North High’s Teen Tech Week

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The programmable Nao Robot was one of several new technologies on display during North High’s Teen Tech Week. (Photo by Jeff Barlowe)
The programmable Nao Robot was one of several new technologies on display during North High’s Teen Tech Week. (Photo by Jeff Barlowe)

During the annual Teen Tech Week, North High School showcases a number of new technologies that some would call “amazing.” Displays were set up in the library and in a nearby classroom where students eagerly interacted and had hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technologies and the latest digital-age tools.

Displays included: “Lego Mindstorms,” with students in Joseph Lipani’s Robotics Class creating customizable, programmable robots using Legos; “Educational Video Games with Visual Studio 2015,” designed by Colin Cubinski’s Computer Programming Class; “Maker Bot 3D Printing,” with art students in Joseph Giacolone’s class designing 3D objects for printing with the Maker Bot 3D printers; “Zspace-Virtual Reality,” a desktop virtual reality system that allows students to manipulate 3D objects for science, social studies, math and more; “Nao Robot,” an interactive, personalizable humanoid robot that students can program to respond to voice and touch commands; “TriCaster Virtual Sets” offer live virtual sets that are realistic, green-screen environments for student video recording projects; “Google Cardboard” allows students to take virtual reality field trips around the world in a simple and fun way; “Makey Makey” allows students to be creative and learn about circuitry using Makey Makey, an invention kit that turns everyday objects into a touchpad for the computer; and “Creopop 3D Pen,” which allows students to create 3D objects using the world’s first 3D pen that is safe to use and requires no heat.

Faculty advisors for Teen Tech Week were Heather Parris-Fitzpatrick, technology staff developer, and Michael Meehan, audio-visual coordinator and TV North director.

Teen Tech Week is sponsored by the Young Adults Library Services Association.

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