DHF Springing Up Around Town


March has passed, which means we welcome a new month and new adventures for the DHF team.

Digital Harbor Foundation will be busy either hosting, running, coordinating, making, or participating in multiple events throughout the Baltimore area. These are places we will have a presence out and about around town in the coming weeks! We hope to see you out there!

*Please keep in mind not all events are free or open to the public.

newheader_sciencefair_2015 White House Science Fair

We are honored and excited to have one of our elementary makers representing DHF at this year’s White House Science Fair, the 6th and final of President Obama’s administration! You can watch a live-stream of the event on April 13th and we will be sharing highlights throughout the day on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You may also want to read-up on last year’s DHF youth who participated in White House Science Fair, Sierra Seabrease.


2016 Summer Resource Fair Summer Resource Fair

Looking for Summer Camps but not sure where to start?! Join us on April 14th at 10am for the Summer Resource Fair (sponsored by Family League and B’More, Read More). Melissa will be hosting a table to share information about our upcoming Maker Camps. This will be a great opportunity to connect with summer providers throughout Baltimore City.  Location: Maryland Book Bank ( 501 N. Calvert Street )


USA Science & Engineering Festival

USA Science & Engineering Festival

We are thrilled to have Adam, our Senior Tech Specialist, represent DHF at this year’s USA Science & Engineering Festival. If you have the opportunity to attend this special event make sure to stop by the Raspberry Pi booth to visit Adam.  More Information: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/


Windsor Mill STEM Night

Melissa and Jonathan will be traveling to Windsor Mill Middle School to host a fun STEM project to students and parents. This event is only for the Windsor Mill Middle School community but if any schools want DHF to host a STEM project email us.


 Abilities HackathonAbilities Hackathon

Mark your calendars! On April 22-24 the first Baltimore Abilities Hackathon will be hosted at the Tech Center. This is a collaborative effort to engage the tech community in human-centered design practices for individuals with needs related to their impacted abilities. We are looking for talented developers, makers, programmers, and designers to join us. Tickets are $20 which includes T-Shirt and Food for the whole weekend. More Information: http://abilitieshackathon.com/


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DHF will be hitting the road to head to Ocean City for the 4th Annual Common Ground Conference, “Maryland’s top professional development of the year”. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear thought-provoking speakers, experience hundreds of inspiring sessions, and there will be demonstrations of the latest products. If you are attending make sure to say “Hi” to Melissa and Josh in the Exhibitor’s Hall. More Information:  http://www.commongroundmd.org/



On April 30th both DHF Youth and Staff members will have the opportunity to host a booth at this year’s RobotFest. “This event will welcome all roboticists, hackers, artists, hobbyists and makers of any age who have the unquenchable urge to develop and create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics, fabrics, and mechanical parts. Join the fun and excitement with hands-on exhibits, and workshops!”  More Information: http://www.robotfest.com/



Youth – Come Make Awesome Things with Us


Do you know a youth who loves hands-on projects or experimenting with technology? We have an afterschool program perfect for them!

Our Maker Foundations program is an introductory course for middle and high school youth. Youth will have the opportunity to explore emerging technology topics where they will design and 3D print their own creations, learn to program games and make their own game artwork, make a website, create interactive electronics, and much more.


Programs will be offered either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm. This Spring we will continue to offer an All-Girls Cohort for young female makers who want to build connections and create new friendships among other females. The All-Girls Cohort will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays and the Co-Ed Cohort will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.


We hope you will join us for this incredible afterschool program and we hope to foster young makers’ passion through our Maker Foundations program. To learn more and sign up visit digitalharbor.org/maker or email us at contact@digitalharbor.org

Thank You AOL Volunteers



Every year AOL sets up a global volunteer day called Monster Help Day, in which AOL employees take time outside of the office hours, to help their local community. This year Digital Harbor Foundation was honored to be one out of 68 global partners for Monster Help Day 2015.

This was our third year partnering with AOL for Monster Help Day and we were seeking help with a few in-house improvements for our Tech Center. The AOL volunteers were eager and friendly and, in just a few hours, completed many projects to bring more polish to our space.

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Green Screen Wall – This was a project our Mini Makers (and Staff!) are really excited about! The green screen wall will be used for our upcoming Film Maker Maker Camp. (PS: We still have spots available in our Film Maker Maker Camp session for 3-5th grade!)

Youth Bulletin Board – We have been in need of a bulletin board to share information about upcoming workshops and opportunities to all our youth and families. AOL Volunteers helped install and decorate the Youth Bulletin Board.

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Community Bulletin Board – We are always excited to learn about new events and opportunities in the Baltimore City Community. Now, we are even more excited to have a bulletin board to help promote new events and share information with our youth and families.

