Congratulations to TL Innovation Lab on their first robotics exhibit at Maker Faire 2017 in San Mateo! Our Maker Lab team showcased their autonomous model at the world famous annual event that leads the Maker Movement. A fantastic team building effort and learning experience for all our students! Our robots also inspired others, especially the young future roboticists and makers. Our Team also got to meet industry professionals and celebrities along with making friends with the maker community! "The BEST thing I did all school year", said TL Freshman, Maker Team 2017! Special thanks to Roger Ruttiman, Guest Mentor for leading the project and to Hermes Econometrics for sponsoring us! Great Effort! Go Robotics! Go Maker Team 2017! Go TL Innovation! Go TL! Go Maker Faire
Congratulations to TL Innovation Lab's Maker Lab Team for their acceptance as exhibitors in the Bay Area Maker Faire 2017, May 19-12! Our Maker Team led by Mr. Ruttiman, TL Innovation Guest Mentor, will exhibit their Self-driving Model Cars along with a 4 Camera Positional Tracking System developed this Spring as a collaborative hands-on learning opportunity for our students in computer science, electronics, engineering, mathematics, physics, graphic design and design thinking.
Over the last 3 months, Roger Ruitmann, Guest Mentor TL Maker Lab introduced a small but steady group of students to Raspberry Pi, electronics and experimental boards. This Spring, Mr. Ruitmann is teahcing how electronics and software interact in real-time. Self Driving Model Cars will be developed by student teams who will work on a common goal to design, assemble, program, test, optimize a self driving autonomous model car using the RaspberryPi board and the sensors. Our Maker Project is designed to integrate learning with computer science, mathematics, and digital design. Highlights include:
Programming is done in Java using Pi4J libraries.
Applied Mathemeatics--Having moving objects and calculating the trajectory requires some advanced math and Java programming techniques.
Designing and creating a cool chassis would make a difference. 3D printed parts might make it even more interesting
Mechanical assembly, mounting sensors, motor shields take some metal shop input.
More info at http://www.tlae.org/tl-maker
Thursday, March 2, 2017
at Lunch, Room #302
Open to All Students
Meet Aaron Nemoyten a TL grad (Class of 2002) and a long-time video game and computer nerd who landed his first job at age 19 at Toys for Bob--creators of the popular video game, Skylander. Nemoyten is currently an independent app developer.
Learn about his academic path and the twists and turns of his industry career experience that led him to work for tech startups and land new roles at some of the top video game developers including: KickNation (Superhero City), Capital Games (Heroes of Dragon Age), Electronic Arts (Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes).
Ask questions from a knowledgeable industry mentor, and fellow Trojan, who will try offer insight into what you would like to know to launch your own path or startup in tech and video game development.
Industry Insights is sponsored by TL Innovation Lab and the TLTalks, a special Speaker series developed by Academic Excellence at TL. More Info at http://www.tlae.org
In honor of National Computer Science Education Week, Nora Ayanian, MIT's Visionary Top Innovator 2017 and a USC Roboticist & Gabilan Assistant Professor of Computer Science, will video chat with students in the TL Innovation Lab to inspire new academic and career paths!
"Lunch" Hour of Code is coming to TL Innovation Lab on Dec 9 at lunch in room 302! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out intro Minecraft tutorials, win prizes and enjoy pizza party! The goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 5 - 11, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. More info contact: Maya Bartolf at email@example.com
Who said there is no tech or innovation going on at Terra Linda High School (TL)? In fact, TL is going through a digital and tech revolution!
This Fall, we are excited to announce that Academic Excellence will be launching TL Innovation Lab, an umbrella lunch time enrichment program that incorporates coding, making, and digital media. Only a year and a half ago, TL was very much like many high schools with no computer science classes or tech curriculum reflecting a national trend in lack of student interest. TL was also victim of the financial downturn which severely limited the district's ability to add new classes and upgrade infrastructure. In less than 2 years, we are now able to offer lunch time enrichment with more depth and relevance to our students.
In 2013, former Principal Lars Christen told parents that it would be “impossible” to add new classes in computer science or find the Edtech talent within the financial constraints of a “Basic 8” school. In 2014, Academic Excellence (a parent volunteer group that advocates, supports, and develops enrichment programs at TL) reached out to build partnerships with TL administration, San Rafael City Schools (SRSC), and tech-focused companies to help launch TLCoding Lab -- a “startup" lunchtime enrichment program to provide online computer science instruction to all students. CodeHS was the primary community partner, launching the program through a generous donation of their online computer science instruction and mentorship. TLCoding Lab grew quickly and organically through student advocacy and enthusiasm, helping to shape access and build pathways to computer science at TL. TLCoding Lab has expanded from once a week enrichment to 3 days a week or enrichment programs to create more depth in learning through hands-on projects in applied computer science and digital media at our new Innovation Lab.
