Service to the community is an important mission we strive to fulfill. Our school seeks to have both a global scientific impact and an engaged and relevant local impact to technology related industries in Miami and South Florida. Whether we are providing advanced workshops for teachers, demonstrating state-of-the-art technology at an event, or providing at-risk students with opportunities to learn about technology, our faculty and students are committed to sharing our knowledge and talents for the betterment of society.
The Miami Mini Maker Faire was held in Wynwood to the delight of almost 4,000 attendees and 100+ exhibitors. The Faire is held in creative communities around the world and is a celebration of imagination and innovation. FIU CIS co-produced the event that featured FIU student exhibits and workshops: Deon Wilkins and Fernando Campo presented the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles developed in the FIU Discovery Lab; Charleotte Farolan, Women in Computer Science President and WICS members hosted a day long soldering workshop where they taught hundreds of kids to assemble and solder a small robotic bug or a USB LED Flashlight; Diego Bracamonte worked with Microsoft to demonstrate 3D printing tools and integration; and Adam Manoussakis and members of the Miami Northwestern Bicycle Blenders demonstrated and distributed hundreds of human powered smoothies.
Cristy Charters, one of our new Instructors and the Regional Code.org Representative presented a workshop on teaching computer programming in elementary schools. At the FIU CIS booth our advisors challenged attendees to solve a binary sudoku puzzle. Jairo Pava, and FIU CIS Alumni and Developer for Ultimate Software partnered with Miami Dade County Library System and their Teen Technology Center YouMedia to demonstrate robotics technology and provide a workshop on engineering solutions with robotics.
As you can see from the Miami Herald writeup, this is a great community building and outreach activity to create STEAM career awareness in South Florida. http://miamiherald.typepad.com/the-starting-gate/2014/11/miami-mini-maker-faire-brings-tech-crafts-family-fun-to-wynwood.html
Many of our students and staff made significant contributions to the Faire’s operations especially Sydney Sheran, Ashley Austin, Joshua Martinez, and Camila Lomanto. The event will be even bigger next year and our School will continue to encourage FIU students, faculty and staff to inspire others by sharing their knowledge and creations.
Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences, the Miami Dade County Office of Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, LAB Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, and the Beacon Council, inspired by Code.org, hosted “Code Fest Miami” during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013. Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting computer science education, created a nationwide campaign calling on every K-12 student in America to participate in an "Hour of Code." The initiative engaged schools, teachers and parents across the country to help introduce more than 15 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week.
Throughout the week, Miami-Dade County Public Schools students participated in several in-school activities, online contests, workshops, and a grand coding finale called CodeFest Miami 2013 at FIU, all geared around giving every student the opportunity to write a computer program.
The Miami Maker Faire was held on Saturday Nov. 16th, 2013 at the Lab Miami, located in the Wynwood Arts District of Downtown Miami. The Faire featured over 80 exhibits, presenters, and workshops and was attend by well over 1,000 people of all ages and interests. Maker Faires are known for their eclectic blending of arts and technology in celebrating innovation, creativity and the Maker movement. As a sponsor and exhibitor of the Miami Maker Faire, FIU SCIS contributed to the Faire's success in many ways:
For more information about the event see:http://makerfairemiami.com
Miami Herald's "Miami 'Maker Faire' celebrates creativity, draws plenty of future engineers"http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/16/3758939/miami-maker-faire-draws-plenty.html
Many thanks to all that participated and helped to make Miami's first Maker Faire a great success!