Director’s Office – When the Tech Center made its transformation from Rec to Tech, we needed an office space that was closed off from other rooms, so we had to make our own wall to split one giant room into two. That was about 2 years ago and that wall still needed some TLC. AOL volunteers helped spackle and finish the wall in the Director’s Office, it looks amazing and has made the room look more finished.


Lego Interactive Wall – The Tech Center gets lots of visitors of all ages, and we have been dreaming of an interactive Lego Wall for a long time. Our awesome volunteers helped bring this dream into its first version of reality! Come visit to check out our Lego Wall and create a design of your own!

A giant Thank You to all the AOL Volunteers for taking the time to help us on Monster Help Day. It is always a pleasure to work with you each year and we look forward to the next opportunity!

Summer 2015 3D Printing Educator Workshops


As we head into summer, we are preparing our offerings for educators and have a full calendar of technical and maker workshops open.  Are you an educator with an interest in 3D Printing? If your answer is “Yes!”, you won’t want to miss out on our upcoming 3D Printing for Educators Workshop in July & August 2015.



This 4-day training will prepare educators of many types to get started with 3D printing in their learning space. We will cover the technical skills needed to use and maintain your 3D printer, the software used for 3D designing and printer control, as well as activities and ideas for integrating 3D printing into your program. Every participant in the workshop will receive a 3D Printing Starter Kit, which includes a Printrbot Simple 3D Printer and mini tool kit.

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With the help of our 3D Assistance team here at the Tech Center, all workshop participants will have a reliable support group to help with any issues with their 3D Printer during the workshop.

Again, this workshop is intended for educators who work in many learning spaces. Previous participants have included librarians & media specialists, K-12 classroom teachers, and afterschool program providers.


To learn more about the workshop and get all of the details, visit our 3D Printing for Educators workshop page. You can also read our recap post from the March 2015 workshop and check out our Flickr album for the workshop.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at contact@digitalharbor.org. We hope to see you at our next workshop!

Local Educators Learn to 3D Print


Our 3D Printing for Educators Workshop in March was such a success, thank you for all who participated. The 3D Printing for Educators workshop is a multi-day training course, where educators are given the resources, tools, and hands-on training of 3D Design & Printing to bring back to their learning space.


At this workshop we had our first round of Perpetual Innovation Fund participants (10 educators total) and first ever 3D Assistance (Adam, Amiri, Darius, & Samuel) to help assist the workshop. Shawn and Steph Grimes, who facilitated the workshop, knocked it out of the ballpark, both giving excellent advice about working with youth to ensure excitement for designing and printing.


We started with introductions, then quickly dove right into unboxing everyone’s Printrbot Simple 3D Printers. All our workshops come with a starter kit to ensure you have the right tools for success and this workshop comes with a 3D printer for each participant. The unique and exciting part is each educator has the opportunity to troubleshoot the printer, so they learn how to calibrate, learn fundamentals of 3D Design, and practice printing throughout the whole workshop.


If you missed out on the March 3D printing workshop, don’t worry, we will be hosting another workshop in July. To find out more information, you can visit this page: Summer 2015 3D Printing for Educator Workshops. If you have any questions, you can email us at contact@digitalharbor.org.

Maker Educator: 3D Printing Night Recap


Maker Educator: 3D Printing Night is our most recent offering from DHF’s Center of Excellence with the focus on bringing together educators to learn, create and, inspire each other.

The Maker Educator Meetup is designed to focus on three key components: review of new technology tools, hands-on learning techniques to apply the covered materials, and networking among educators to share ideas and experiences. We will meet quarterly to explore the latest technologies in the field and discuss practical applications to bring back to the classroom.


Our first meeting was held in December 2014 and the night was chock full of insightful tips shared by Shawn and Stephanie Grimes. We started the night with a quick presentation about 3D Scanning technology and reviewed different types of 3D Scanning tools to help users decide which tools worked best for them. Then, we jumped right into demonstrations on how to use the scanning tools and we loved seeing participants so eager to engage with the 3D printers and scanners. Participants not only walked away with new resources and connections, but some participants also had 3D printed busts made. To see other photos from the Meetup visit our Flickr page here: Maker Educator: 3D Night.

If you weren’t able to make it to our first meeting, but would like to learn more about the materials covered, you can read Shawn’s review of 3D Scanners here: 3D Scanners: A Quick Review.


Thank you to all those who attended our first gathering, we can’t wait to see how the group grows and develops! The next Maker Educator Meetup will be March 25, 2015 and you can signup here: Maker Educators: 3D Night.