By Tori Wieldt on May 16, 2012
Visit the Java Zone this weekend at the Bay Area Maker Faire (May 19-20 at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds). The Java Zone in the Expo Hall, brings to life storyboarding, 3-D animation building, device programming, body motion sensors, game making, and more. You can:
- Learn how Java interacts with other devices using a motion sensor and a Webcam, the Microsoft Kinect records motion to animate a Java game.
- Play Breakout using the PicoBoard, an external circuit board with sensors for sound, light, a slider and a button, plus four resistance sensors.
- Learn how to build your own animation and learn about storytelling, problem-solving, identifying actors and actions, and more. Then develop, compile, and test programs to animate a story.
- Find out more about the Oracle Academy and check out Alice, a tool used to teach Java programming fundamentals using 3-D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface, Greenfoot, a 2-D tool ideal for teaching Java programming basics in high schools and universities, along with other tools for the twenty-first-century classroom.
On Sunday 12:30–12:55 p.m, you can attend a short panel discussion
on why Java technology dominates cutting-edge software development and what students and newbies need to learn to get started. Oracle’s Maker Faire Panel Presentation, Center Stage in the Meeting Pavilion. Help build the future with Java technology!