Barnes and Nobles

On November 5th and 6th of 2016, Tech101Kids tested our robots, packed our bags, and headed off to the Barnes and Nobles of both Woodland Park and Paramus. Woodland Park on Saturday and Paramus on Sunday. We arrived promptly and were greeted by generous staff and a nice large space to work with. We finished setting up and we were already getting visitors. We could tell by the amount of visitors we had already received that today was going to be a busy day. We showcased many of our fan-favorites such as Jerry the talking plant, the banana piano, and our collection of Rubik’s cubes. We also had a newcomer that we had been working on beforehand. SNM (Spinning Notecard Machine) proved to be a fun and popular attraction and we will definitely be bringing it to more events. We got tons of great visitors and we hope we get invited back again next year.

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Tech 101 Kids Engineering Club

What is Tech 101 Kids?    Tech 101 4 Kids is an educational outreach and enrichment program for all the kids who want to learn to think like an engineer. Engineers solve all sorts of problems, and one of their most important tools is their own creativity.  Our program is fun and exciting but also very useful. When we teach kids science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), it’s not so that they’ll grow up to be software developers or industrial architects. We teach kids STEM to teach them to redefine the world around them.
As we like to say, “Don’t just think outside the box. Cut apart the box and build a spaceship!”

Club meetings:   Fridays  7-8:30 p.m.  –   January to March

Ages:  7 and up

Location:  at our home located at 65 Union St, Hawthorne, NJ

Membership:  $40 per month   (Cash or check) *
*The sooner you pay, the sooner you’ll save your spot every month

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ACTIVITIES
All the activities are adapted for beginner, intermediate,   and advance students

  • Makey Makey
  • Rubiks’ and puzzle cubesTech 101 4 Kids Engineering Club Flyer1
  • Programming with Scratch
  • Hour of Code with Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Flatverse
  • Homemade Race cars and Green Robots
  • Hands-on Open-ended Engineering challenges and games nights
  • Introduction to Arduino
  • Lego Mindstorms EV3
  • Little Bits Gizmos and Gadgets
  • Fuel Cell Hybrid Car
  •  Circuits
  • and much more

 

 

 

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Adventures at MIT – Tech 101 Kids visits MIT

During the weekend of October 24-25, we visited our brother Erick at MIT -where he is a junior- for the Family Weekend hosted by the MIT Parents Association.  It is always great to see him and to explore so many wonderful places at MIT.

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During my trip to MIT, I had a great time. From New Jersey, it took  us about 4 hours road trip but it was worth it. Promptly after we arrived in Boston, we went to pick up Erick to start our busy day. First, we had breakfast in a restaurant named Veggie Galaxy in  Cambridge, then,  we went to the family fair that took place in the 2nd floor of the Student Center. After this, we wDSCN5240ent to explore the famous underground tunnels of MIT which connects nearly every building on campus. The next day, we went to the amazing Museum of Science in Boston and later we went back to MIT to visit some shops, labs, schools and libraries at MIT to finish with a delicious dinner at the Buffet in one of the dorms.  I had a great time with my brothers and I got sad when I realized that the trip was over. -Brandon Pinos

 

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This picture is a picture of me, my brothers, my parents, and MIT mascot TIM the beaver during the family fair.  A little bit of backstory here, the reason why a beaver is MIT’s mascot is because beavers are nature’s engineers.

 

 

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This is a photo of a T-Rex. It´s a huge replica of what the T-Rex looked like, located at the Museum of Science at Boston. This is just one of the many amazing exhibits that the Museum of Science has to offer. As in the Electric Theater, the Pixar Exhibit, some Animal Exhibits, a Planetarium, and much more. –Brandon Pinos

 

 

 

On our trip to MIT we saw so many fun things.   We visited the Hobby Shop in which students do woodwork, the Glass lab, and the Media Lab.  This  life size  Scratch Cat is built completely out of Legos, and it is located at the entrance of the Lifelong Kinderganten Lab where Lego Mindstorm, Scratch, Makey Makey, and Little Bits got invented.

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One of my DSCN5224favorite parts of the trip is when we went to the Museum of Science in Boston.  I got a look at behind the scenes of Pixar. We got to see how important the lighting and animation are. I learned the stages of the animation from black and white drawings to the actual movie. It’s very interesting to see all of the exhibits and how important they are to the film. You should try and go there someday it will be fun. This trip was really fun I want to go again. –Joseph Pinos

 

 

 

The Electric Theater

This is a picture of the two story high generators surrounded by Tesla coils shooting out electricity. During our trip to the Museum of Science we visited the theater of electricity.

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Along with this amazing view came an amazing show where they shocked some minds by making lightning and even play music with electricity! They taught us about electricity safety and fun. If you’re a person who is interested in how electricity works, or someone who even just wants to see and experience something new and cool, then you should definitely head over to the Electricity Theater.

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At MIT, we saw some of the famous hacks, and we played with this Digi-Comp II, a big wooden contraption located in the  Stata Center (a very funny looking building).  You can learn more about it here http://www.csail.mit.edu/node/2381.  

