Full STEAM ahead at the Westport Library!
Youth in grades 5-9 can explore the world of STEAM without leaving the area. Workshops kick off July 12 and run Tuesday – Thursday, 10 – 11:30 am in the Library’s Forum. These are cumulative programs and participants are requested to attend all three days.

Camp Explore is made possible by the continuing generosity of Roz and Bud Siegel.
Programmable Light Sculpture With New Media Artist Balam Soto
July 12-14, 10-11:30 am
For rising 7 – 10th grade students
Limit 18; registration required

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New media artist Balam Soto combines cutting-edge, digital technologies with traditional media. Students will construct a light sculpture that can be programmed with a 32-bit controller board.

Balam Soto has exhibited the world over, from the New Zealand Art Festival, to the National Library of Cameroon in West Africa, to the Centre Cultural in Brussels, to the Gallery of Oi Futuro in Brazil, to the El Museo del Barrio and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City.

Balam’s artwork uses algorithms and digital technologies to reflect the relationship between human and machine. He incorporates cutting edge innovations like artificial intelligence into his work to present a new narrative about conventional uses of technology.
CRITTER CREATIONS with costumer C. Delari Johnston
July 26-28, 10-11:30 am
For rising 5 – 8th grade students
Limit 18; registration required

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C. Delari Johnston is a theatrical costumer with a background in teaching, design, sewing, and crafts. This Introduction to Hand Sewing Class offers real-life skill building as we create a camper-designed stuffed creature. From design to completion, we will cover basic hand sewing stitches, patterns, construction, decoration, applique, and buttons!

C. Delari Johnston has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works, the Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University, Ivoryton Playhouse, Glimmerglass Opera, to Broadway. She was most recently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton".
Make Makey Make With Educational Technologist Josh Burker
August 9-11, 10 – 11:30 am
For rising 6 – 9th grade students
Limit 18; registration required

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In this workshop you will be challenged to build crazy input devices that connect to your laptop and allow you to interact with Scratch projects in fun and engaging ways. On day one we will learn about the Makey Makey, conductive materials, and explore rapid iteration as we design various game controllers. Day two will be spent turning cardboard into musical instruments that connect to computers to make sounds and songs. Finally, on day three, we will get super physical and design some game inputs that really get us moving.

Requirements: computer with USB port, ability to run https://scratch.mit.edu in your web browser, Scratch account set up before the workshop.

Josh Burker is the Upper Middle Division Creative Technology Teacher at Marymount School in New York City. He has taught in both public and private schools, and workshops for teachers, for over 20 years, working with Logo programming, robotics, fabrication, electronics, and art. He is the author of The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun and The Invent to Learn Guide to More Fun, both of which inspire makers of all ages to explore the intersection of crafting and technology through whimsical, creative projects.
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