TL Innovation Lab includes a new Maker Lab and a new Media Lab along with TLCoding Lab to offer more time for students to learn, collaborate, and innovate. A recent gift by Hermes Econometrics gave seed money to start the Maker Lab and Guest Mentor Program to facilitate project based learning in computer science and digital media at TL. The TL Media Lab is lead by Lisa Cummings, a Graphic Design Teacher at TL, who plans to work with our other programs to apply learning in graphic design to computer science projects. The Maker Lab will be headed by a Guest Mentor, an industry professional who will teach hands-on projects to make learning more dynamic for our students.
TL Innovation Lab will continue to attract top tech industry professionals and community partners who have supported our fledgling programs. Lisa Seacat Deluca, IBM’s Master Inventor and MIT’s Top Innovator Under 35, was one of the first tech leaders to encourage our students to bridge the gender gap in technology by advocating for more females and diversity in computer science. Deluca tweeted, “I love what you [TLCoding Lab] are doing and …wish I had something like it when I was in high school.” Roger Ruttiman, Vice President of Technology & Engineering at Dorsal, will be our first Guest Mentor teaching our students how to make really cool stuff to showcase at the Maker Faire 2017!
TLCoding Lab grew quickly and organically through student advocacy and enthusiasm, helping to shape access and build pathways to computer science at TL. TL Innovation Lab is a direct result of the positive outcomes of TLCoding Lab. Student advocacy, along with our deep partnerships with Principal Katy Dunlap, SRCS, and community partners, has opened conversations to support technology upgrades, infrastructure improvements, and new paths for learning in digital Tech. This year, TL received district funding for badly needed upgrades and also added two Advanced Placement Computer Science classes and an Advanced Graphic Design class. Last year, TL Coding Lab organized a screening and discussion with Robin Hauser Reynolds, Director, “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap in Technology in partnership with California Film Institute, Mill Valley Film Festival. Coordinating funding for busses to include students from San Rafael High School, Davidson, and Miller Creek Middle School, TL Coding Lab expanded its reach district-wide.
TLCoding Lab is leading the way in Computer Science!” tweeted Mary Jane Burke, Superindent of Schools Marin County Office of Education at the Summerfest Celebration 2016. TL Innovation Lab continues to evolve and innovate in bringing computer science and digital media instruction to all students at TL and beyond. #CSforallstudentsatTL!
Hermes Econometrics supports Computer Science at Terra Linda High School
Academic Excellence at Terra Linda High (AE@TL) School is pleased to share some wonderful news! Our new corporate partners at Hermes Econometrics, California Registered Investment Advisors based in San Rafael, CA, kicks-off our new school year of financial giving with a generous gift of $13,000 to TLCoding Lab. Hermes Econometrics Corporate Gift will support enriched learning in computer science and technology for all students at Terra Linda High School. Our partners at Hermes Econometrics want to help create new opportunities in Computer Science earlier in the academic lives and careers for all students—and specially to help bridge the gender gap for female students. TLCoding Lab is a lunchtime enrichment program open to all students that provides computer science instruction while building community around all things tech at TL. TLCoding Lab will use this gift to support project-based instruction and materials for applied computer science projects in the coming school year which launches our new Guest Mentor Program. Guest Mentors are community partners who volunteer to come in and teach an applied computer science project to our students.
“We are proud to be a partner of such an innovative and exciting program that provides access and career pathways to computer science for all students-- especially girls who code at TL.” said Maia L. McGehee, Principal, Hermes Econometrics. “We will be able to launch our new guest mentor program which allow our students to work on applied computer science projects with Arduinos and specialized materials and software,” said Craig Taylor, Head Mentor, TL Coding Lab. “This generous gift reflects the importance of computer science as a fundament knowledge base and skillset for students moving forward into their future academic and professional careers,” said Katy Dunlap, Principal Terra Linda High School. AE@TL thanks our wonderful partners at Hermes Econometrics on behalf of Terra Linda High School and all of our students interested in computer science and all things tech!
"Play Games All Day" was the presentation that Mark James, Director of Technology, 2K Games gave to our TLCoding Lab Students as part of the TLTalks Special Speaker Series--an enrichment program designed to inspire our students beyond their academic classes at TL. Most TL Coding students had only a vague idea of what it would be like to work in the video game industry, but James' discussion really created a thorough and accessible understanding of the experience and expertise required to work in the competitive world of the gaming industry. Our students learned that software developers do way more than "Play Games All Day!
Through artful visual metaphors James segmented the software development into 4 categories: Creative, Rendering, Physics and Game Design. He then gave examples roles and work experience for each category;--and how they work with other categories to develop aspects of the video game under the lead of the Technology Director. Our students realized that there are many people, sometimes a small army, to create a successful commercial game. Communication and collaboration were key skills of successful teams in game development. As Director of Technology, James shared how he enjoyed leading the cross collaboration between the development groups, and all games at 2K.
