SPEAKER 1: These are the joint mechanisms, and in the back is the pulley. And this is how it moves. Oh, and also you can move the tail.
SPEAKER 2: My nature-inspired robot is a 3D cheetah.
SPEAKER 3: So the air pressure from the bottle blows up the vocal sac.
DIANE LEVITT: Kids, you know, they want to create. That's, like, they're wired to create, right? And when you give them permission and you treat them like artists and creators and designers and engineers, that's how they behave.
NITI PARIKH: How do you engage someone on a screen? With the tactile materials, right, and that had to be done by creating that work surface and right tools around them. We came up with a basic kit, including a hole puncher, which was a really crucial thing for kind of creating certain mechanisms.
And then they all had this very similar palette of materials to work from. So we went through a whole series of making a belt, a pulley. By doing that, it kind of clicked everywhere.
Like, oh, I made that belt. Now I can put it on the pulleys. I can move this belt and make this axis go up and down because of this, this, and this.
KELLY POWERS: Our discussions were rich because we were solving together. And I think, when we leave this experience with the kids, we know-- we've taught them the benefits of collaboration, the power of collaboration, the power of perseverance, the joy of solving a really difficult problem.
SPEAKER 4: This is my snake saying "Hi."
NITI PARIKH: Seeing that joy in their eyes was amazing.
SPEAKER 1: Bye, guys. I hope you enjoyed it.
SPEAKER 5: You know, like a special shout-out to everyone who appreciates me and tells me that they like what I have to say. I love all of you. Big hearts out there.
CAMRYN AMES: It's a college prep program that basically, socially and educationally, prepares you for college. And they help you with college, not just getting ready for it, getting into that college that you want to get into. And the one thing that I absolutely love with the program is the association.
Everyone's so nice. Everyone's amazing. It's just a beautiful community that we've all come together [INAUDIBLE].
SPEAKER 5: And, literally, you guys are so great. Like, I love interacting with all of you. You know, like we're in these tiny groups and then you turn on your cameras and we're chatting.
And, like, me and Morgan chatted for a whole hour about an American [INAUDIBLE]. Like, you guys just literally just let me be. And you appreciate me, and I appreciate that so much.
LIZ MILLHOLLEN: Wow, like, total wow. That first call, we had 89 students on the call. And for us, that was absolutely the wind in our sails to keep it interesting, to keep it fun, to, you know, have as much authentic interaction as possible. We sort of stopped talking to the screen and started talking to the people in the squares and had a mentality of that, and it's kept their attention.
SPEAKER 6: What a summer. Goodbye, friends.
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Cornell Tech and Upward Bound adapted their traditional summer K-12 programs for online learning.