November 8, 2015 –
On November 8, 2015, over 35 Britannia Woods parents, children and a grandparent participated in a 4-hour field trip to Maker Faire Ottawa at Lansdowne Park. Passes & a shuttle bus were provided by the community house & Maker Faire Ottawa to all families in the community.
11-year olds learned the basics of soldering with Spikenzie Labs of Montreal. (pictured below)
Youth learned to power a basic motor and build circuits at the Little Bits table. A musical playground was created by Maker Junior Ottawa with a simple Makey Makey tool kit.
Sim Wave, an Ottawa-based Virtual Reality company, offered youth an opportunity to experience the Oculus Rift – the first PC-based Virtual Reality headset.
With a wide view and integrated headset, the Oculus Rift is totally immersive. Funding to develop the Oculus Rift began as a crowdsourcing campaign on Kickstarter.
Technological Tools on display at the Maker Faire event (a global movement with exhibits across North America and Europe) positively impact independence, collaboration, creativity & innovation.