Our Trip to Costa Rica

On our trip to Costa Rica, we met many extraordinary people and saw many extraordinary places. If you want a summary of what we did just scroll down and check out what you missed!

Buisness Kids Costa Rica

Before Tech 101 Kids left for Costa Rica we came into contact with the owner of Business Kids Costa Rica and he invited us to present at his business location. So on Wednesday, July 26th, Tech 101 Kids made a visit to Business Kids Costa Rica. Here is where they teach the kids many different things related to business, economics, the job market, stocks and how to be an entrepreneur by starting your own business. They have two different meetings each week. One for the kids and one for the teenagers. The one we went to was the kid’s meet up on a Wednesday. The other meet up consisting of teenagers takes place every Saturday. We decided to make a visit and explain what Tech 101 Kids is and how we started. We then asked the kids….

Rubik’s Cube Competition in Costa Rica!

During our trip to Costa Rica, we made a visit to a Rubik’s Cube competition that the local library was holding. Not only was it very big but it also was very intricate. They had many different sections….

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Omar Dengo Foundation in Costa Rica

During our trip in Costa Rica, Tech 101 Kids paid a visit to the renowned Omar Dengo Foundation. The Omar Dengo Foundation is an amazing organization stationed in many countries in Latin and South America. They offer many different classes and courses covering many different fields and subjects such as…

 

 

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Our Visit to the Omar Dengo Foundation

 

During our trip in Costa Rica, Tech 101 Kids paid a visit to the renowned Omar Dengo Foundation. The Omar Dengo Foundation is an amazing organization stationed in many countries in Latin and South America. They offer many different classes and courses covering many different fields and subjects such as Science, Digital Citizenship, Inclusive education, Online learning, Business, Knowledge Management, Educational Informatics, Logic and Mathematics, Programming, Networks, Robotics, Health, and much more. Each one of those subjects has sub categories with even more classes.

They offer many different classes and courses covering many different fields and subjects such as Science, Digital Citizenship, Inclusive education, Online learning, Business, Knowledge Management, Educational Informatics, Logic and Mathematics, Programming, Networks, Robotics, Health, and much more. Each one of those subjects has sub categories with even more classes.

They also perform many research and evaluation projects. These efforts allow the implemented programs by the organization to create and convey educational models that integrate technology, evaluation and monitoring processes, which are all an important part of an integral educational vision. They gave us a quick tour of the facility and we saw where most of the classes took place. They also showed us a huge auditorium where they host classes in the summer and winter and Olympiads as well.

They gave us a quick tour of the facility and we saw where most of the classes took place. They also showed us a huge auditorium where they host classes in the summer and winter and Olympiads as well. They told us that they are doing this because they want to get more kids into technology and give them the chance they wouldn’t have at home. We thought that it was really great what they were doing for their community and the surrounding countries. As a little bonus at the end of the tour, they showed us a robot they recently had bought.

Here is a video of the robot in action. He is currently being used as their mascot for many events and advertising.

Over all we had a great time and we hope to be able to come back next year.

Rubik’s Cube Competition in Costa Rica!

During our trip to Costa Rica, we made a visit to a Rubik’s Cube competition that the local library was holding. Not only was it very big but it also was very intricate. They had many different sections of the competition. For, example the competition was not only for 3×3, but there was also, 4×4, 5×5, mega mix, and pyramid cube. There was also a beginner’s contest and an expert contest for each one of those cubes.

