Here are some photos from @MakerFaire New York at @nysci this past weekend. #WMFNY18 #MakerFaireNYC #NYC #MakerEd #STEAM #ArtEdTech #ArtsEd

It was great fun to visit the 9th Annual World Maker Faire New York this weekend. As usual, my favorite area was the Young Makers Zone. Here are some things from this year’s Make Faire NYC that I noticed:

1. Danny Scheible and Eben Burgoon’s Tapigami Tape City

2. Theo Boris’s Welcome to Planet Hugalot! Hug, please! (where I found Lesa Wang)

3. Godwyn Morris’s Dazzlinks Cardboard Contraptions

4. Benjamin Lehrer and Jonathan Roach’s Marvin: A Giant Connect 4 Robot


5. Evan Weinstein’s Cocoa Press Chocolate 3D Printer


6. Christian Ristow’s The Hand of Man

7. Todd Blatt, Marty McGuire, Jen Schachter’s We the Builders

8. Pete Gosselin’s 1 UP Keyboards programmable keyboard kits

9. Popular Science’s Tabletop Catapult

10. Balam Soto’s Sonic Moonbeam (

11. Orimagi robots inspired by origami

12. Gualala Gadget’s Electric Marble Machines


13. Martin Horstman’s Doodlematic iPad app (where I saw Al Doyle)

14. Steven Hanania’s The Wizard of Fun puppets

15. Tetsuji Katsuda’s Robot Band++

16. William Muehlenhard’s Zoetrope

17. Lucy Johnson and Robert Fitzsimons’s Planetarium Umbrella

18. Sofía Suazo’s Emoji-Me loaded to @emoji___me on Instagram

19. I LUG NY’s LEGO Infinity Machine by Adult Fans of LEGO

20. The awesome Needle Arts and Crafts areas in Zone 1

21. Sharon Raymond’s Simple Shoemaking

22. Beautiful examples of circuit design and sewable circuits from Princeton’s CST, 3D-Kompetenzzentrum Germany, and Lovie Monsters

23. And some more things to look into which I forgot to document with photos or videos:

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‪I’m so excited to be teaching a section of Class VII math this year! Also, I totally checked my work using the @photomath app. #PEMDAS #MathChat @BrearleyNYC ‬

Download Photomath by Photomath, Inc from the App Store:

Here’s a description of Photomath per their website:

  • Simply point your camera toward a math problem and Photomath will magically show the result with a detailed step-by-step instructions.
  • Photomath provides:
  • • Camera calculator
  • • Handwriting recognition
  • • Step-by-step instructions
  • • Smart calculator
  • • Graphs (NEW)
  • Photomath supports:
  • • Operations with: Integers, Fractions, Decimal numbers, Powers, Roots, Logarithms
  • • Algebraic expressions
  • • Equations: Linear, Quadratic, Absolute value, Rational, Irrational, Logarithmic, Exponential, Trigonometric
  • • Inequalities: Linear, Quadratic, Absolute value, Rational, Irrational, Logarithmic, Exponential
  • • Solving Systems using: Comparison, Substitution, Elimination, Gauss-Jordan method and Cramer’s Rule
  • • Calculus: Derivatives, Integrals
  • • Trigonometry: Converting Angles, Calculating trigonometric values, Finding Periods of trigonometric functions, Calculating with trigonometric expressions
  • • Graphs of Elementary Functions
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    Gathering my tweets, photos, and notes from #Picademy in Jersey City. Thank you, @Raspberry_Pi for two days of inspiring, exciting, fun, and thought-provoking professional development! #STEMed #STEAM #MakerEd

    I felt incredibly fortunate to be in a room of educators on June 21-22 for two days of Picademy hosted at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey! The workshops were led by Andrew Collins (Educator Training Manager at ) and Raspberry Certified Teachers from previous co-horts (Amanda HaughsChantell Mason, and ). There was a separate Picademy June 18-19 and other networking opportunities throughout the week facilitated by Dana Augustin (Educator Program Coordinator at ). Per Picademy’s website:

    Picademy is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free face-to-face professional development programme that supports educators throughout their digital making and computing journey. This two-day training event is held at venues around the UK and North America. After completing the programme, educators join a community of passionate digital making practitioners.Interested in attending? Visit our event calendar to find a Picademy near you.

    Day 1 consisted of a crash course in setting up the Raspberry Pi (HDMI to a screen, USB to keyboard and mouse, power cord, SD card) and gaining insights into a variety of attachments and HATs (GPIO boards, Sense Hat, Explorer Hat Pro, Piano Hat, Mini Black Hat Hack3r, Camera Module V2, Traffic Light add on).

    Day 2 was an opportunity to break into groups and have extended time to develop a project prototype. I partnered with Cathy Knives Chau and Lauren Berrios, and we created PiPix, a portable RaspberryPi powered Polaroid-inspired camera that can be picked up by students at any time to take pictures of class projects or on class trips. Different filters can be applied, and photos would be uploaded to a class Twitter stream. We successfully designed a countdown timer to display on the SenseHat, enabled the SenseHat’s joystick to take the picture, and had a random filter applied to the captured image. We needed more time to have the joystick be used to choose a filter and/or allow the user to choose to capture an image or an animated GIF. We were on the verge of integrating our program with Twitter’s API (Thanks to Cathy!), but didn’t manage this in time. Cathy, Lauren, and I are hoping to gather later in the summer to complete a successful PiPix prototype!

    Here’s our code so far…

    # PiPix
    # Using SenseHat for Geo location, four buttons for filters, countdown
    # Use imestamp and direc tion from joystick on SenseHat
    from picamera import PiCamera
    from gpiozero import Button
    from sense_hat import SenseHat, ACTION_PRESSED, ACTION_HELD, ACTION_RELEASED
    from time import sleep
    from signal import pause
    import random
    import datetime
    import time
    #import tweepy
    #import json
    camera = PiCamera()
    sense = SenseHat()
    #with open(‘twitterauth.json’) as file:
    #    secrets=json.load(file)
    #auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(secrets[‘consumer_key’], secrets[‘consumer_secret’])
    #auth.set_access_token(secrets[‘access_token’], secrets[‘access_token_secret’])
    #twitter = tweepy.API(auth)
    randeffect = [‘colorswap’,’watercolor’,’cartoon’,’sketch’]
    t = (7, 219, 252)
    a = (252, 113, 7)
    countdown1 = [
        t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
        t, t, t, a, a, t, t, t,
        t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
        t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
        t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
        t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
        t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
        t, t, t, a, a, a, t, t]
    countdown2 = [
       t, t, t, a, a, a, t, t,
       t, t, a, t, t, t, a, t,
       t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
       t, t, t, t, t, a, t, t,
       t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
       t, t, t, a, t, t, t, t,
       t, t, a, t, t, t, t, t,
       t, t, a, a, a, a, a, t]
    countdown3 = [
        t, t, a, a, a, a, t, t,
        t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
        t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
        t, t, t, a, a, a, t, t,
        t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
        t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
        t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
        t, t, a, a, a, a, t, t]
    # Joystick
    def capture(event):
        if event.action !=ACTION_RELEASED:
            date =“%m_%d_%Y_%H_%M_%S”)
            camera.image_effect = random.choice (randeffect)
    sense.stick.direction_any = capture
    #for i in range(4):
    #        camera.image_effect = random.choice(randeffect)
    #        camera.capture(“/home/pi/PiPix{0}.jpg”.format(i))

    Chantell captured some video of our presentation and shared it via Twitter. Her tweet is pasted below:

    Below, I’ve gathered my tweets from the two-day workshop:

    And here are two tweets which include info about stuff I need to explore further…

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