Impact Recap: July 2016

Tag Team Back Again!

We kicked off our first event of the new fiscal year on July 22nd with a hack day at Markham Middle School for Camp Ubuntu, which is a program organized by Harold Robinson Foundation (HRF).

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The camp serves 200 middle school students from South Los Angeles during the summer.

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Our team organized two hack sessions for a total of 50 students who learned (1) how to turn on LEDs using components on a breadboard, (2) how circuits work, and (3) how to work in teams to solve problems!

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The sessions were led by our veteran mentor and curriculum engineer, Devin Finkel, and assisted by Justin Brezhnev, CEO & Mentor Program Director, along with several camp volunteers who joined in the fun!

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Each student had a chance to work on their own circuit using LEDs, resistors, and Particle.io micro-controllers. Those who were more advanced had a chance to see how photo resistors and pressure sensors work!

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The hardware and materials for the hack sessions were provided by our partners at Microsoft & WearHacks. Big shoutout to them for their constant support of our programs!

This event truly set the tone for the type of engagement we will be creating throughout the upcoming school year. The HRF Executive Director, Tobin Paap, loved the energy we brought so we plan to run it back next summer - stay tuned for a bigger collaboration in 2017!

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If you're interested in getting involved with our mentor program, please click here to apply!