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The Exploratory is rolling out its Young Maker Scouts group in Los Angeles. We are looking for Makers out there that are willing and excited to share their expertise with Young Makers. We will begin our Saturday afternoon program from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on February 2nd at The Exploratory Clubhouse in Mar Vista ( West LA ). Each Saturday will have an overall topic which will be determined by the responses from the Adult Makers that respond to this meetup. Please email [masked] by Jan 13th with your ideas/ projects. Can't wait to meet you all!!
Hi everyone! The Exploratory summer camp 2013 offerings are now online at http://www.theexploratory.com/summer-camp-2013/. We are offering camps for mini-makers 4-6 years old and 7+ - also for teens. We have all kind of tinkering and making for the mini-makers. Minecraft, legomindstorms and FLL for 7+, Zombie apocolypse survival, Ginormous build - hovercrafts and custom playgrounds and so much more. For the 12+, we are also offering an independent make program where the campers will decide on what project they want to make and be supported by our staff , equipment and mentors. Signups are right now. The young program is almost sold out. The 7+ was just announced so great opportunity.
Robots, lasers, acrobatics, and cotton candy cooked up by seasoned inventors are just some of what will make up the STEAM Carnival, whose Kickstarter campaign [http://2bc.io/ks] launched April 30. This traveling high-tech amusement event will visit select U.S. cities starting Spring 2014 if it reaches its goal of $100,000 by June 3. The goal of the STEAM Carnival [http://steamcarnival.com] is to make education more entertaining and entertainment more educational, and to transform the way people view games and amusement, similar to how Cirque du Soleil transformed the performing arts. “When you say ‘engineering’ to most kids they zone out. But when you say ‘lasers, robots, and fire,’ you have their undivided attention,” said Two Bit Circus [http://twobitcircus.com] CEO and Co-founder, Brent Bushnell. “We’ve found that high-tech games spark curiosity about engineering and science so we created the STEAM Carnival to inspire the next generation of inventors,” said CTO and Co-founder, Eric Gradman. STEAM is a derivative of the more widely recognized acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The critical ‘A’, for Art, has been backed by celebrities like pop singer Will.i.am, cultural organizations, and adopted by some charter schools but has yet to pick up steam and spawn a movement – until now. In the spirit of a State Fair, the STEAM Carnival will showcase kids’ own work via creative competitions, a digital art gallery, a concert featuring musical robots, and a fashion show of wearable electronics. Kids can sign up at STEAMcarnival.com [http://steamcarnival.com] to receive one of several kits designed by Two Bit Circus to help kids create amusement-focused technical projects. People wishing to donate kits to kids from low-income communities can do so on the Kickstarter page. The Two Bit Circus team of roboticists, scientists, engineers, designers, and makers employs the STEAM disciplines everyday to create the fantastical in their downtown Los Angeles warehouse laboratory. In 2010, several 2BC team members gained notoriety from their involvement in the band OK Go’s music video This Too Shall Pass [http://youtu.be/qybUFnY7Y8w], a YouTube sensation with close to 40 million views to date. Said Lead Engineer Dan Busby, “The sheer volume of interest we received from science and math teachers around the world after that video is what spawned the idea for the STEAM Carnival.” For more information about the STEAM Carnival visit http://2bc.io/ks.