Congratulations to DHF Youth Grant Recipients!

Amiri Williams

We are very proud of DHF Member Amiri Williams who has led a team of students who have received grant funding from Youth as Resources (YAR) to start 3D Garden, a community garden in front of the DHF Tech Center! 3D Garden youth will recycle biodegradable plastic from 3D printer filament into compost for their garden.

The 3D Garden team went through a rigorous grant application process in order to secure funding for their project. They completed a YAR grant application and provided a budget and timeline of how they would use the funding. All three youth also made a presentation to the YAR board, which is a grant board made up entirely of Baltimore-area students.

Amiri, the leader of the 3D Garden group, got the idea for the garden because of his passion for 3D Printing and concern for the environment. Most plastic filament from 3D printing is biodegradable, but is often thrown away and not recycled. Amiri wanted to start 3D Garden to start a movement to encourage community members to recycle filament, and build awareness for composting and recycling in the local Federal Hill community.

Their garden is expected to be completed this summer, and we will keep you posted with progress and updates! Once the garden is up and running, you can also drop off 3D filament to be composted for the garden.

Seeking Volunteer with PHP/MySQL experience

Do you have experience with PHP and MySQL? Do you want to put your skills to use to help DHF bring technology education to more youth? Digital Harbor Foundation is looking for a volunteer to help us build out the front end of our student database. We’re looking for someone with the following technical experience:

  • Experience w/ PHP and MySQL required.
  • Experience w/ Laravel or other PHP frameworks desired.

Does this sound like you? Email Greer Mellon at greer@digitalharbor.org for more information.

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DHF Youth Sierra Seabrease Is Presenting at White House Science Fair!

We are excited to announce that the White House has invited DHF youth Sierra Seabrease, a 15 year old Baltimore City youth, to present at the 2015 White House Science Fair today! We are so proud of her accomplishment.

At the Science Fair, Sierra is exhibiting a digital piano jukebox that she designed at Digital Harbor Foundation. Sierra turned an abandoned piano that was left over when the South Baltimore Rec Center closed into the  jukebox. It uses electronic components that connect the piano keys to an digital interface that displays a playlist from Spotify.

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This year’s Science Fair has a specific focus on girls and women who excel in STEM. Sierra could not be a better fit! In addition to working on technology projects at DHF, Sierra is the founder of the Digital Harbor Foundation Makerettes club, a user group for female students at the Tech Center.

This is the second time that a Digital Harbor Foundation youth has been invited to showcase their work at the White House. In June 2014, DHF youth Darius McCoy presented 3D Printers he built at the White House Maker Faire.