Summer STEM 2021

This Summer, MakerspaceCT hosted youth programming in Virtual Reality, Raspberry Pi, Circuits, & Programming with DIY Laptops, Robotics with Arduino and 3D Printing & Product Design. Check out the highlights from each program below. Video content was produced by Laxmi and Viveca, two of our interns from ReadyCT!

3D Printing and Product Design

During this Summer STEM program, students had the opportunity to learn how to create 3D models using professional CAD software while understanding how to think like a product designer. They got comfortable going through the 3D printing process by slicing a 3D model with CURA software and then operating 3D printers.

The goal of the program was to have the students take a project from idea to a clean and presentable prototype. They created Wi-Fi enabled alarm clocks that used not only 3D printing processes, but also electronics, laser cutting and more.

Robotics with Arduino

Robotics with Arduino was a week-long program in robotics and electrical engineering! During this Summer STEM 2021 program, youth participants learned basic programming and electronic circuitry skills and applied them using Sparkfun’s Arduino RedBot platform.At the end of the week, students were able to bring their robots home to continue the learning!

DIY Raspberry Pi Laptops

During this Summer STEM 2021 program, students built their own unique projects using the Raspberry Pi and a variety of sensors, and developed knowledge of basic programming and circuitry. Students learned Python programming basics, electronic circuits, Linux basics, and remote communication with a Raspberry Pi. Other skills used included 3D printing and Laser Cutting. At the end of the week, students took their Raspberry Pi-powered laptops home with them.

For the laptop enclosure, the students used DEWALT storage boxes (Shout out to our friends at Stanley Black & Decker!) Dewalt designs the boxes to be customized and configured in a number of ways, but we don’t think they ever imagined a use like this! ⠀

Virtual Reality Game Design

Students took a break from the real world in this Summer STEM program. They learned the basics of design and programming for Virtual Reality using the Unity Game Engine. They learned basic programming while building their own unique projects for the Oculus — and by the end the week they created a VR game! The students took their VR headsets home with them.

Education Team:

Julie Gauthier, Drew Gates, Ben Parker and John Harris.

Video Production:

Viveca Garcia and Laxmi Vobbineni.

Thank you to our program sponsor:

Our partners:

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