Join us for Battling Robots this Thursday from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Cyber Garage Open House at 14 Ross Avenue in Downtown San Anselmo. Experience our laser cutter, 3D printers, wood carvers, Virtual Reality and much more! Meet some resident Makers, make something to take home, and discover the Maker in you! FREE for kids and parents.
Are your kids going stir crazy now that the holidays are over? Try something new! Visit the Cyber Garage, a brand new non-profit community makerspace, robotics center and computer programming and game design lab for kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade who want to create, invent, tinker, and discover. Located at 14 Ross Avenue in downtown San Anselmo, this fully renovated 2,500-square-foot design and tech lab is equipped with the most advanced technology and fabrication equipment on the market today.
To celebrate their opening, Cyber Garage will be hosting open houses on Wednesday, January 4 from 10 am–1 pm and Thursday, January 5 from 2–5 pm. Stop in any time during our open house and check out our new makerspace, where you can experience laser cutting, woodworking, 3D printing, coding, robots and more. Discover the maker in you and create something amazing you can take home! The Cyber Garage open house is free for kids with parents, or $10 per hour for drop-off for kids ages 8–14.
Get ready for the greatest show (and tell) on earth as Maker Faire Bay Area returns to the San Mateo Event Center. Maker Faire describes itself as “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new!”, and it’s a family-friendly expo of invention and creativity featuring everything from technology, science, and engineering to food, art, and education. It’s a celebration of all things “Maker” that will inspire you and your family to become Makers yourselves. Maker Faire Bay Area takes place Friday through Sunday, May 20, 21, and 22, from 1 to 5 pm on Friday, 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
It goes without saying that STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math) education is a hot topic with families today. Getting kids to become "makers" working with hands-on projects is not only fun, but an important part of learning how our world today works and getting prepared for future careers. Working on STEAM activities often involves lots of expensive equipment like computers, laser cutters, soldering stations, power tools, and 3D printers, and of course a space in which to work—and that's where local maker spaces like the CEC Maker Space and Media Studio at South Novato Library come into play.
One of the cool presents under the Christmas tree this year was Makeblock's Starter Robot Kit. This kit contains everything you need to assemble your own robot tank and three wheeled car. The robot has rubber tracks for all-terrain mobility, an ultrasonic sensor for object avoidance, and an infrared remote control so you can drive it around the house, backyard, or classroom. It's all built around an arduino board, which allows you to program the robot, too.
A startup based out of Shenzhen, China, Makeblock produces a variety of other robotics kits in addition to the Starter Robot, using its open-source robiotics platform. As the name implies, you can get various add-on components to extend your robot into a unique technological creation.
One million STEM jobs are projected to go unfilled by the year 2020. We’re talking some of the highest-paid, most creative careers imaginable. Yet only one in ten high school students have access to computer science courses—and far fewer at the K-8 level—meaning they are missing important instruction.
But what about summer?
At iD Tech summer programs, students ages 6–18 code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce movies, create wearable electronics, and more. Courses are taught by tech-savvy, adult-only staff in small clusters of just 8 students per instructor—guaranteed. iD Tech offers five summer camp experiences in Northern California: