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JAKE's Toy Box

15530 West 64th Avenue

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Arvada, CO 80007

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Wouldn't it be cool if our toys were able to talk with each other? What if My Little Pony could have a conversation with a Ninja Turtle! You can make it happen with Toys2Life! Participants will learn how to bring their toys to life by writing, tagging, and recording a dozen phrases that allow it to interact with other toys nearby. Students will get to practice creative writing to make up the stories for their toys, record the audio for the scripts and then use computers to program the chip. Towards the end of the first workshop, we will see our character come to life as it talks to the other characters. Follow on workshop sessions (TBA) will allow kids to make their character richer with intermediate and advanced “context free” dialog lines, half contextual stories that can be told to any other character, fully scripted dialogs, and ultimately perhaps a branching dialog plot with various possible endings to the adventure. With enough polish their character may be added as part of the built in cast for other kids to enjoy. Students will use and learn skills in creative writing, audio recording and Java Script Object Notation (JSON) programming.

The workshops are optimal for kids eight and over who have had some experience with computers.

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Teacher: Isaac Davenport PhD

Cost: FREE!

Age: 8 - 12

When: Saturday August 26, 2017. Workshop series coming soon!

Teacher Bio: Isaac got his PhD in Electrical Engineering from CU in 1998 and has worked on dozens of product development programs, run small companies, and worked as a hardware, firmware, and software design engineer and technical management consultant for gigantic companies. He currently is heading up a startup, Toys2Life, making dolls and action figures talk to one another on a kid’s bedroom floor using BLE radios and an AI dialog engine. He frequently does expert witness work on patent cases. Previously he ran the engineering department at Sphero and Syncroness where he worked on products in the medical device, aerospace, instrumentation, robotics, commercial and consumer areas. He has been a mentor in the Boulder County Jail GED program and at the KIP charter school in Denver



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