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BADM: Small Children Playing With Lasers

Chris Berdik of the Hechinger Report wrote a great piece on the Bay Area Discovery Museum and their new Early Childhood Fab Lab (reminder: we're sponsors of the program):

The red beam precisely followed a squiggly building design that Jack had just finger-drawn on a tablet computer. Jack’s goal was to make a building that could stand up to the wind of a nearby table fan.

With his cardboard cut, Jack hurried to the assembly area where about two dozen other kids his ...

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Girls In Tech at the Tech Museum

Girls and women have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields, and though there are some small indications of progress in this regard, it's clear that we as a society still have a long way to go. We at Sparkfactor.org want to bring STEM opportunities to humans of all persuasions, and so for that reason we are very excited to offer our support to the Tech Museum of Innovation and their promising "Girls in Tech program.

Program participants--and their families--will take part in some ...

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Laser Cutter Granted to Hacker Dojo

Today we are excited to announce that we are supporting Hacker Dojo with a grant which will allow them to purchase a laser cutter for use by their membership in their Makerspace!

Hacker Dojo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Mountain View, CA, and serves as a combination office and hangout spot for entrepreneurs and engineers working on tech projects in Silicon Valley. In addition to providing resources and facilities to their membership, they also offer educational opportunities and topical events.

This grant ...

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New Computers at the Riekes Center

Sparkfactor.org is partnering with the Riekes Center, a nonprofit based in Redwood City, CA, which specializes in athletic and creative programs for teens. They are looking to expand their Creative Arts programs to include activities aligned with the Maker Movement. We're happy to be able to sponsor that program and thereby to help them purchase some new computers for lab. Students will be using them to create models for 3D printing, among other things.

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Supporting BADM's Fab Lab

Sparkfactor.org is proud to support the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and specifically their Fab Lab.

Makerlabs are popping up all over the place; universities are building them in an effort to prepare engineering students for the rapid prototyping revolution which is being brought on by the rise of 3D printers and laser cutters, and small collectives of hardware hackers are banding together to pool resources. Unfortunately, making these sorts of tools available to younger children is a mostly unsettled frontier, as elementary schools and ...

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