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Summer Academy 2014: A Place for Tinkerbelles and Tech Ninjas

Techbridge Summer Academy 2014 is well underway. Last week we were in Oakland at Unity High School. So far the camp has been a huge success. The girls have really embraced their inner tinkerbelles and tech ninjas. It just so happened that the first ever National Day of Making (June 18) coincided with our first week of Summer Academy and it could not have aligned better with our activities and field trip.


The girls have been working hard making and hacking awesome wearable technology using LEDs and Lilypad Arduinos (sewable and programmable microcontrollers). T-shirts, hats, and purses were turned from drab to fab with a little electrical engineering and computer science work. 


Last Wednesday, the girls took a field trip to IDEO, a global leader in product-design, and IDEO.org, a nonprofit that focuses on using human-centered design to empower people and alleviate poverty all over the world. The girls spent National Day of Making in a building full of makers learning about the design process and meeting some great role models.


For the rest of the week, our techninjas and tinkerbelles came up with their own design ideas to hack an object of their choice to solve a problem in a creative way. One of our very own Program Coordinators, Rachel, made a sample hacking project  that uses an Arduino, a servo motor, and a temperature sensor to let her know when her tea is the perfect temperature. To see all the fun and creative hacking projects the girls have come up with you can follow our Summer Academy Tumblr Blog.


The second week of Summer Academy is in full swing at Ocala Middle School in San Jose. Tomorrow they will be wrapping up their hacking projects and getting ready to present their work at family night.


Thank you to our generous sponsor Chevron, for making Summer Academy possible and for helping us inspire girls to change the world.

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