Summer Entrepreneur Brings STEM to Local Kids - theHumm July 2019
Summer Entrepreneur Brings STEM to Local Kids - theHumm July 2019
Beckwith Ontario is known for its rural warmth and close agricultural community, but did you know it is also a hub of STEM activity (science, technology, engineering and math)? Gabe Braden, a recipient of the Ontario Summer Entrepreneurship grant, started his robotics hobby almost eight years ago, which is pretty good, because he is only 15. “My dad got me a Lego EV3 robot for my seventh birthday and it just went from there,” he explains. “As a 7-year-old, it was like having Battle Bots in my house. My brother and I have been creating autonomous drawing bots, drag racers and ball runs… and all kinds of stuff ever since.”
Gabe and his team, Steampunk Robotics, have participated in and won several local robotics tournaments.This part March, Beckwith Township partnered with Steampunk and ran a STEM workshop for students in middle school. “My goal is to spark an interest and to give students the tools to pursue programming and robotics when they leave the camp environment,” says Gabe. “I want them to go home and start programming and let it take them wherever they want it to. Web design, robotics competitions, or just get them thinking about taking some computer science courses in high school. I want kids to move from consuming technology and become creators.”
Gabe, whose family has never owned a TV or a video game console, acknowledges that his mentor, a long-time Beckwith resident, gave him the confidence to apply for the Summer Entrepreneurship grant. “Mr. Rob Mains has been my tech mentor, specifically for programming, and I don’t think I would have had the confidence to launch a business if he hadn’t supported me,” he explains. “I want to give that kind of confidence to other students. It is also just really fun. I think I have more fun at the workshops than the students sometimes.”
Gabe has used the grant money to promote his webpage, rent local venues, and to purchase more robotics kits so his workshops can host up to twelve students, aged 8–14. He is also building on his tutoring business, which supports high school students from Osgoode to Almonte through their computer science courses. Steampunk Robotics has several camps and workshops going on this summer. Calvary Christian Academy, a private school in Franktown, is hosting Steampunk’s inaugural Sumo Bot tournament in July. Check out Gabe’s webpage steampunkrobotics.net for more information about his workshops this summer!
By — Paul Joyce
It’s that time of year again, when the rattle of expensive metal is heard coming from car trunks and when spouses disappear for hours at a time, reappearing with sunburns, bug bites, and either smiles, scowls, or looks of quiet resignation.
Yes, it’s golf season.
For the final show of its 2018/19 series of plays, Studio Theatre Perth presents The Ladies’ Foursome, a Norm Foster comedy that will make you love the game, even if you, well, currently hate your game.
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By Sebastian Weetabix
Like many things related to food (or at least food in our part of the world), the term “restaurant” originated in France. It originally applied to the fare (it was “restorative”), but by the 17th century it had come to mean an establishment where one could eat a meal and pay for it. Eating “out” as a common practice for common folk has its roots in travel and the need for refreshment en route. Those who provided it were, rightly, termed restorers or restaurateurs. Their establishments came......
The Arresting Art of Fred Fowler - theHumm July 2019
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
It’s invigorating to meet someone who challenges your subconscious prejudices. I was surprised to learn that Fred Fowler, outgoing President of the Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association, is a retired Toronto cop. There’s absolutely no reason an ex-cop can’t be a good artist, yet meeting him and seeing his eclectic art definitely expanded my awareness of the influence the mass media has on our preconceptions.
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By — Pippa Norman is graduating from ADHS this year and will be going on to pursue a Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University next fall
Whoever coined the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” must have done so after attending a rehearsal for one of Almonte & District High School Drama Club’s plays. The village being Almonte, and the child being the play.
If you were to attend one of the rehearsals yourself, you would feel as if madness had descended upon you. Student actors fervidly run lines; community volunteers sew seams, drill screws and climb ladders; and director Jennifer Sheffield barrels around the room......
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Festival of Small Halls 2019 Celebrating Big Canadian Music in Beloved Small Places - theHumm July 2019
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By — Angie Arendt is the Director of Big Stone House: a Center for Courageous Living in Almonte <bigstonehouse.ca>
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From Under the Umbrella Tree to Sleeping Rough… Valley Puppeteers Return to Music and Beyond - theHumm July 2019
Last July, the opera Sleeping Rough premiered at Ottawa’s Music and Beyond festival to standing ovations and critical acclaim. Composed by jazz guitarist Roddy Ellias and with a libretto by poet/......
By — Jeff Mills
Every now and then there are five actual Wednesdays in July, and 2019 is one of those years. The friends of Augusta Street Park are gearing up for their wonderful little music festival “5 Wednesd......
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