A tech experiment in cultural outreach


Event Overview

Culture is a strong part of people's lives. It influences their views, their values, their humor, their hopes, their loyalties, and their worries and fears. So when you are working with people and building relationships with them, it helps to have some perspective and understanding of their cultures.

If cultural groups join forces, they will be more effective in reaching common goals than if each group operates in isolation. Each of us can build the kinds of communities we dream of.


Southwest Career and Technical Academy


November 24th & November 25th
8:00 am - 1:00 pm


To bring together two polar opposites, computers and dancing. We wanted to get away from social stereotypes in both areas and bring together two things that wouldn't normally coincide.


  • Sophomore Workshops

  • Making your own Mixtape Cover

    We will teach our visitors how to use the basics of Photoshop including layer styles, selection tools, cropping and text to create their very own mixtape cover. This will show an easy way to manipulate an image in Photoshop while incorporating a “modern,” interesting feel to the workshop.

  • Dancing on the World

    Participants will be completing three activities within Photoshop and Illustrator, using a variety of tools to edit and manipulate a photo of themselves. They will be changing the background and adding other details in Illustrator. Groups will be creating a photo to put themselves anywhere on the world which has a fun feeling to it.

  • Creating a Logo Workshop

    We will be using Illustrator and teaching the basics of Illustrator such as the pen tool, gradients, transparencies, shapes, etc. After teaching Illustrator, we will have students design a new logo for their dance group or a personal logo using the techniques we taught. We will teach for 10 minutes and let them work for 35. We are going to make an instructional video on Illustrator and walk them through it.

  • Junior Exhibits

  • How to make Infographics

    We will teach students how to utilize infographics, the purpose of them, and how we use graphics to educate people while appealing to their design senses. We will display an infographic on infographics in order to convey the importance and usefulness of them. They will then learn how to create one themselves and practice.

  • Drawing with Sketchbook Express

    Sketchbook Express is a free drawing application available on tablets and mobile devices. In this exhibition, students will learn how to use Sketchbook Express and its many features, such as layers, the different brushes, and other settings in the application. They will learn how to blend using different types of brushes and color values. Learning this application will enhance the student’s painting and drawing skills, preparing them for a future of art.

  • Pixelated

    The students will be learning about multiple topics ranging from how their eyes work to how their computer screens display information. In order to give the kids a hands-on experience, there will be a light grid setup with which they can create pictures using LED lights. After doing so, they will also have the chance to view our graphic media showcasing how the lights they were playing with work, how their eyes perceive and interpret light, and how these lights relate to our computer screens.

  • Elements of a Logo

    A logo is a key element in branding yourself or your company. We will teach students the basics of logo design by explaining the elements and components involved in creating a logo. We will show them the process of choosing a design and a color scheme in detail.

  • LED Cube

    During the exhibit, we will relate to programming by displaying an LED cube. We will start to explain what an LED cube is and how you create and use it. We will then explain that programming the LED cube is similar to coding a website. Depending on your code, the cube will light in a certain pattern or color depending on what type you have. This relates to web design because, when you code a website, you’re step by step telling the browser what information you’re trying to display. The cube is similar because we use a programming language called Arduino to program to club to our certain liking.

  • Senior Workshops

  • Let’s Flap

    In this workshop, the students were introduced to the world of coding through a hands on activity. They were able to understand the code of the popular app, Flappy Bird, using a series of blocks that reflect the real HTML coding that makes the app work.

  • Coding Creativity

    In this workshop, students will learn to code simple instructions for the site to follow. The game “The Artist” will teach them that codes allow them to transfer their creativity to technology devices. They will get to draw different patterns and shapes through simple Javascript concepts.

  • APP-ly Yourself

    In this workshop, students will be introduced to important computer science topics beginning with the "Binary Bracelets" hands on activity. Then, they will be allowed to explore Hour of Code with TouchDevelop and make apps with the guides.


Importance of Code

So, Why Should I Learn to Code?

As technology grows every day with new devices coming out so quickly, coding is becoming more important especially if you want a job in technology. Any of your favorite apps or websites are all made by teams of coders who spent hours creating enjoyment in which you can access at any time. Coding is like learning a new language but once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature at leaves you with endless possibilities for a career or even just as a hobby.


" Here we are, 2013, we all depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids right now, starting at 8 years old to read and write code."

Guest Speakers

Anthony Cardona



Dana Ayles

Dana Ayles

Tech Entrepreneur

Kim Do

Kim Do



Team Treehouse

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Culture Shock

Learn to perform hip-hop dancing.

Event Location

Southwest Career and Technical Academy

7050 W. Shelbourne Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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