Lunch with mentor

Wnet lunch- Jermaine asked if we could have  together for my last day ,Wednesday. So I came in and worked as usually this Wednesday but at lunch time he invited everyone I mentee understand for a surprise lunch for me. We went to a pizza shop maybe one street away from the job building and everyone was there and we ate pizza and talked about college experience and they all gave me advice. And we also talked about movie and tv show and they gave me a card and they all wrote in it.

Week three at NYU

This week was filled with working on spread sheets, on Monday I work on inventory I had to count everything in this huge closet and write how many of each item distinguishing then by color and size then enter that information into a spread sheet that they will use during their move to the fourth floor. Then I had to enter clients information into a spreadsheet as well, there was well over 1,000 people I had to enter into the spreedsheet, I also had to do some scanning and dumping. The best thing that happened this week was on Tuesday when my boss gave me a family pass to the metropolitan muesum. Also I learn never buy your metro on Monday or else your going to get to work late. 

Week two at NYU Lagone Medical Center

Monday resulted in me doing the same thing I did last week speaking to patient about mychart, I have to say it was the most boring job ever I was literally fighting sleep. Then Tuesday came and my director saw this wasn’t the job for me I was better equipped to do other thing so she had me file through though letters, send faxes, and prepare letters. Then my boss came in a notice when I speaking to the patient I didn’t have that seller smile she told me put on but I don’t do thing like that (smile for no reason). So she saw that I given a better position were my current skills will be refine, so I was sent to HR the next day to the wellness program under the benefit department. I started with working on the scanning project which basically many scanning a bunch of files since the department was moving floor and could transport all those files since space will be limited. That hole day was spent learning but most scanning document I scan over 200,000 documents. Thursday was scanning and also networking with fellow interns. Then Friday the best of it all I help my director do budget it was such a tideous task because I had to find and ever information on every expense and put it in a spread sheet. I learn it important to write down what you work on at work to remind yourself and to prove your actual getting work done.  


WNET Week 3

My last week at WNET I was invited to take a look and help out at the studio and the broadcasting room, Usually the studio and the broadcasting room are in the same place but for WNET the broadcasting room is on 50th st and the studio is on 66th st, weird. I was stand in audience they had this cool old school vibe band that mixed songs from 1961 all together with jokes in between with facts. I couldn’t take in the studio are once the got started which sucks but it was okay. To set up the lights it took about three hours total because they had to reset the lights again. Later in the week I was also able to see how production planning works and how detail-orientated  you have to be to set up shoots thinking about what you need to bring, what do we do if this happens or that. It was interesting to see all that I noticed that nothing is as easy as they make it look on T.V., at the end of my apprenticeship I realize how everyone here works has a team and if people are missing it postpones the operation.

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This picture looks like this because I took a check picture with my finger on the flash while they were doing the show.

WNET Week 1

I was a little over-excited getting I couldn’t wait to go so I came thirty minutes early.During my first week at WNET I was shown around the offices and introduce to many different people. I also ate lunch with another intern from the finance department her name was Lucy and she was from Baruch High School, Her mentor thought it would be a great idea that we could meet another intern, Which it was. The first thing I was able to do one my first day was to work under Brian the Archive master. He showed me how the process of getting orders to archive projected. He also showed me the 3 TB drives they had to store the projects and the storage room was really cold and loud but that made sense because there were servers in that room. That Wednesday I was able to work in the help desk room for the next two days. They had me pull up new desktops from their storage room all the way in the basement of the building and there was only one elevator that could be take down there but it took forever to arrive each time. The storage room had so many different mice, Desktops, and Monitors. I had to take up six desktops and like seven monitors. The next day I guess the senior of the help desk room Wayne, made me go through a troubleshooting test to see how reacted in a situation where the computer wasn’t working. I learned a lot of different things I didn’t know before all of the testing. Then on Friday I was taken to the Ingest room. This is a met Jermaine’s secret secret weapon Erick. On this day Erick taught me how to work the machines in the room and tested out my knowledge of filming and broadcasting rates and frames. He also showed me how to use Final cut pro and gave a tour of the editing world of WNET.


Aegis Capital Apprentiship?? Kinda Late Week 1 Supposed to be 7-10-15

So this week at the financial institution we call Aegis Capital Corp, the big bosses have been driving the operations department absolutely crazy. We have multiple branches and within the last two weeks we have on-boarded three more branches. One in Coral Gables, another in Sarasota and finally one in Portland, Oregon. Though we are only fully responsible for one of said branches it seems as if we are doing a majority of the paperwork for all of them. It has been beyond hectic and the brokers aren’t making it any easier. My job has been faxing, scanning and sending out lead letters and other various odd jobs to make the lives of those in the operations department slightly easier. But anyway, Amanda signing out!!

