Coco Kaleel will show step-by-step instructions on how to make custom circuit boards for your own technology projects. She will also demonstrate a Stirling engine that she machined from scratch, powered from the excess heat off a cup of hot water.Project Website
Coco Kaleel, a 10th grader, hopes to support and inspire technology novices and enthusiasts with her website http://www.veryhappyrobot.com. Embracing 3D printing, coding, design software, drones, and even Stirling engines, Coco encourages making technology, not just consuming it. Coco had the honor to co-write the foreword to "The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino, and Wearable Tech." Coco has presented her tech projects at Loscon43 and appeared as a panelist on topics such as “Arduino Grassroots Revolution” and “Women in STEM” at Loscon40, did a poster presentation at 3D Printer World Expo, gave her talk “Girls and Robots” at the Texas Linux Fest in Austin, delivered the conference warm-up and taught a soldering class to educators at the Design and Maker Class Colloquium in LA, and was thrilled to do a keynote at the 2016 Student Technology Conference and the 2017 Student STEM + Entrepreneur Conference sponsored by Marymount School in NYC. MAKE Magazine posted on their website about Coco and one of her mentors: “Soldering a Connection – The Start of a Mentoring Relationship” which was translated for MAKE: Japan. Coco enjoys fencing and robotics with her school teams, Latin club; plays saxophone; and is puppy-raising “Poe” a golden retriever for Guide Dogs of America.