Tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science club members, authors, artists, students, teachers, entrepreneurs, crafter, and makers of any kind—came together on November 11&12 for the 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire!
Around 200, possibly future RVC students, ranging in ages 5-90 visited the Rock Valley College table at the Mini Maker Faire last weekend. This is the third year Professor Konkol from Rock Valley College CIS Department has been invited to host a table at the Mini Maker Faire.
Learning Code For The FIRST Time
Those who attend local K-12 schools, were asked "How many computer or coding courses are offered at your school"? About 90% of the responses said their school offered ZERO computer or coding types of courses. According to Professor Chuck Konkol, "The goal of the "RVC Hour of Code" is to help K-12 students in the Rockford Region receive basic training in coding skills and STEM with monthly workshops like the "RVC Hour of Code" and "Learn Coding with Robots". The ultimate goal is to see Computer Science curriculum required in all K-12 schools in the Rockford region. To find out more about these events click here to view the MyCIS@RVC event calendar.
The Aha Moments
Professor Chuck Konkol and RVC students taught attendees how to control an Ozobot robot with colored lines and drag and drop coding. Everyone had fun watching the eyes of a young person light up with excitement after they completed a coding task that caused the Ozobot robot to move across the table.
Thanks to all the RVC students who came out and volunteered their time to help make this event a success!
Looking forward to Mini Maker Faire 2018!
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