Elia Life Week 1: Kelvin Yu

On the 16th of July I started my summer apprenticeship at Elia Life and within 4 hours of working I managed to learn a completely new alphabet! Right at the start of the internship Andrew Chepaitis and Monique Alofs, our coordinators, introduced us to their reinvented version of Braille, the Elia alphabet, and talked about the benefits it has over Braille, the current system of writing/reading for people with visual disabilities. Some of these advantages being easier to learn and in the future when they’re finished with the printer, much easier and cheaper to acquire products with the Elia Alphabet. We were also given a rundown of what they expected us to do during our apprenticeship, and that is to create a database for them that has information on potential crowd funders, because they are still a tech. start-up and in order for the product/idea to become an actual product, they need money and grants. We were also tasked with testing out their current printings of the Elia alphabet on a keyboard cover, which was created with a printer that can melt wax and create the grooves and shapes of the Elia alphabet. Oh and awesome news, we get to work with Chromebooks which were bought specifically just for us to create the databases, woohoo!


On our second day of work, we essentially continued with the product testing of their current Elia alphabet printings on keyboard covers, and I began recording and taking measurements of each keyboard that was printed out, with Google Spreadsheet and a Caliper measuring tool. I also helped in creating a legend for Scrabble that would incorporate the Elia alphabet, which would be sent to a mother who has two kids with visual disabilities, and this would be their way of spending time with each other.


So far, it has been a great experience working with the guys at Elia Life, it is a super chill environment, nice and helpful coordinators, and I can’t wait to get back to work next week.


NYU Lagone Medical Center first week

My first day of work was 07/16/15 I had to arrive before 8:30 so I can recieve my id then meet my director before 9:00. Well that didn’t happen exactly because I had to take the m15 select bus and let just say I had to wait awhile to only then jump onto a crowded bus, after that though every thing went accordingly I got my id then met with my director who spoke with me about what I will be doing this summer. I am task with speaking with patients in the waiting room about signing up for a service known as my chart soon I will be directly helping them sign up. My chart is a service that allows patients to view their medical records, upcoming appointments, and even send messages directly to their doctors. Then  I went straight to work I was a bit nervous because I am quite shy but it was actually fun because some of the patients are really funny. Like this one guy he acted like his wheelchair was a car and ask the nurse for her license before she wheeled him into the office. Then when I went to speak to him he said are actually giving me a chart with all my information if not I don’t want because I don’t like the internet, other we’re totally sold with having a service that did that for them but the rest use it but don’t like because they receive to many emails besides the one about schedule appointments. 

Then that Friday I went to a breakfast meeting with the Pencil were we spoke about financial literacy with workers of Chase Bank who help us create a budget for the summer. 

Ps. I would add picture but I’m not aloud to use my phone at work. 😢

EDC Week 1

July 6th

On our first day we took a deep look into the project RTL (ready to learn) that we will be working with throughout the entire internship. This involved watching and playing the games that were created for the study that was done to evaluate the benefits of educational applications and whether it is as or more effective than pre-existing methods. Most of the games got fairly repetitive quickly but since their intention is to get basic concepts thoroughly understood and memorized it was understandable. The most interesting game was no doubt “Chicken Blast Off” which gave randomly generated space ship parts that needed to be assembled in the proper configuration (it had lots of variety!). This was my first time working in an office environment but I quickly became adjusted to the ambiance. As an exercise for the first day we also had to look up several sources on different stances and arguments about teaching young children with applications and then write a small report on it, this is the file I made.



July 8th

We got to join the EDC – CCT team on their yearly retreat! This started with a trip to the roof of a Queens coffee shop known as Coffeed which is occupied by a roof farm. It grew whatever was demanded by local stores which purchased the locally grown produce. It even had chickens.

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Later in the day we took cabs to a picnic spot that was setup on the dock that looks across to Manhattan from Queens. It was a fun and unique second day.

WNET Week 2

The Second week at WNET I was in the Ingest lab most of the time. But for the Beginning of the week I was in the editing room with technical support learning troubleshooting skills from them on Avid, a professional editing software used by a lot of filming productions. Then for the nest three days I was in the Ingest lab I got test pretty everyday there to see if I remembered everything that I learned I only got one question wrong. I learned what time code was and all the different parts of it I also was taught about audio editing. I learned how to use Adobe After effects, and Premier Pro a bit as well. I soon taught how to take orders and what to do to complete them. After a while I was able to do the orders by myself without any help.



