Maine Computing Careers

This video shows examples of computer programming and information technology careers in Maine.  The variety of employers and applications may surprise you!

Book Giveaway

Maine students:  You can win biographies of computer scientists for yourself and your public or school library during our giveaway.  It's easy -- just tell us which Maine computer science applications (like the ones in the video above) you find most intriguing.  More info here.

Inclusive Computing

Artists & athletes, musicians & mathematicians -- all should have the opportunity to discover the fun of computer science by bringing creative robotic and electronic projects to life.  Gizmo Garden supports Maine libraries, schools, and after-school programs in running gender-balanced, hands-on projects for 5th-12th graders.

Schedule of Library Events

Thanks to our new partnership with Maine State Library, Gizmo Garden programs are traveling to many locations in Maine this autumn.   See the two videos below to get a sense of the projects and then check here for a schedule and sign-up info. The photo above shows Christina Dorman, the state library's STEM liaison, leading a program at Patten Free Library in Bath.

RoboPots at Patten Free Library in Bath.

Invisible Xylophone at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta.

Congratulations to Maine Schools

The following projects completed in spring 2018 were sponsored by Gizmo Garden.

  • Edgecomb Eddy School ended the year with a splash!  They assembled underwater robots, including learning to solder the control boards, and then enjoyed their creations at the swimming pool of the Boothbay YMCA.
  • Oceanside High in Rockland married art and electronics to create a Kinetic Sculpture.  Sensors on a rooftop weather vane send signals to a microcontroller.  The microcontroller then directs motors driving gears on a feather sculpture within a skylight.  The feather sculpture twists with the wind!
  • Bristol Consolidated School got into the summer mood by creating RoboPots -- artistic plant pots with the electronics that make them automatically self-watering.  Check this schedule to find a free RoboPots program at a library near you.