If you haven’t noticed already, we are big fans of GoldieBlox and what they are trying to accomplish with their toys. Therefore, we were quite pleased to see their newest commercial during the not so competitive “Big Game” this past weekend. In case you missed it, here it is! Rock on girls!
Have a snow day? Step 1: Go play in the snow! Step 2: Get warmed up with a hot chocolate once you’re done! Step 3: Enter the Kavli Science Video Contest!
The Kavli Foundation is putting on a fantastic video contest called Science in Fiction, do not miss out!
“Investigate how science is portrayed in TV, films, and games. Find an example using a film, TV show, or video game, then compare to what we can do today with current or emerging technologies. Or tell us what science needs to discover to make it really happen.
The more you research, the more you will discover, and you might end up being surprised by what you find out.
Make a video (: 30 -: 90[seconds]) that shares your discoveries and states your case.”
The contest is for 6th-12th graders and the deadline is March 21, 2014. For complete details including prizes and submission information- click here
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
Apple engineer, Andrew Carol, created a machine entirely out of LEGOs and programmed it draw an alien and other various depictions. The complex automaton only requires someone to turn a crank and the results are quite impressive! Watch the machine in action in the video below!
For more on the concept and the movie that inspired Andrew’s idea, click here. The history of the automaton and specs of this particular one can be found here.
We are excited to announce that Jared Senator will be the new site director for TIC MD! Jared has been at TIC for the past 7 summers, and this latest summer he served as the Assistant Director at TIC DC and 2 years before that as Athletic Director at TIC MD. He has brought his energy and passion for working with campers on a daily basis and has even spread some Natitude to TIC as a whole. In the off-season, Jared has started a new position as the Physical Education teacher at Center City Public Charter School, where he is coaching and teaching students new skills and exposing them to new sports and physical activities. Join us in welcoming Jared to the Site Director team!
A company, GoldieBlox, has made headlines recently with their brilliant TV ad and its message of empowering girls, specifically in the engineering field. TIC is all about that and more! Take a look at this NY Times article, which highlights some great technology gifts and check out at the GoldieBlox TV ad if you haven’t already; it’s quite impressive!
We are excited to announce that Emily Schwartz will return to TIC VA as site director! This will be her 6th season at TIC and her 3rd as Site Director. As a seasoned veteran, Emily will continue to bring her undeniable leadership skills and her huge smile and camp spirit day in and day out. Since summer, Emily has begun a masters of public policy at Georgetown University and will soon intern at the Senate HELP committee doing Education Policy work, but will grace TIC with her presence in summer 2014!
TIC Summer Camp is pleased and proud to announce that Dan Morais has joined our year round team as the Program Coordinator. Dan graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and is originally from Washington, D.C. He recently moved “back home” after working in Boston in youth development for the last four years. Most notably, he has worked at TIC for the last nine summers, progressing through the ranks as athletic counselor, athletic director, assistant director and spent the last three seasons as the TIC-MD Site Director.
In the off-season, he spent several years as a Program Coordinator for Playworks in Boston. Playworks is a non-profit organization that believes in the power of play to make kids, schools and communities stronger using team building, social development and problem solving skills. During his time with Playworks he won Rookie of the Year in Metro Boston and was a finalist for National Rookie of the Year in 2009.In his spare time, he loves to run and has coached soccer, basketball and volleyball for both boys and girls. Dan is looking forward to looking behind the curtain and seeing how TIC operates on the off-season. He will be providing his vast experience and knowledge with kids of all ages to help enhance the TIC programs, as well as marketing and recruiting staff.
The last day of camp called for something special, so this morning TIC-MD gathered all the campers for a pie contest between tech counselors Robin and Toby. Much to everyone’s surprise, though, it was not a pie eating contest, but a pi contest, with Robin and Toby competing to see who could name more digits of pi. Then, after Toby bowed out, the pies got put to good use — one ending up in site director Dan’s face and the other in assistant director Branden’s face. Several hours later, they both still smell like whipped cream. For video from the event, click below!
During the 4th and final session at TIC-VA, we challenged our counselors to help their campers create something amazing. Programming counselor, Collin (with some help from Martin), decided to recruit some of the other tech disciplines to help with the creation of his campers’ videogames. With help from Digital Arts, Digital Music, and Animation, Collin’s Senior Programmers created two videogames complete with startup menus, animated characters, soundtracks, and cover art. The final product was truly extraordinary, especially considering they were completed in the span of two weeks. These two games, Survival Island and Egg Rescue, are sure to hit the shelves of your local Best Buy by 2018. Check out the video below to see how it all came together!