Here are some of the photos taken from the event, to see the full album click here

Business Kids Costa Rica

Before Tech 101 Kids left for Costa Rica we came into contact with the owner of Business Kids Costa Rica and he invited us to present at his business location. So on Wednesday, July 26th, Tech 101 Kids made a visit to Business Kids Costa Rica. Here is where they teach the kids many different things related to business, economics, the job market, stocks and how to be an entrepreneur by starting your own business. They have two different meetings each week. One for the kids and one for the teenagers. The one we went to was the kid’s meet up on a Wednesday. The other meet up consisting of teenagers takes place every Saturday. We decided to make a visit and explain what Tech 101 Kids is and how we started. We then asked the kids what they think and if they have their own businesses. To our surprise, almost all the kids have their own business. The kids told us of their own businesses which consisted of things like selling homemade cookies and school and selling origami door to door and other items. We thought it was great that the kids were being taught very important life lessons early on. This will help them get a lead in life in experience and help them with their later businesses. The kids are fascinated with virtual reality and so in preparation we brought the HoloTats with us and let the kids try them on. Seeing the augmented reality part only peaked their curiosity and ambition even more. If you would like to buy some HoloTats click the link here! After our presentation, we were invited to play a modified version of the popular game “Who Am I?” Only this time with Jobs and Businesses. Each person was given a card to put on their forehead. You were not allowed to look at your card at all but you can look at other people’s cards. Then when it was your turn you would have to ask a question which you think is related to your job such as, “Is my job related to clothes?” The people around you would then look at your card to see if you were correct or not. If you were then you know that your job has something to do with clothes. If not then you know that your job has nothing to do with clothes. The game would continue going until everyone guessed their correct job. I found this as a great way to expose and introduce different job opportunities and job options to the kids.

These are some the pictures taken of the kids and their HoloTats

Drone Day

On May 20th, Tech 101 Kids went to participate in the 2nd annual Drone day event sponsored by IDream Engineering. Students and teachers from the IDream Engineering program set up four stations in the school gym to teach everyone the basic principles of creating and flying a drone. One station for building, another for programming, and the last two stations for flying the drone.

In the first station, the students in charge were guiding participants on how to build your drone.

In the second station, participants were taught how to program the drone using block code similar to the programming method also used by Scratch.

Finally, it was time to test your robot in flight, the third station was a search and rescue mission, where you had to fly the drone through a maze to get to multiple checkpoints and back.

Then once you mastered flying the robot, you were able to move onto the fourth station, the obstacle course, where you had to pilot your drone through a series of obstacles. Once you’ve completed all of the stations; building, programming, and flying the drone, you would receive a prize, a fidget spinner, for all of your hard work. The student teachers there were very knowledgeable about drones and were excellent teachers since they could easily explain the science of the drone to the participants of the event.

We had a great time and learned a lot!  Thanks IDream Engineering for the invitation, looking forward next year’s Drone Day!

Tenafly Stem Night

Hello, it is me, Brandon and recently Tech 101 Kids had participated at a Stem Night at Tenafly. The event took place in a gym but also had extended into separate areas such as other classrooms and hallways. The volunteers were kids from the middle school. They were very helpful with setting up all the exhibits and providing us with what we needed. There were many exhibitions including ourselves that you could explore. For example, you could go racing with your friends using a power jack, walk on cartons of eggs without them breaking, or equip a 3D printed hand that would function with the flick of the wrist belonging to the Enable Community Foundation.

 

One of the exhibits that struck out to most people was the R2-D2 whirling around the gym. But as everyone knows R2-D2 is a wanted droid and before we knew it the Empire arrived. They marched in with their imperial officers at the head and the stormtroopers trailing behind. Immediately apprehending the droid they sought to return back to Darth Vader. However, they noticed the wide variety of exhibitions and decided to participate in many. They all belonged to the 501st Street Legion Club.

There were many other activities that were happening in other rooms and the hallways as well. If you were hungry you could go and grab a snack from the wide variety of food. There were kids sparring in the hallway using the Nintendo switch. In one room people were using the Oculus Rift and immersing themselves into a virtual reality. If there were too many people using the Rift can you could go to the room next to it and use the Vive. The Vive is just like the Rift but uses controllers as well. If you simply wanted to participate in teamwork activities you could head to the room filled with people in teams working on different projects.

 

In my opinion, I  would have to say that the stormtroopers and the walking on eggs were the best part. The stormtroopers walked around doing whatever they pleased. They traveled as a group of 3 consisting of a regular stormtrooper, a scout trooper, and a desert trooper.

