Q: What projects are you currently working on?
For this year’s Teen Tech Week (beginning March 5, 2017), we are introducing Little Maker and Youth Maker products, Makey Makey and Circuit Scribe, that teach the basics of electricity and conduction.I saw these products demonstrated at last year’s American Library Association conference in Orlando, and at Maker Fairs, and realized they would appeal to kids and teenagers especially, combing learning and fun. Makey Makey turns physical objects (I like to use a banana in demonstrations) into buttons for a computer by creating electrical circuits, while with Circuit Scribe, you can build circuits using conductive ink pen, magnetic modules, and paper, and create sensors to act as smart devices. I am also looking into other products to introduce in future Discover Studio classes, such as Squishy Circuits, a product that explores electronics by building circuits using Playdough.
Q: What is something people might not know about you?
I’m a south Florida native, born and raised in Hollywood, Florida.I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business, and a Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance from FAU. I’ve played in a jazz band, and various brass ensembles, and volunteer to teach music at after school brass instrument rehearsals at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale. I worked for 8 months as a marketing intern at Capital Records in Miami while at FAU, and went to the Latin Grammys.
I’m also currently pursuing a Master’s in Library Science degree online at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In my spare time, I read poetry!