On Saturday, March 23rd, Keystone students and teachers showcased projects that made ideas come to life in innovative ways, utilizing exciting tools. Virtual reality boots, Microbits, Spheros, Legos, and Stop Motion projects were some of the interactive displays members of the community got to see and tinker with. Technology pervaded almost every aspect of the projects displayed and Keystone’s first design and technology expo was a major hit.
Keystone’s Middle School Library buzzed with excitement during the Academy’s First technology and design showcase. Welcoming guests to the exposition was a video introduction from Google, in which students from around the world participated in Google’s global science fair. Tackling problems in the medical field, environment, and other sectors served as inspiration and provided fuel for Keystone students and the projects they showcased at the exhibit.
In the library, numerous stations organized by students and chaperoned by teachers added to the atmospheric buzz of the exposition. Rooms designated for Virtual Reality and Stop Motion were filled to the brim with participants. Participants in the expo received the opportunity to partake in Badgemaking Sessions, where they learned to assemble badges and even used their artistic skills to design their own badges. Another station dedicated to reusing materials such as plastics and cardboard in order to create real or imaginary animals was particularly exciting for younger students.
Students and teachers taught guests about Microbits, an open source hardware system that features light and temperature sensors, motion sensors, and even assists in wireless communication devices. Miniature robots also filled the Middle School Library, known as Ozbots. The mini electronic robots, controlled by a set of instructions through a computer program in order to execute an action, went on several adventures as students learned to code their own Ozbots in the design space!
The expo’s Virtual Reality Room was a major hit during the expo. Participants experienced first-hand a totally interactive, computer-generated experience, heightening their auditory and visual senses. Keystone’s Virtual Reality room generated realistic images in an imaginary environment. In the computer-generated artificial world, participants used remote controls to navigate virtual reality, and color their world with shapes and patterns.
Keystone Creates not only inspired every student to create their best digital future, but it also inspired every adult to immerse themselves more closely in the world of technology!
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