Dazzling Discoveries, we are a mix of STEM teachers and IT support!  


We love these kids! This is such an amazing program and its been fun teaching and playing with all of the students here! Here are some awesome pictures!

Our first day! After most the kids left we got to work with a “Hummingbird” Arduino styled board to have the kids use it for an upcoming project!

The area around our job has THE BEST options for food!!

Wednesday we took the kids outside to the park to test out yeast science projects and to play! These kids are so bright but definitely love their fair share of fun XD

Along with 2 makebots, They have an unused 3D printer called the Solidoodle. I’ve been put on the task to make it work again!

Today we sat the kids down for snacks and SciShow Kids! It was so awesome to see them really enjoying it!

We made an arduino sing and the kids loved it!

Finally I end this with our favorite little five year old! This is Noam, and he’s THE SMARTEST LITTLE FIVE YEAR OLD IVE EVER MET! AND THE CUTEST!!


Love, Caroline and Avishek!! XD

The Final Product: Super Saiyan Scientists

PROJECT NAME: Game-Ability

+ An easy to use controller for people with limited mobility.

DESIGN TEAM: Super Saiyan Scientists: Jaquan Lacy, Julian Quinonez, Jose Gonzalez, Zaheer Coovadia, Amanda PeralesKelvin Yu


joystick numbers

  1. 3D Printed top for joystick
  2. Joystick
  3. PCB
  4. 3D Printed Arduino box
  5. Arduino
  6. Jumper wires

joystick box numbers

1) The Arduino Joystick box

2) Lid for Arduino Leonardo Box


  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
  • Jumper wires


  • : Acquire an arduino, breadboard, jumper wires and joystick/printed circuit board (pcb)

  • : Follow these steps to connecting the wires to the arduino to the breadboard to the joystick

//Setting up the joystick and arduino
1) Gather jumper wires, arduino leonardo, breadboard and a joystick
2) Connect a wire to the ground (GND) port of the Arduino Leondardo to a pin on the ground rail of the breadboard
3) Connect a wire from the power rail of the breadboard to the 5V port on the Arduino leonardo
4)Connect a wire from row 58 and row 59 to A-1 and A-0 respectively on the arduino
5) Connect a jumper wire from the ground rail of the breadboard (be sure it’s along the same column as the wire you already attached to the ground rail) to row 56
6) Connect a jumper wire from the power rail of the breadboard (same column as the wire already connecting the power rail to the 5V port on the arduino) to row 60 of the breadboard
7) Connect a wire from the VCC port on the joystick to row 60 on the breadboard
8) Connect a wire from the Vertical port (VERT) on the joystick to row 59 (Joystick)
9) Connect a wire from the Horizontal port (Horz) on the joystick to row 58 (Joystick)
10) Connect a wire from the (SEL) port on the joystick to row 57 (Joystick)
11) Connect a wire from the (GND) port on the joystick to row 56 (Joystick)
  • : 3d print the chassis/arduino leonardo box, box lid, joystick holder and joystick extension

  • : Place Arduino Leonardo into the box bottom, close it up with the box lid. Slide joystick in long way into the joystick holder and attach the joystick extension on top of the joystick.

  1. :Plug arduino into your personal computer and upload code.

Ideas for the future/improving things?

In the future the Super Saiyan Scientist would like to create a video game made specifically for GAME ABILITY, We would also like to create a different variety of  controllers that could be used for people who have disabilities in different parts of their bodies.


How-To: Make Your Own Artillo! (Mind-Controlling Cats Final Post)


A pillow shaped device designed to make digital art more accessible.

+ DESIGN TEAMMind-Controlling Cats

  • Christina Lafontaine – Tech Mentor
  • Omar Nasr – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Carlos Cruz – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Aayman Abdellatif – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Seleste Estrada Orrego – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Mickell Ford – MOUSE Corps Member
  • Navisha Dhanda – MOUSE Corps Member


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  • Blue and Orange Fleece (or whatever colors you wish to substitute)
  • Stuffing Cotton
  • Stitch-Witchery (and a Steam Iron to apply it)
  • Thin Metal Wire
  • Sowing Needle and Thread
  • Arduino
  • 24 wires
  • 3 Pressure Sensors
  • Soldering Iron
  • Zipper


  • Firmata Library
  • Processing
  • Arduino



With the Blue Fleece, cut out 2 pieces with a shape similar to the image below:


The correct measurements will most likely be found through trial and error. If using a scaled version of this image, make sure to use the outermost border.


