Refresh Annapolis Valley

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June 23, 2018 at 12:00pm

Calling all Digital Builders #ScratchFest is a weekend (June 23th and June 24th) Build-a-thon for kids and teens interested in creating amazing original work with digital technologies, such as the Scratch programming environment, Processing, Virtual Reality, and more. During #ScartchFest, participants will brainstorm an idea, develop their project, and showcase a final prototype. This weekend warrior event provides an excellent opportunity for coders to invent their own projects and demonstrate their knowledge within a collaborative, creative, and playful environment.

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June 16, 2018 at 12:30pm

Machine’s can learning amazing things when we train them. In this Hoist workshop, teens will will explore Artificial Intelligence by learning how to build a program that can guess what it sees in a picture. No coding experience? No worries. This fun introductory workshop is meant for the beginner. Using cutting edge machine learning tools, participants will learn how software is being used to create amazing programs that learn along the way.

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May 19, 2018 at 12:30pm

Interactive jewelry, DIY laser tag, robots you design and build. In this Hoist workshop, teens will will explore electronics by learning how to build and program robots . No coding or electronics experience? No worries. This fun introductory workshop is meant for the beginner. Using the Circuit Playground, participants will learn how coding and circuits are being used to create amazing creations. This workshop is for teens with no prior experience with programming required.

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May 15, 2018 at 4:00pm

Building games is a great way to experience game play from the perspective of the creator. In this creative computing workshop, kids will learn how to program a computer to build their own games and build their own game controllers. Kids will learn basic coding and circuitry concepts in a fun beginner friendly environment. Using Scratch, a visual programming environment, kids will be exposed to an international community of coders making a wide range of games.

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May 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

Animating is a great way to bring a story to life. In this Creative Computing workshop, kids will learn how to program a computer to create animations for their own stories. Kids will learn basic coding concepts in a fun beginner friendly environment. Using Scratch, a visual programming environment, kids will be exposed to an international community of coders making a wide range of animation based projects. This intro workshop is for kids as young as 8 with no prior experience with Scratch required.

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May 1, 2018 at 4:00pm

Art is made with a variety of media - even computers! In this Creative Computing workshop, kids will learn how to program a computer to make interactive artwork. Kids will learn basic coding concepts in a fun beginner friendly environment. Using Scratch, a visual programming environment, kids will be exposed to an international community of coders making a wide range of interactive art projects. This intro workshop is for kids as young as 8 with no prior experience with Scratch required.

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April 21, 2018 at 12:30pm

Do you enjoy painting or drawing? In this Hoist workshop, teens will learn how to program a computer to build generative art. We will learn how how simple math equations can be used to create beautiful and engaging outcomes. No coding experience? No worries. This fun introductory workshop is meant for the beginner coder with a visual arts interest. Using OpenProcessing, participants will be exposed to an international community of coder-artists making a wide range of digital creations.

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April 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

Over the last 30 years, the number of women entering Computer Science university programs has dropped from 50% to around 10%. Once in the program, women have a higher drop out rate than men. And women graduating with Computer Science degrees often leave the field and pursue alternate careers. Dr Randy Newman and Cindy Trudel have been actively researching this phenomenon over the last few years. In this Refresh Annapolis Valley talk, Randy and Cindy will discuss the problem, the programs that Acadia has in place, and the needs for the future.

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April 5, 2018 at 6:00pm

Creative Computing is a course developed by an international network of educators passionate about exposing kids to the computer sciences. Broken up into 7 units, this course uses the popular Scratch programming environment to aid young people (aged 8 to 13) in learning the basics of software development. Scratch is used over the world by students to easily create interactive artwork, interactive stories, and video games while acting as a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer science.

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March 20, 2018 at 7:00pm

Marketing is forever changing. What works one week does not necessarily work the next. Join Duncan Ebata , Evan Hill , and Ashley Greene for a marketing insiders discussion on how to stay on the curve. They will explore why and how empathizing and understanding customers can be game changing; how to “growth hack” your marketing to double your results at half the cost; and time saving and low cost tools for marketing.

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Refresh Annapolis Valley

Refresh is a community of designers, developers and innovators working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of digital technology endeavours in the Annapolis Valley while promoting design, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Refresh meets the second Tuesday evening of each month in the Wolfville area. These are casual affairs with short, member-interest talks followed by an opportunity to mingle.

All are welcome!

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