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JavaScript, VR and teen-driven robots: Here’s what happened at I/O Tech Fest

Alexa, play "Don't Stop Me Now": The youth event combined innovation (I) and outreach (O).

Not gonna lie, if you missed Saturday’s I/O Tech Fest — an event combining innovation (I) and outreach (O) developed by Zip Code Wilmington educator Tariq Hook in partnership with — tweets aren’t going to do it justice.

The teen-targeted event took over the Route 9 Library & Innovation Center in New Castle with virtual reality demos, gaming, robotics and hands-on coding, plus lunch, all for free.

Much of the event took place in R9L’s Black Box Theater, where lots of digital interaction (and tunes) took place:

Of course, no STEM event is complete without robots. Delaware FIRST Tech Challenge teams, including Razor Steel Robotics and MOE, had their own room at I/O Tech Fest where kids could check out some creative robotics creations and learn how to join a robotics team themselves.

And, finally, kids (and a few adults) learned how to code their own Alexa skill in a JavaScript class that turned out to be the hottest draw of the day.

Sound like a cool scene? Zip Code is planning on more I/O events — keep an eye out to help the youth in STEM movement grow.

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