Cost: $650 (includes lunch, a book, and a Makey Makey KIT)
Teachers: Jo Ben Whittenburg and Erin Carter
Calling all creators, inventors, programmers, and makers! Are you ready for an exciting and challenging opportunity this summer to sharpen your programming skills at a fabulous local maker lab? Are you relatively new to programming and looking for some introductory experiences with coding and creating? Whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, spend two weeks tinkering, constructing, designing, and debugging with a variety of programming platforms, including Scratch, Microworlds EX, Turtle Art and more. Participants will also work towards bringing their own original projects to life utilizing physical computing tools such as Lego WeDo, Makey Makey, Hummingbird, and Little Bits.
Nancy Jo Sales, an award-winning Vanity Fair journalist and author will present a talk on the use of social media by young people and the challenges they are facing, entitled “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers,” the title of her newest book.
Instagram, Yik Yak. Snapchat. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder.Social media pervades the lives of young American teenagers. Teen culture is online. As the result of investigation, research, and interviews conducted with more than 200 young girls about their social media and internet habits, Ms. Sales will share her insight on the secret lives of today’s teens and the dangers of misogyny, harassment, pornography, sexism, and cyber bullying. She will explore what social media is doing to an entire generation, and how parental awareness can help the self-esteem and identity of children as childhood ends.
Tuesday, September 27
7:00 to 9:30 pm
The talk will be followed by a Q & A and book signing.
Ron Lieber, the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times and author of the instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money will present a talk, “How, When and Why to Talk to Kids About Money” (whether they are 3 years old or teenagers!) on October 20 at 7:00 pm.
Lieber, a personal finance expert and father, will explain how talking openly with children about money in meaningful family conversations can help parents raise children who are modest, patient, grounded, and financially wise young adults. His talk is applicable to children of all ages and families of all incomes. He will offer practical guidance for the best ways to handle a range of financial issues from the tooth fairy to allowances, charity, savings and checking accounts, and more. Parents will leave with insight into how to model financial behaviors and how to embrace the topic of money with their children, resulting in raising kids who are less materialistic and more generous.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Q & A and book signing will follow the talk.
“All of us worry about how to give our kids a proper dose of perspective and gratitude. Ron Lieber’s explanation about how money conversations imprinte these good values (and so much more) is just the thing parents need to read right now.” Madeline Levine, Author of The Price of Privilege