city! robots! amazing!

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And then they grow up and go out. Like Out There, into the Big World, into the Big City! This summer Jonas and his friend Aiden went to a two-week intensive at NuVu Studio in Cambridge, MA. Here’s what they have to say about themselves: NuVu is a full-time magnet innovation center for middle and high school students. NuVu’s pedagogy is based on the architectural Studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects.

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They have 3D printers, laser-cutters, and more Apple products than an orchard around the studio. They have interesting maps of the subway, created in past sessions; one was based on geological time (so incredible), so that every inch might represent 10 minutes of time. Jonas and Aiden signed up for the session on Dancing Robots. They stayed with my parents and took the subway to and from the studio every day.

Let me say that again: TOOK THE SUBWAY TO AND FROM THE STUDIO EVERY DAY. (My own baby. Did THIS!)
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We visited the studio for their final presentations, not just to see the robot kids, but also the wearable techno-fashion people and the musical video games guys. So much problem solving happening every day and all the time that it makes your mind boggle and gives me hope about the future. And sure, OK, there were some things that still weren’t quite tweaked right, or could have used another day to work through a problem that had presented itself. But it was super amazing to see all of it and hear about the creative process.

One coach was programming robots for the military through MIT. The other had created a mobile, bike-powered sound system that was used at the Burning Man festival.
SONY DSCSONY DSC How about this Jellyfish Hat with the fiber optics? So Lady Gaga and we are thinking it could be a fabulous rain hat. It changed color in such a subtle, flowing, jellyfish sort of way.

Our guys created the SkeleSnake, below. There are arduinos and servos which, I think might help it move {Jonas confirms this}, with fishing line and these plastic discs that they laser cut. They thought about the design, the physical look, and how to get it moving in the right, snake-like way.
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Wow. I’m so proud of both of these boys for figuring out this experience was something they wanted to do and then DOING IT. That’s really all I can say. Sometimes as a parent I am just amazed.

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