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Reminder: PGH Mini Maker Faire 2012

Makers, hackers, gearheads, and tinkerers, this is your last chance! The final deadline to submit applications to participate in the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 15th! In order to show off your gadgets and gizmos, or even sell an invention or two, you need to register to participate. This is the second, and final, call for makers. Don’t let this awesome opportunity slip past you!

 

This year’s Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire promises to be even more exciting than last year! Taking place at the Buhl Community Park on Children’s Way in the North Side, the faire will feature projects from local robotics to guerilla knitters to kid inventors! With such a diverse group of registered participants, there is guaranteed to be something to please everybody. Prices for admission vary, with discounts for Senior Citizens, Hack PGH and Children’s Museum Members, as well as children under 2! Don’t miss this great opportunity to see what’s being made, hacked, geared up, and tinkered with in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

 

When: September 22nd from 10am until 4pm

Where: Buhl Community Park & the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square West, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

How Kids are Learning to Hack

Mozilla is creating education waves across the nation as they implement Hack Jams. GOOD Worldwide recent mentor of a Los Angeles Hack Jam, gives some background on Hack Jams.

We know that if we want kids to be more than consumers of technology, we have to give them the tools they need to build things themselves—and that means teaching them coding. But if most schools aren’t actually teaching coding to kids, how are they supposed to learn it? Enter the Hack Jam, a fun way to make digital literacy and hacking accessible, social, and fun.

Last week, GOOD Worldwide team members traveled to Los Angeles’ Wildwood School to serve as mentors and instructors at the LA Youth Hack Jam.

The public event, which was inspired by the Mozilla Summer Code Party and facilitated by the Los Angeles Makerspace Working Group, attracted over 100 kids between the ages of 5 and 18-years-old and their parents.

Depending on their ability coming in the door, participants were able to learn tech basics like how to upload a video to YouTube as well as lessons on programming languages. Yee says she “taught kids who were already getting their hands dirty with mobile apps, gaming prototypes, and gadgets.”

Wildwoods physics teacher, Ariel Levi Simons, described the Hack Jam as “a huge meet and greet for our up-and-coming nerds.” Indeed, there’s no doubt getting to work on DIY projects in a low-stakes, fun atmosphere under the tutelage of professionals in the field goes a long way toward encouraging kids to get involved.

Read the full story and catch a video glimpse of the action.