Place one of the U-shaped fleece pieces flat on a iron-resistant surface.  Then, put pieces of Stitch-Witchery along the border of the fleece except for a small space along the border, which will be used to stuff the pillow.  Next, align the second U-shaped fleece piece on top of the first. Follow the instructions on the box of Stitch-Witchery to apply it.  Alternatively, these pieces can be sown by hand along the border.  If this is done, again, ensure that part of the fleece is left unsown to allow for stuffing.



With the newly sown piece, bend the metal wire so that it runs along the very edge.  Next, hand sow the wire onto the fleece. Then, set aside the fleece.



For setting up the Arduino, refer to the SIK Guide, linked below:

Circuit #10 is the set up you should use for the 3 sensors.



The code used for the Artillo is in the Google Document linked below:


Once the Arduino is set up and the code is uploaded onto it, turn the U-shaped joint fleece piece inside out, through the gap in the stitch left from earlier.  Then, fix one of the sensors into the inner left (or right, if the gap is closer to the left).  Stuff the pillow halfway, while holding the sensor in place (use the template from earlier to place the sensors, place them around where the orange lines are drawn).  Next, fix the Arduino and the 2nd sensor in the middle, and continue stuffing until the second orange line (from the template).  Fix the sensor onto that point, then finish stuffing.


Sow on the zipper onto the gap.


The main body is finished! Complete the aesthetics using the Orange (or other color fleece) to decorate.


  • Separate attachable pillows that would allow for more customization with sensor placement
  • Additional sensors to allow for more settings to be adjusted
  • Integration with more complex and preexisting digital art programs (such as Art Rage)



Process to making Shoe-Levator


Assistive tech that helps people put on their shoes with ease.

DESIGN TEAM: Time Traveling Hemingways

Eugene Dorokhin, Isabela Caetano, Zacharry Georges, Sarah Nasr, and Abraham Makhdoomi


Draw & embed a blueprint of your final prototype, show it from multiple angles, and clearly label all of the parts (the parts list below is a numbered list – you could use those numbers in your blueprint


2 pieces of wood 12.25” x 10” x .75”

2 pieces of wood 7” x 10” x .75”

2 pieces of wood 7” x 12.5” x .75”


linear actuator


wood glue

multiple wires of varying lengths


electrical tape

3D printed parts (remote control)


Early Prototype

Early Prototype


STEP 1: Begin by putting together a box from the given wood except one of the large 12.25” x 10” x .75” pieces.

STEP 2: Attach hinges and then the final piece of wood to the hinges so that the box closes completely


STEP 3: Construct wire system such that actuator goes both in and out based on a remote control

STEP 4: Drill hole into box and have wires leading to remote control going out for user control

STEP 5: Velcro the actuator to the side opposite of the hinges such that it lifts the lid between a 20 and 60 degree angle. Use blocks of either plastic or any available material to lift the actuator from the bottom of the box to attain this angle.

STEP 6: Apply grip tape to the top of the lid in order to prevent the shoe from sliding off from when at a steep angle.


Possible improvements:

If possible we would like to improve the system to account for more types of shoe than the basic sneaker. We would make the control wireless so that the user is less constricted by it and we would make the box foldable so that it would not take up as much space.


PROJECT NAME: Joy to the Key

Joy to the key is a one-handed joystick, with a team made virtual keyboard to help those with limited mobility

DESIGN TEAM: Aqua-Blue Phoenix


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  1. Acquire a MadCatz V1 Flight joystick and install all requisite drivers and components
  2. Download the settings file used for Joy to the Key
  3. With the code for the on-screen keyboard, compile a .swf file.
    1. SWF File
    2. Code
  4. Run both the on-screen keyboard and the Joystick
  5. Continue onwards.

Ideas for the future/improving things?


Summer 2015 Apprenticeships!!


As we get confirmations on Apprenticeship opportunities, we will post applications & descriptions here. You can apply to all of them, or one or none! Applications are due by Wednesday June 10th.

ROKO Labs: 1 Apprenticeship, July 6th – August 14th (Full time!)

Click here to learn more and to fill out the Application

Being a tech startup, every day is an adventure but we have the benefit of having some amazing clients at our mobile strategy and development consultancy – our clients include a few Fortune 500 companies (NYSE, CNBC), some international companies (Macquarie, Tullet Prebon), and other startups (Snaps!, BoxSmart, BrightWire) and are signing up new clients each month. I just know that there is so much a MOUSE Corps Apprentice can add to our organization as we push to grow our organization, and hopefully we can help the next generation of entrepreneurs dream even bigger! Bonus: your mentor would be the Board Chair of MOUSE!

