Santa Cruz County Fair. Sept. 14-18, 2016.
Come to the Santa Cruz County Fair, and visit Learn to Discover in the Technology Department in the Crosetti Building. We have some special surprises in store for this year, including a demonstration of the PancakeBot
- the world's first food printer capable of printing pancakes by automatically dispensing batter directly onto a griddle, taking 3D printing to a whole new level!Also, we invite you to submit entries for your own robots, 3D-printed objects, and more in the Technology Department. Entry Guides
are available now on the Santa Cruz County Fair website.
This year's theme is "Cows, Plows & Oh Wows!
". Learn more
Please Help Us
- Volunteer Teacher Assistants (2-4 hours/week)
- Classroom Speakers from Science, Technology & Engineering Fields
- Donations of LCD Projectors and Laptops
We try to keep our class fees as low as possible. For this reason, we are actively seeking your tax-deductible contributions.
Thank you very much for your consideration!
Read About Us
Check out the great feature story
on us in the Santa Cruz Sentinel
our LEGO Robotics activities in Monterey County, as reported in the Monterey Herald
Check out our Past Events
page to see a representative sample of even more events we have either sponsored or participated in.
Maker Faire Bay Area. Friday-Saturday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2016.
Held at the San Mateo Event Center, Maker Faire, is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth: a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. This is an annual don't-miss event! Learn more
Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire. Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz. This was the first Mini Maker Faire in Santa Cruz County! Learn to Discover demonstrated PancakeBot
- the world's first food printer capable of printing pancakes by automatically dispensing batter directly onto a griddle, taking 3D printing to a whole new level. The day provided many opportunities to experience innovation, creativity and fun, fun, fun! Learn more
Movie Premiere! The Legacy of Arrow Development (Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia California). Saturday, January 30, Gearworks Theater @ Six Flags Magic Mountain, 4PM.
Due to overwhelming demand, a second Premiere was held in Southern California, at Six Flags Magic Mountain Theme Park
. The showing was included with admission to the Park, and ACE members with membership cards were treated to priority seating! Check out the sneak peak of the movie!
. (P.S. Hundreds enjoyed the world premiere held at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose on Saturday, January 23, and the movie was greeted by an overwhelming number of rave reviews, including those by many people who used to work at Arrow!)
Movie Premiere! The Legacy of Arrow Development (Montgomery Theater, San Jose). Saturday, January 23, 2016 7:30pm.
Arrow Development was one of the most influential and creative roller coaster design and amusement park ride manufacturing organizations in the world, and it was based in Mountain View, CA (less than 40 miles from Santa Cruz)! It created many well-known rides & ride systems at Disneyland, including those for the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Mad Tea Party, King Arthur Carrousel, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Snow White's Scary Adventure, Autopia, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and more! Our son, Nicholas, has been the primary videographer and editor of this film, which tells the exciting story of Arrow, as seen through the eyes of theme park designers, park employees, and others. It was produced in cooperation with the American Coaster Enthusiasts
, a worldwide roller coaster enthusiast and preservation non-profit. For only $10 ($20 for a VIP ticket!), you can say you attended the Premiere at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose! Hundreds enjoyed the premiere, and it was greeted by rave reviews, including those by many people who used to work at Arrow! Check out the sneak peak of the movie!
The Hour of Code. Dec. 7-13, 2015.
In support of Computer Science Education Week, nearly all of our classes featured a special opportunity for students to experience a taste of the wonderful world of programming
, with fun activities and challenges. The opportunity to learn about programming was presented alongside a discussion of career opportunities
and ways to continue to learn more on their own. This was our third year offering this, and it was a big hit with all our students
, once again! Learn to Discover is a charter member of code.org
. Learn more
Family Fun Night - with Special Guest Speaker, Video Game Designer Mike Parisi! Friday, October 23, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm.
Thank you for joining us for some ghoulish fun, drinks and snacks while you created your very own Halloween-themed video game
, Halloween treat bag (or bookmark or mask), and enjoyed other fun activities!
In addition, we were honored to be joined by Mike Parisi, a local video game designer
, who spoke to us about the video game industry and how to make our ideas digitally come to life, as well as about a game he has created called "Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game"
. Ages 3 and up were welcome! $5/person, or $15/family (4 or more). Learn more