As for the egg walking, I had partaken in the event. How it worked was that there were 6 cartons of eggs laid out, one for each foot. You would put one foot on the carton of eggs and try to spread out your weight as much as you can. You would then repeat with the other foot. Then you had to walk across all 6 cartons of eggs. I was very nervous that they would break since how could eggs hold up a person. None of the eggs so much as cracked. This is because each egg can hold up to 3.75 pounds on their weakest part. One object that has to constantly put pressure on these eggs would be the mother hens. The hen has to sit on the eggs to keep them warm so they have to be able to withstand pressure. But if you’ve ever tried to crack an egg, you would notice that it’s fairly easy. This is because the little chicks need a way to get out, which is done by repeatedly hitting one spot with their pecks. With all the pressure focused on one point, it cracks. The organization hosting this activity was Stem New Jersey.

Impressively almost all of the kids there knew how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. The school was jammed pack and I hope that I would be able to meet the StormTroopers again there next year.

 

Newark Mini Maker Faire 2017

On May 6th, Saturday morning, Tech 101 Kids attended the annual Newark Mini Maker Faire, wowing kids and adults with our spontaneous creations. This year was another great faire, where we displayed the classic innovations that everyone loves, the unforgettable Makey Makey, the impressive Mindstorms, the brain-teasing Rubik’s cubes, Joseph’s gizmos of fun, and the child-friendly SNM (Spinning Notecard Machine).

Along with the classics, we also brought a bundle of new creations with us. Like the HoloTats, an augmented reality tattoo that once put on becomes your own pet wherever you go! If you want to find out more about these tattoos make sure to check out their website and if you want to buy some check out our shop. Augmented reality business cards that you can check out more over here on a blog Brandon posted. With these, we also brought a chess set made out of entirely nuts screws and bolts! We had spent a few days making the set after getting the parts. You can check out our progress on the chess set by checking out our Instagram page. We were very excited to present these new attractions and see how kids responded to them. Luckily they were very welcomed! They were great attractions and brought spice to our station.

Unforgettable Makey Makeys
Spinning Notecard Machine
Augmented Reality Business Card
The MindCub3r

There were tons of other great attractions located all around the museum as well as outside of the museum.

 

Main Hall

Outside Exhibitors
Power Tool Drag Racing

It was a great experience and we can’t wait to be reinvited back next year!

Augmented Reality Business Card!

Recently I have been working on improving our business card. I realized that I could add as many colors and pictures as I wanted but what could make it stick out from the other business cards? What better way to do that than by incorporating today’s technology into it!

I turned our business card into an interactive augmented reality business card. With it, I added as many details and features while keeping it simple and easy to use. Some of the features it currently has are

  • A direct link to our
    • Instagram
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Youtube
    • Pinterest
  • A photo album of Happy the Tech Pug!
  • A self-composed email link if you have any questions
  • A link to our website
  • A schedule of all our events
    • Clicking on one will automatically add it to your calendar so you can keep up with all our events!
  • A preview of our new Engineering Club

In order to see our new augmented reality business card, all you need to do are 3 simple steps.

  1. Download Zappar from the App Store or the Google Play Store
  2. Scan this code when first launching up the app
  3. Scan the business card we have posted above.

And that’s it!

What you will be able to see is a business card with buttons all over!

Be sure to experiment and don’t be afraid to give us feedback.

Remember to press the little heart icon in the top right if you don’t want to keep coming back here and rescanning the code.

The best part is that when we update it, you won’t have to rescan. It will automatically update by itself!

Here is a photo of what it will look like

And here is a video of the card in action.

Makey Makey Minecraft Bow Tutorial by Tech 101 Kids

 

This is the Makey Makey Minecraft Bow Controlled Bow or  the MMMBCB for short.

