OSSINING, N.Y. -- This year 45 students participated in Ossining’s Summer Programming & Innovation Academy, whose goals include developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while encouraging creativity and innovation.
This was the third year of the two-week program, which was funded by the Ossining MATTERS educational foundation.
Isabella Cedo, who played "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on a virtual keyboard, said the summer academy was “very interesting” and she learned a lot. “You could use your imagination and build anything,” she said.
Activities included building structures out of Popsicle sticks, using electronic modules to provide lighting, creating animation, printing 3-D designs and creating robots. Participants ranged from third to eighth grade.
Marie Felipe, 10, and Anna Mkandawire, 11, were part of a team that built a barn and a doghouse out of Popsicle sticks. They shaped a dog out of Play-Doh and added a number of embellishments, including paper flowers glued to Popsicle sticks and anchored by Play-Doh. They used littleBits to rotate a weathervane atop the barn.
“I like how we get to use electronics to make houses and stuff, and we can make things out of Popsicle sticks, which is a strange combination, but you can make a lot of things out of unlikely things,” Marie said.
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