- (Free) Create your own Pixel Animations using our Pixel Maker computer based App and learn how to download it to a wearable Arduino LED matrix (13 laptop workstations will be setup for attendees to create their own animation frame by frame using our Pixel Maker App. The Pixel Maker App outputs their animation source code which attendees can download to an Arduino LED matrix through the USB port or over Bluetooth LE) (Note: LED Matrices used for the workshop are for demo purposes. We will provide a parts list and links to tutorials from Adafruit so attendees can buy and assemble their own LED Matrices and learn how to setup the Arduino IDE after the show. Our Pixel Maker App will be available for download on Amazon.com and does not require an LED Matrix to run. - (Free) Build your own Mario Maker video game using Wii U Mario Maker (This hands on project is led by an 8yr old Jr Maker who loves Mario. Attendees will use the Wii U Mario Maker game to build and test their own game. Then they will upload their game to the Mario Maker game sharing center where it can be played by anyone who has Mario Maker. Its a very intuitive and fun way to learn how to build your own video game) Make N Takes: - (Free) Build your own LED lantern (Attendees will be provided with an LED lantern kit that they assemble at the booth and get to keep. Each kit includes all the parts and instructions on how to build the lantern.) 4,000 LED Lantern Make and Take kits were created and funded by Harris Corporation and Codecraft Lab volunteers in Melbourne FL. - (Free) 3D printed Bears (with bells in their bellies to show how objects can be inserted mid-print) and Gyro Fidget Dude (to show how to print movable parts in a single print) will be free give aways (while supplies last) Vote for your Favorite Matrix Flare Characters - (Free) There are five Matrix Flare characters who are being cast in a video game we are developing. We give away stickers of the characters and ask attendees to vote for their favorite.)
Our Pixel Maker App was originally created when my son was 5 yrs old as a fun way to introduce him to coding since it visually represents the code it outputs for Arduino IDE. By adding the Ardunio controlled LED Matrices (available at Adafruit.com) my son was able to wear his animations. Our Matrix Flare Pixel Maker App is available for download on Amazon.com so kids can create their own animations at home.