2nd Grader who attended TechyKids Camp 2016

“This summer I went to TechyKids camp.  We got to program Thymio and make things on computers come to life.  Sharon Marzouk is helpful, nice and always lets you do what you want to do and is it is also said clearly she is the best scientist on the planet.” -James, Entering 2nd Grade

Kevin who attended TechyKids Camp

A Maker Faire Inspiration Story

Some background: Maker Faire 2014 a girl named Normandy came and visited the TechyKids booth on Saturday. She spent hours at the booth playing and then learning to program Thymio. Normandy Maker Faire 2014After being there for hours I was sad to see that she had left without saying bye. Well, she came back a few minutes later with a friend, to then teach her programming. Normandy spent the WHOLE DAY with us on Saturday! When Maker Faire was closing we said bye to Normandy.

Well, the following day, Normany CAME BACK, first thing in the morning! She had her dad with her this time and he had heard how she spent the entire previous day at the faire at our booth, so gave her a 20 minutes more to be at our booth on Sunday so they could see the rest of the Faire. And when the time was up, he looked at his watch and said OK, time to say goodbye and see the rest of the faire, you promised! To which Normandy reluctantly said ok… and then whispered to me with a smile…”I’ll be back!”Normandy

Well, she didn’t come back that day. Six months later I received a Thymio order that I mailed off. Then a couple of weeks later I received a posting to the TechyKids Facebook page

“My 8 year old finally got a Thymio for Christmas. She’s wanted one since Maker Faire 2014. She loves her Thymio and has even named it Poppy. The sticky note says, “It’s amazing how one speck of hope can go so far”. -Lysa Marie Filcek

I was delighted!  And the best part is the following year, Normandy came back to Maker Faire and volunteered at the TechyKids Booth!

Normandy at Maker Faire

From Students:paxton tech1_small

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Paxton, 5th Grader – Hand drawing of Robot Project, Explorerbot

Paxton’s Explorerbot Projectbrynn tech_small

From Parents:


“Thanks for your inspiration to Anja and Dani” – Parent from school and had two girls attend TK camp

Testimonial 2/18/2015 – from parent who brought daughter to camp summer of 2014, from 2 hours away and stayed in a motel locally, so daughter could attend camp!

Hi Star Academy Leaders,
Below you will see the flier for Robot camp.  Elizabeth and I attended last year.  It was a great experience.  Some other families might like this.
The woman that puts this on is a teacher in the local district down in the bay.  I found the environment safe and well controlled.  The class covered not only programming, but creativity, invention and presentation.  Each day the kids learn skills to program the robot.  Then they use Legos and crafting skills to create some invention.  Then the use google apps to create a logo and a power point slide deck.  Last year they also used a green screen and Google docs to script a movie.  On Friday the teams present their work to the parents.
I don’t know if we will attend again this summer.  We might.  It was a neat experience and I think Elizabeth would get more out of it after a second time.  There are a bunch of skills and Sharon keeps things moving right along.  So a second year might good for refresh and retention.
We stayed in a motel 6 across the water (10 minutes) in Fremont.  It was, for the kid, like camping.  Over all it was and adventure.  We also headed down to Carmel the weekend immediately following robot camp.  It was great to see all the paintings and sculpture in Carmel.

I don’t know if some of the Star families would be interested in this, but I thought I would share the flier.


Bob Perrin