DoITT: 1 Apprenticeship, July 6th – August 14th (Full time!)

Click here to learn more and to Apply

DoITT is a Technology Agency with the City of New York. We take pride in our work and belief that our agency is in the business of helping New Yorkers everyday. It is a delight that we are able to offer an internship to students who are our future. Internship programs are a learning experience for both the Mentee and Mentor.

Storefront Science: 3 Apprenticeships, July 27th – August 14th (12 Days total) 9-4pm

Click here to learn more and to Apply

Storefront Science is an education center that engages children through inquiry and exploration. This summer, they are looking for two creative, tech-savvy apprentices help run a 3 weeks of science and technology summer camp. Apprentices will work as co-teachers and mentors sharing ideas, helping students, leading activities in subjects like Tinkering and Lego Robotics, and taking photos and videos. Students may also help with managing the technology that it takes to run a small business!

WNET: 1 Apprenticeships, July 6th – August 14th (24 Days total)

Click here to learn more and to Apply

WNET is New York’s flagship public media provider, who produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series asNature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Roseand a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. We are seeking an apprentice to work in our production department, behind the scenes.

Elia Life: 3-6 Apprenticeships, July 6th – August 14th, 3 days a week.

Click here to learn more and to Apply

Elia Life is a very unique start up working on developing language tools for the blind and visually impaired. We are looking for an apprentice to engage our social media efforts, product testing, game development ideas, and for general office operations (file management, printing, literature searches of scientific and engineering publications).

Dazzling Discoveries: 3+ Apprenticeships, July 6th – August 14th or more (Full time)

Click here to learn more and to Apply

We do a wide range of engineering, science and technology activities with elementary school age children. We offer a great opportunity for high school students to teach younger students and learn for themselves as well. Help run summer camps with projects in robotics, arduino, 3D printing etc!

EDC Center for Children & Technology (CCT) 2 Apprenticeships, July 6th – August 14th 2 days a week!

Click here to learn more and to ApplyEDC_logo

EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC is committed to education that builds knowledge and skill, makes possible a deeper understanding of the world, and engages learners as active, problem-solving participants. While the issues we address are diverse, all that we do is united by our conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development. This is a research apprenticeship for the  Center for Children and Technology.



+ One sentence description

DESIGN TEAM: team name and individual names


Draw & embed a blueprint of your final prototype, show it from multiple angles, and clearly label all of the parts (the parts list below is a numbered list – you could use those numbers in your blueprint

PARTS LIST: (final list of materials used with measurements)

IMPLEMENTATION TUTORIAL: (step by step instructions on how to build your final prototype! Include code, photos (if applicable) etc)




Ideas for the future/improving thins?



Feedback from Paul:

  • Blue attachment is too heavy for joystick piece try using just the stress ball
  • Make attachment half the size of the one we have
  • Red nose/ stress ball attachment works as joystick attachment
  • Add button to joystick design possibly make use of button function already in joystick
  • Cube Design is inconvenient so use button on one surface
  • Buttons and surface on cube are too big
  • Fix box for joystick add wings with screw holes so it can slide into to something to attach to chair
  • Add part to box that will allow us to click in another part to make box surround joystick
  • Make buttons for button based controller out of moldable plastic

Name Ideas

  • Motion in Joy
  • Play Parade ****
  • Controller Party
  • Game-Able ****
  • Play-Able
  • Game-Ability******(Final Decision!!!!!)
  • Gamer Party
  • Game Party
  • Broad-Gamer
  • Spectrum Gamer
  • The All Embracing Controller ***

Today we split off into relatively two groups, one group was working on name ideas and getting feedback on our current ideas.  Jaquan was working on the box base for the joystick. Kelvin and Zaheer were working on describing the process of connecting the joystick to the breadboard to the arduino and uploading it to GitHub.

Link to GitHub Page

Test image

Materials needed:

Aqua-Blue Phoenix Update 5/12/15

Quick Updates:

  • Designed logo
  • Added suction cups to the bottom of joystick
  • Finished the design for the flash keyboard
  • Attempted redesigning the joystick to match Vernita’s preferences
  • Finished the design for 3-D printed armrests


  • 3-D print the armrests
  • Redesign the logo
  • Finish programming the flash keyboard
  • Finish the redesign for the joystick

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