There is always something interesting to see at MIT!
Bryan Pinos

 

 

 

 

Look at our Facebook photo album to see more interesting places and things we saw at MIT!

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Hawthorne Day

On Saturday September 26 we packed up our stuff and went to Hawthorne Day . We had been working on new projects from was far back as July for this day. Some of our new projects included the bow and some new robots. We had arrived at around 12 pm hoping to set up before many people came. We found our table which was positioned next to the Rotary’s Club’s table. In no time at all we had the Makey Makey piano, the Makey Makey Bow, the Rubik cubes, and the robots are all set and ready to go. At around 1 pm was when traffic really started to pick up. We saw people come and go and the majority of them seemed very interested in our projects.  At around 3 pm was when we reached our peak of traffic because a lot of people who came to visit before came back with some of their fiends. We had decided to pack up at 4 pm because the concert right next to us had just started and we knew that we would get very few people during that. I had a blast and im sure my brothers did too. I can’t wait to go back next year034029032

Makers Faire New York

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This is a giant, fire shooting, man controlled robot, but this wasn’t the only awesome project that there was. Today I went to the Makers Faire, in New York, and let me tell you this, it was huge! There were so many fun things to see and to try. I really loved the originality of some of the booths. There were dancing robots, music Tesla Coils, there were robots that would play catch with you, and so much more. Another reason why I loved to be there, was because I learned so many new and cool projects and ideas that will be really fun to try out. I had a great, fun time, experiencing and learning a lot at the Makers Faire. -Bryan Pinos

 

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This photo is me and Bryan standing next to our long lost twins that we found at the Makers Faire. What a coincidence!    Today me and my family took a one hour drive to NY to go to the Makers Faire. Once we got there we were instantly greeted with free drinks and exhibits everywhere. They had everything from robots to circuits to caged drone fights. This picture was taken at the Microsoft tent.   The picture is taken on a smartphone and projected onto the screen made out of led strips. Something I learned to keep in mind is that to watch where you step at Makers Faire because you can accidentally step on a robot. I learned a lot and had a great and cant wait to go again. -Brandon Pinos

 

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This photo is one of my favorite exhibits in the Makers Faire. This is a robot called CHIP that uses the arduino UNO. Chip has some stuff that needs to put in place so you can get its eyes to light up. Some of the items I used for Chip were LED’s, pin wires, a knob, the arduino, and the bread-board. It didn’t take to long to make it, it was quite easy. We even bought our own Chip to do it at home it was fun making it at the Makers  Faire and at my house.  I really enjoyed the Makers Faire-Joseph Pinos

Tech 101 Kids at Jefferson Elementary School

 

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Rubik’s Cube Presentation at Jefferson Fifth Grade

On Friday the 18th I went to Jefferson Elementary School, Mr. Oliva’s fifth grade class, as Tech 101 4 Kids, to get his students interested in Rubik’s Cubes. I began our session by telling them about the history of Rubik’s cubes; who made it, Ernő Rubik, the different kinds of cubes; 3×3, 4×4, 5×5, 6×6, 7×7, pyramid, mirror, and much more. Also about the different ways you can solve them, as in two hands, one hand, blindfolded, with your feet, and even underwater. There are competitions where you compete for the best time, and the good that Rubik’s cubes teach, like, memorization, eye-hand coordination, problem solving skills, and more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IMG_0099 (3)

We had enough time to teach them the first few steps of the Rubik’s cube, and for the looks on their faces and the sounds of their voices, I think they’ll be learning as much as they can on their own. This wasn’t just fun for the students, but also for their teachers too. I had a fun experience going and teaching in my past teachers classroom with his students.

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*The Rubik’s Cubes used in this class, our clubs, and other activities were kindly donated to us by the MIT Alumni Club of Northern New Jersey in the summer of 2014.

Tech 101 Kids at the Union City Maker Faire

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This afternoon Tech 101 Kids were special guests at the Union City Maker Faire. In case you don’t know what a Maker Faire is, it is an event put on by Make Magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset”. We arrived at around 10:30 A.M. to set up before the event started at 11:00 A.M. We were directed to our own table which was directly to the right of the doorway so that made it very convenient for newcomers to come by and view our work.

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I was in charge of Bob the Vegetation Relocater and partly in charge of the Makey Makey. Bryan was in charge of the Fuel Cell Car and mostly in charge of the Makey Makey. Joseph was in charge of all his robots and creations while also being in charge of the Rubik’s Cubes. Last but not least Erick was overlooking us to make sure we are having no trouble and that everything was getting set up correctly.

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We finished setting up just as people began to file into the room. I hadn’t really paid attention to the other tables with people by then but it was too late to find out what they were showcasing. Speaking of showcasing I think Tech 101 Kids went all out, as we had brought everything from the Makey Makey to Joseph’s extendable arm. After an hour of showcasing our robots and such it was time for the award ceremony. We were mentioned multiple times during the speeches and then all of the K-2nd graders in the Union City Summer STEM program were given certificates of completion, followed by some extra for those who went above and beyond.

