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First Project Meeting by WICS

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WICS’s first ever Project Meeting took place on Wednesday, October 2nd, where the Project Committee began supporting the creation of websites by WICS members. Members were assigned to groups and encouraged to build their own websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Experience is not necessary as the WICS Project Committee will be tutoring HTML in each Project Meeting.

More information about the Project Development Program can be seen here. Deadline to sign up is Monday, Oct. 7th, so hurry! WICS looks forward to seeing every group at the meetings, working on their websites. Stay updated with the event calendar and Facebook for meeting times and details.

WICS looks forward to seeing what each group’s website will turn out to be like. Each member that participates will win a small prize at the end and the group with the best website will even receive a special mystery prize!

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Aspire IT Camp: Techie Girls

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In Techie Girls,  a week-long summer camp was designed for the 2013 Aspire IT Programs to inspire in girls a love for computer science. The camp provided workshops from July 29th through August 2nd on the UC Irvine Campus for 2 hours a day.

More than 10 of WICS’s members volunteered to help teach more than 20 middle school-aged girls technology. The camp provided a sampling of web design, programming, graphics, and game design using HTML, Python, and Kodu Game Lab. WICS members helped any kids who had trouble learning these programming languages.

At the end of the camp, there was an open house where certificates, free food, and free swag from companies were given to all the participants.

 

 

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WICS Summer Session Workshop

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Wednesday, July 24, WICS hosted a workshop for high school students and incoming freshmen at UCI. More than 10 WICS members signed up to work with over 40 students on Snap Circuits and littleBits.
This workshop was intended to educate and provide insight to students who were interested in the technological field. With the support of the WICS members, students got to explore and create their own little electronic modules. Both WICS and the students got to learn and explore the numerous possibilities that came from these simple components.

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WICS hosts a “Toy Hacking” Workshop with Dr. Garnet Hertz

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We taught children between the 2nd and 5th grades how to circuit bend at the Verano After School Program. Kids got a first hand experience playing with circuit boards and they expanded their perception of how they have the power to create new things with their older toys, just by breaking them open and learning how to manipulate the electronics inside.

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Letter of Recommendation Workshop

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January 22nd, last Tuesday, WICS hosted a Letter of Recommendation Workshop and Q&A with Professor Shannon Tauro and PhD candidate Kristin Roher! Over 30 students attended for a pre-workshop social and a presentation on how to approach and establish relationships with professors for research, references, and letters of recommendation.

Thank you to Professor Shannon Tauro and Kristin Roher for their time and their (very) enlightening advice!

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WICS hosts a Toy Hacking Workshop

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On Monday, January 14th, WICS hosted a Toy Hacking Workshop Training with Dr. Garnet Hertz. Over 20 people attended with bags full of toys to break open!

This workshop was intended to train students who were interested in being involved in a similar workshop for kids in elementary and middle schools! It was an entertaining introduction to electronics, as the attendees ripped apart electronic toys and hacked around with the toys’ music devices.

Highlights of this event were: playing around with resistors to activate a sound, seeing Big Mouth Billy Base singing in different pitches and speeds, cringing over the disturbing sight of the stripped down Dancing Hamster (“Everybody Dance Now!”).

Our members thought this event was really fun, and many of them expressed their wishes to learn more about toy hacking. As mentioned above, we plan to help host a workshop series with students in elementary and middle schools in the near future.

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