Also, it was interesting to learn that at the C based languages: C++, Objective-C and C# were fundamental to program software in the gaming industry. James kept it real in terms of the extensive skill sets, professional experience and expertise to actually work at one of the top game development companies. Advanced math and physics are fundamental to game design and engineering in gaming. "2K won't even consider you for an internship until your at a senior level in college," said James. Many of our students understood that a solid foundation in computer science and math is the gateway to a professional role in any top gaming company.
"Keep making toys and games ...and that one day you will apply that creativity to your video game" encouraged James. "When I was about your age...I spent many hours in my bedroom teaching myself to code and how to make simple video games," and James encouraged them to stick with it! James is a self taught software engineer. James has been a leader in development at many of the top companies in the gaming industry including: Disney Lucas Arts, and Sony. He now is Director of Technology across all game titles at 2K. 2K Games develops and publishes interactive entertainment globally for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, which are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today’s most popular gaming genres, including shooters, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment.
The 2K label includes some of the most talented development studios in the world today, including Firaxis Games, Visual Concepts, Hangar 13, Irrational Games, 2K Marin, 2K Australia, 2K Czech, Cat Daddy Games and 2K China. 2K’s stable of high quality titles includes the critically acclaimed BioShock®, Borderlands™ and XCOM® franchises, the beloved Sid Meier’s Civilization series, the popular WWE 2K franchise and NBA 2K, the #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise. 2K is headquartered in Novato, California and is a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Thanks so much to Mark James for his generosity, inspiration, and also mentoring our eager students at TLCoding Lab! And also a HUGE shout out from our students for the cool 2K swag!!!!
Just weeks after the Paris climate talk and COP21, TL Visual Art Students celebrated their creative expression and perceptions of their changing world at the opening reception of their new exhibition: Metamorphosis: Explorations of Climate Change by Visual Art Students at Terra Linda High School. San Rafael-based art center Art Works Downtown (AWD) organized collaborative Climate Change exhibitions in their galleries to inspire stewardship of the planet by showcasing a diverse range of artists’ visions of adaptation and responses to our changing environment. TL Visual Art Students were invited to be a part of this collaborative effort organized by Art Works Downtown (AWD), The Baum Foundation, and the Environmental Youth Forum to focus local perceptions on the complex relationship of environment and our changing world in a series of related talks and exhibitions that highlight this important issue within our community in Marin, January - February 2016.
Metamorphosis explores the natural environment and personal perceptions of our students, and the inter-connectedness of their changing world.Transformation, alteration, and adaptation are explored in works created in a variety of media by our Visual Art students.
On the eve of the closing of TL's Metamorphosis exhibit this weekend, reflection informs the importance of such exhibition opportunities for our aspiring young artists. For many of our young artists, it was their first public exhibition of their work, and opportunity to share their creative expression with an audience beyond their campus. "Metamorphosis was a powerful opportunity for their individual expression to become part of a larger voice of artists in their community addressing an important global issue that they will face in their adult lives." said Katy Bernheim, TL Visual Art Teacher. "It is so wonderful to see TL students with their families and our community sharing their work and expression through a lens of environmentalism along with other artists in the community, " said Stan Gibbs, Program Director, AWD. TL Visual art students were so proud taking pictures and enjoying visitors appreciating their work and joining in conversation about art, environment and community with a diverse audience.
Also, the opening reception was not only a celebration of their work, but an opportunity for our students and their families to explore companion exhibitions and perceptions by artists exploring the same subject in the anchor exhibition: Climate Change in the main gallery at AWD. The opening reception for Metamorphosis was timed to be apart of the monthly 2nd Friday ArtWalk celebration, anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios links art venues along downtown Fourth Street the second Fridays of each month. Our students and TL community also had the opportunity to enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments in downtown San Rafael. Our students got to see art as a viable career path by visiting the many open studios and galleries. This monthly celebration drew wonderfully diverse audiences to see our students work and engage in a community of art and environment in our community. "I love to see the TL students and their families so proud and taking selfies with their child's art!" said Maya Bartolf, Chair of Academic Excellence and creator of the Art Beyond TL, a visual art enrichment Program at TL.
So many students, families, friends, alums, and members of the TL Community came out to celebrate and support Metamorphosis and our visual art students. Fellow art teachers from a variety of schools in Marin popped in to congratulate our students and wonderful art teachers. Students found it meaningful to see such community support and also were proud to see many adult alums stop by and share their memories of their art classes and TL experiences in the good old days!"I love that TL art students have this opportunity, and that the programs seems to be thriving.." said "Bebe", Professional Fine Artist and TL Alumna, exhibiting in the anchor exhibit: Climate Change in the AWD's 1337 Gallery.
Our hats-off to our students and our incredibly dedicated art and photography teachers Katy Bernheim, and Allsion Oropallo, for pulling together such an amazing art show. A HUGE thank you to our friends and partners at Art Works Downtown for creating such a wonderful opportunity for our visual art students at TL! Many thanks to the parent volunteers of Academic Excellence@TL who coordinate the details and work to develop the Art Beyond TL enrichment program for our students so that more opportunities to share their work and learn from the art of sharing creative expression with their community.