GOW 2015 at Casalgrande (Reggio Emilia): using technology to make things

On March 28, Casalgrande library near Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with Intern@mente - Laboratorio Informatico, organized as part of the GOW 2015 a training and demonstration event for the youngsters of the local junior high schools on coding, 3D printing etc..

At first, students were presented Arduino e Raspberry Pi devices and were given very basic coding notions. These were followed by some practical demonstrations, especially on the 3D printer, which was used to produce funny coloured bracelets for the teachers. During the event, students could see at work an anthropomorphous robotic arm, a "face" prototype used in stop motion animation, both produced with the 3D printer, and a toy with leds that would light up with a handclap. 

Undoubtedly, the greatest excitement among participants came with the flight of a small drone (Drone view of Casalgrande library and square) which had been partly built with pieces made again with the 3D printer.

The goal of the event was to show the youngsters that new techonologies can be used to develop and test new ideas, and that being technically proficient enables you to do many more things than just changing the settings on a computer or cracking a videogame.
From the very positive and interested reactions of the students, and also of the teachers and some Municipality officials, these messages seem to have been fully received by the audience.

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