STEAMy Summer Days

Mondays-Thursdays (except when noted)
From 1:30-3:30 p.m.
For teens entering Grades 6-10 in the fall.
Registration is required.

This summer the Library is excited to offer 8 weeks of free mini-camps for teens going into Grades 6-10 in the fall. This is the fifth year that Argus, a Verisk Analytics company, is funding these free summer camps.
Week 1: 6/28 – 7/2 (Monday-Friday)
3D Prototyping With The Techno Chix
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Students will learn the fundamentals of 3D modelling and CAD (computer-aided design) using the free Onshape software to make basic models. After learning the basics, students will work in small groups to design a mechanism that will accomplish a challenge (e.g. flinging a ping-pong ball). Based on their modelled designs, students will then build, test, and revise a prototype of their mechanism using basic craft materials like popsicle sticks and rubber bands.
Students will need to create a free account with Onshape.
Students will need to pick up supplies from the Library for this program.

Week 2: 7/6 – 7/9 (Tuesday-Friday)
3D Design And Printing With Woody Poulard
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Learn to 3D model and print with Woody Poulard, custom fabricator and founder of FabriMakr. These 4 classes in March will cover a brief history, applications, and basics of 3D printing. In addition, students will get a chance to learn basic 3D modeling techniques using a web app called OnShape. With these basic skills, students will be able to design and create anything they can think of!
Students will need to create a free account with Onshape.

Week 3: 7/12 – 7/15
Learning How To Paint Using Color Theory With Shakira Cherimond
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Color theory sets the fundamental guidelines around color combinations and harmony. Students will be taught the basics of color theory through acrylic paints. They will then be expected to create a composition using one of the color schemes. Students will need to pick up supplies from the Library for this program.

Week 4: 7/19 – 7/23 (Monday-Friday)
Introduction To Website Development With Mustafa Ajmal
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Introduction to Web Development is a five day course where you will be learning the basics of HTML, CSS, and intuitive web design in order to help you create your first website. As long as you have a computer, you can participate in the course. We will be using free coding software throughout the course like Repl.it. This course is for all skill levels.

Week 5: 7/26 – 7/29
Introduction to Photography With Mustafa Ajmal
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Introduction to Photography is a four day course where you will be learning the basics and most important aspects of photography: photo taking, composition, editing, self-marketing as a freelance photographer, and more. As long as you have a DSLR, mirrorless, film, or phone camera, you can participate in the course. This course is for all skill levels. Students will need access to GIMP, Photoshop Express, and Adobe Lightroom (7 day free trial).

Week 6: 8/2 – 8/5
Package Design With Shakira Cherimond
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Packaging design involves the design and creation of a product's container and how it looks to consumers who might purchase it. Not only does packing promote a product, it also serves to help protect and prolong the contents as well. Students will learn how to use editing software to create their own label for a soda can.

Week 7: 8/9 – 8/12
Ecosystem In A Bottle With Chelsea Defino
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In this course, students will design and engineer self-watering bottle ecosystems. We will learn the basics of nutrient cycling, engineering design, and sustainability, as well as prototype, construct, and test student designs. This is a fun project that can easily be replicated with materials found at home! If you like gardening, engineering, and the Earth, this class is for you! Students will need to pick up supplies from the Library for this program.

Week 8: 8/16 – 8/19
Intro to Programming using JavaScript With Dana Pompa
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The CodeHS Introduction to Programming with Karel the Dog course teaches students the basics of programming in JavaScript. Students learn JavaScript commands, functions, and control structures by solving puzzles and writing creative programs for Karel to follow. CodeHS is a web based comprehensive teaching platform for helping students learn computer science. Students write and run programs in the browser using the CodeHS online editor. Students will be able to write both text based and block based programs in Karel. Students will need to access Karel the Dog to participate in this program.

Registration for all of these programs starts on Monday, June 7, at 10:00 AM. Registration is through our Online Calendar.

These programs are made possible from a generous donation for Verisk Financial to the White Plains Library Foundation.

Meet The Makers

Techno Chix
Hi, we’re the Techno Chix, an all-girls FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team from Pleasantville, NY! We are the second-oldest FTC team, as well as the oldest all-girls team. FTC is a robotics competition in which we design, build, and code a robot every year, as well as conducting outreach in our local communities to spread STEM and promote the ideals of FIRST.

Woody Poulard
Woody is a mechanical engineer, visual artist and musician living and working in New York City. I specialize in Laser cutting, 3D printing and routing in addition to designing audio-reactive visual installations and performances. Installations and performances have included the use of 3D projection mapping and LED mapping.
Shakira Cherimond
Shakira Cherimond is an 18-year-old artist who likes to use art to express herself through different mediums such as watercolor, acrylic paint, graphic design, and many more. Most of her studies consist of portraits and character design. This Fall she will be attending college at SUNY Purchase.
Mustafa Ajmal
My name is Mustafa Ajmal and I am a student at Oak Ridge High School in California. I'm an aspiring software developer, and have been working with computers for four years, and ever since then I have troubleshooted many computers and worked on many personal websites. I am also a published freelance landscape, urban, and portrait photographer, and have been doing photography for three years. In my free time, I like to run, play video games, and take photos.
Chelsea Defino
Chelsea is a biology, environmental science, and Earth Science educator from the Hudson Valley. She has been teaching middle and high school STEM classes and camps for 8 years. She has done research at Columbia University, NYU, and is currently a NASA STEM Endeavor fellow. She loves hiking, gardening, and exploring the outdoors.
Dana Pompa
My name is Dana, I have been teaching for the last 10 years. I currently teach Computer Science/Computer Applications in White Plains. I am a certified Apple Educator as well as a Microsoft Innovation Educator. I have a Project Lead the Way Computer Science certification and a passion for all things technology. I believe technology is meant to enhance both teaching and learning. My goal is to help expose as many students as possible to the wonderful world of coding!
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