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Afterwards, I got a good view of what the other tables were about. They included things like drones, 3D printers, Snap Circuits, littleBits, and Lego Mindstorms from other groups like Latinas in STEM and Morphi.

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The event slowly died down and ended around 1:30pm, and so it was finally time to pack up and call it a day.

Thank you @mrnavas for organizing this great event. And thank you @jazcar03 for inviting us!


 

Were you at the Union City Maker Faire this year? Let us know what were your favorite projects in the comments below.

Tech 101 Kids Fair at the Hawthorne Library

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support us on July 18th at the Hawthorne Library! We had a blast showing what our students made during our Scratch the Surface Workshop in June, from learning to code their own video games to learning about renewable energy to building paper towel roll cars to building spaghetti skyscrapers.

I talked about the importance of the engineering mindset in today’s world. To have the engineering mindset means to know how to break down complex problems into simpler problems and then solve them. This mindset was really important for the students in our workshop, as they had to solve various puzzles throughout the week, work in teams to build the larges spaghetti skyscraper, and even debug their Scratch code when it didn’t work.20150718_141931

On the last few days of our workshop, the kids built recyclable cars out of paper towel rolls, balloons, bottle caps, and straws. One of our students, Emma, came up and explained to the audience how this recyclable contraption worked. The balloon is attached to the car, so you blow up the balloon and it propels the car forward.20150718_140039

Bryan explained and demoed the MaKey MaKey, a circuit board that can turn any conductible object into a computer keyboard, and the Horizon Fuel Cell Car, a toy car powered by water. Brandon demoed Bob the Vegetation Relocator, and Arduino robot car with a Lego casing, and then solved a Rubik’s Cube in front the audience in less than a minute and a half.
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Joseph showed everyone Joseph’s Robotic Hand, which can curl up to pick up paper balls and is made out of drinking straws and yarn. He then showed everybody his Bristle Bot, a bumper car brush bot that vibrated across the table, and is made out of a scrubbing brush, a 9V battery, and a vibration motor from an old PS2 remote.

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Afterwards, we let everyone come up and check out the projects. Kids and parents all enjoyed our projects, from playing the MaKey MaKey banana piano to trying out Joseph’s Robotic Hand to learning how to solve Rubik’s Cubes on the spot.

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All in all, another successful presentation from Tech 101 Kids.


 

Have you made any of the projects we’ve talked about above? Show us in the comments below!

 

Tech 101 Kids Presentation at Iglesia Cristiana Damasco

On July 11th, I gave a presentation at the Iglesia Cristiana Damasco in San Jose, Costa Rica.

This was my first ever presentation outside of the US. It was also my first ever presentation in Spanish. I was really nervous. But the church I was presenting at was the church my mom attended before she came to the US, as well as the church I went to for the first few years of my life. And most of the crowd were people that knew since I was a baby. So I relaxed up and began my talk.

I started with a presentation of who I was and some of the projects I’ve worked on at MIT. Then I talked about the robots I’ve built throughout my life using tech toys like LEGO Mindstorms and Arduino.

Then we presented the MaKey MaKey, a circuit board that can turn any household object into a computer keyboard. I wanted to set up a piano made out of bananas, but the sound wasn’t working. Instead we had volunteers come up to play Flabby Physics using a slice of bread as the spacebar.

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Then Bryan gave a demo of the Horizon Fuel Cell Car, a toy car powered by water.

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After that, we presented our Rubik’s Cubes. Rubik’s Cubes are known as a test of intelligence. I see them as a test of memorization. There’s a set of algorithms (patterns) that, if you remember them, will let you solve the Rubik’s Cube real easily. In our previous workshops, we’ve even taught elementary school kids how to solve Rubik’s Cubes.

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My brother Brandon boasted being able to solve a Rubik’s Cube in 1 minute and 21 seconds. So we put him to the test. On stage, in front of everyone, Brandon was able to solve his Rubik’s Cube in 1 minute and 20 seconds, beating his previous record by one second.

After the presentation we let everyone to hang around and play with our tech. And they hung around and played with our tech..for a whole one and a half hours! I didn’t expect them to stay so long, but it was warmly surprising that everyone enjoyed our presentation so much.

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The kids lined up to keep playing computer games with a slice of bread, carrots, and potatoes. Even a parent was testing out the fuel cell car, setting it to charge and asking about it’s wattage. Brandon and Bryan on the spot even taught some of them how to solve Rubik’s Cube.

The presentation was a success and they want us to do more. Thank you to Iglesia Cristiana Damasco and thank you to everyone for your support, Tech 101 Kids is now international.

Tech 101 Kids Scratch Gallery

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Can kids program games? YES!

From June 22 to 26th, we held our summer workshop Scratching the Surface and, among other things, taught seven kids how to code using MIT Scratch. During the first two days, the kids developed and published their own Scratch games. Scratch’s intuitive drag and drop interface made it easy for the kids to start making projects right away. As they built their games, they hit a few challenges that taught them to think like a programmer by breaking down complex problems into simpler ones.