Intel Collaboration Links Maker and Education Communities in Canada

Intel Family Day at Digifest will Encourage Digital Creativity for Kids of All Ages

TORONTO, May 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Intel Corporation's support of the maker movement is on display in Canada this weekend at George Brown College's Digifest event.  Through existing partnerships with companies that provide tools, platforms and products for the maker community, Intel is offering a unique Family Day experience that will provide hands on opportunities to create and learn with technologies that requires no technology expertise.

Taking place at Corus Quay May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Intel Family Day is made possible through Intel's collaboration with MakerKids, Arduino and Thalmic Labs, and is providing a range of experiences and activities including:

  • Robotic Maker workshops, presented by MakerKids: Moonbase will teach students to control a robot using the Arduino compatible Intel Galileo platform which will help them learn the programming language used by astronauts.

  • 3D Printing workshops: will help participants to design and create their own 3D printable items and walk them through some of the ways this technology is being put to use in the real world.

  • Arduinofest: A show and tell of the most innovative projects using Arduino microcontrollers. Participants also have the chance to meet with Massimo Banzi, the co-founder of Arduino, at the Maker Showcase.

  • Gesture control demos from Waterloo-based Thalmic Labs: the Myo armband is used to control a flying drone wirelessly through natural and effortless movements of the hand and forearm.

"Our intent today is to bring together a broad range of groups from parents to educators to technology companies, and provide hands-on opportunities so everyone can see how easy it is to learn and create using technology that's shaping the future," said Elaine Mah, Director, Intel Canada. "Opportunities like Intel Family Day are essential as they are helping to prepare today's children for jobs that don't yet exist, by providing them with the opportunities and tools to think and create in unprecedented ways."

In October 2013, Intel Corporation announced a collaboration agreement with Arduino LLC, and unveiled the Intel® Galileo board, the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel® architecture.

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Intel: Education and the Maker Community

Intel supports the maker movement to encourage innovation, whether it takes place in a classroom, a lab or a workshop in someone's garage or home.

The company is a founding sponsor of the Maker Education Initiative along with Maker Media*, Pixar* and Cognizant. Intel also drives its Start Making! initiative that aims to build creative confidence and excitement with children for STEM education. Through the program, Intel introduces hands-on learning activities that can be replicated at home or in the classroom using readily available electronics kits, software tools and everyday household materials.

In the past decade, Intel has invested more than $1 billion in K-12 and higher education in over 60 countries to provide the tools and resources necessary to bring 21st century learning into each and every classroom.

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For further information:


Ali Wilson
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Intel Canada
Tel: 416-413-4570

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