished a lot in a short amount of time and learned many new skills, which we hope will serve them well in the future, such as collaboration, creative expression and problem-solving. And they learned to create interactive art with simple electronics, in a playful and collaborative way that makes learning more fun.

To plan our next steps, we asked students to take a quick survey about this maker art course: overall, they found the class ‘very good’; about three quarters would like to take it again; and most would recommend it to a friend. One student summed it up pretty well: ‘I learned how fun technology is.’ They also gave us some good suggestions for planning future courses.

We are very happy to see our students so engaged in this hands-on, project-based, student-driven activity. This bodes well for this educational program, and we look forward to offering more maker art courses for youth in lower and middle-schools this fall.

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The Birth of a Hacker Culture
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Joshua Singer and Abhinav Suri

The Birth of a Hacker Culture
When you think of a hacker, what do you think of? A man who breaks into your bank accounts? Someone who steals important documents? To programmers, though, it’s actually a compliment. The new definition of hacker is “a clever programmer.” And within San Antonio and the United States, there are too few of these clever hackers. How do we increase this number? By building a culture of hacking. Through hackathons, maker-fairs and side projects, we can build a culture of hacking that leads to innovation. In this talk, you’ll learn of the various efforts that are underway, as well as how you can be a part of the culture and become a hacker too!

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