For this project you will need the following items:

Option #1 If you want to shoot an arrow:

  • 1 Makey Makey
  • 1 Usb that connnects the Makey Makey to the computer
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 Bow
  • 2 Alligator Clips
  • Electrical Tape
  • Tin Foil
  • Minecraft Game

Option #2 If you want to shoot an arrow and turn left and right:

  • 1 Makey Makey
  • 1 Usb that connnects the Makey Makey to the computer
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 Bow
  • 2 Wires
  • 4 Alligator Clips
  • Electrical Tape
  • Tin Foil
  • Minecraft Game

Step One:   Layout all your materials on a flat surface.
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Step Two: Connect one side of the alligator clip to ground on the makey makey and connect the other side to the string of the bow. If the bow does not contain a rubber coating for the fingers then take tin foil and wrap it around the alligator clip and over the string securing the alligator clip in place.

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Step Three:  Take your other alligator clip and insert one end into the click on the makey makey. Take the other end and place it on the handle of the bow, wrap it in tinfoil once, and then tape electrical tape on the edges of the tinfoil so it doesn’t fall off.

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Step Four: Take your usb cable and connect it to your makey makey and computer. Pull up minecraft onto the computer and go into a game.

 

STEP FIVE**** This is a very crucial step, if you do not do it then the bow will not work.  Go into the settings of minecraft and change the left click to right click and right click to left click.

 

Step Six: If you followed all the steps correctly then it should work fine. Go ahead and try out your new bow

 

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Option #2

*Step Seven*: If you chose to go with Option #2 then do all the steps above and the next two steps.

 

Step Eight:  Take one of your wire and connect to A4. Connect the other end to the an alligator clip and place it somewhere near the handle of your bow so you can move while drawing back your bow. Wrap it in tin foil and surround it in electrical tape once.

 

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Step Nine: Do the same thing as in Step Eight but take a different wire and connect it to A3.

 

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And that just about wraps it up. Have fun and make sure to keep track for our next tutorial.

**Note**

Feel free to mess around and experiment with this project.

 

 

Learn more about the Makey Makey here

 

BUY your own makey makey here

Super Science Saturday 2017

On March 4, Tech 101 Kids packed our bags and headed off to the 29th Annual Super Science Saturday. Super Science Saturday is an annual event held in Ridgewood that promotes STEM activities and where you can go to present what you’ve been working on to crowds of people. The welcoming staff immediately welcomed us and showed us where we could setup. We had a lovely area visible from the entrance that was in the hallway that led to the cafeteria, so we were able to capture the attention of people going to and from the cafeteria. The Goldilocks spot is what we like to call it.

After we finished unpacking we had all the fan favorites laid out. We had Bryan in charge of the Makey Makey piano and along with the old classic, the Makey Makey Flabby Physics game. Joseph was showing off all his inventions and also everything from the Rubik’s cubes to the Meccanoid. I was in charge of the Mindstorms which included the classic MindCub3r along with a new one that we had built beforehand, KRAZ3. Along with all these, we also had a newcomer to join our ranks, the HoloTats. The HoloTats are tattoos of anything from a shark to a butterfly that looks like a traditional tattoo until you look at them through the HoloTats app on your phone. Suddenly that shark on your arm becomes alive and can move around freely. The HoloTats made for an amazing addition and with it, we were able to show everyone the breathtaking future of augmented reality.

We had a lot of fun at the high school presenting and showing everyone what you can make with something as simple as parts of an old playstation remote. At times we had amassed crowds so large that it was almost impossible to move. Our favorite part about going to events like this is no doubt being able to share our inventions with other people and meeting other individuals who share the same passions. We Tech101Kids enjoyed the experience immensely being able to attend such an event.

If you want to attend the 30th Annual Super Science Saturday maker sure to contact them at this link here. Maybe you want to go but don’t know what you want to make or present? Be sure to check out this link which has tons of different ideas on what to do for students, teachers, and parents! If you want to go volunteer and help out with everyone, then be sure to go to this link. And finally, if you just want to go check it out but don’t know how to get there? This link will bring you to directions on how to bring you there.