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Upcoming Events

August 2019

Edison Ford members: free; non-members: included with admission

Ask the Curator: Tell me more about Edison’s car!

August 28 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join Automotive Curator, James Moss, for a discussion on one of the most popular vehicles in our collection. This will also include a demonstration on how to start the Model T. Two years after his first trip to Fort Myers, Ford telegrammed the local Ford dealership directing it to present Edison with a new Model T for his birthday. Every few years, new features were added to the vehicle and it was returned to Edison. The car is now on…

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September 2019

$10 – $15

Emerging Inventors: Plants and Gardens

September 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Children and parents will learn, play, and gain valuable social skills while exploring the homes, gardens, and museum. This session will focus on the different plants and gardens we have on the site. Advance registration is required through our website or by calling 239-334-7419.

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Edison Ford members: free; non-members: included with admission

Ask the Curator: Electrifying Endeavor, Shocking Results!

September 4 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Please join Chief Curator, Brent Newman, as he commemorates the opening of Edison's Pearl Street Station. Edison installed his first permanent central station on Pearl Street in lower Manhattan. He designed special "jumbo" dynamos for the station. The district included Wall Street and many of the New York newspapers. This program is free for Edison Ford members and included with admission for non-members.

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Free

September Volunteer Meeting and Lecture Series

September 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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September's meeting features Program Managers Bobby Feldman and Holly Shaffer speaking about some of their favorite topics. Bobby will give a presentation on his recent trip to Italy and Holly will talk about baseball's evolution during the Civil War. Volunteer meetings are free and open to the public. Contact Bobby Feldman or Holly Shaffer at 239-335-3694 for information. This meeting will be located in the South Florida Water Management Lecture Hall.

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$25

Ask the Curator: Edison’s Electric Idea: Today’s vehicles, yesterday’s concept

September 11 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join Automotive Curator, James Moss, as he highlights Edison's work on the world's earliest electric vehicles. This presentation will be based around the collections electric tractor. Thomas Edison had worked on a battery to power a car way back in the early 1890s shortly after the first motorized cars came out. He developed a nickel-iron battery to be used in vehicles, which was more powerful than anything previous and was able to last many decades. This program is free for…

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Free

Electric Car Show at Edison Ford Winter Estates

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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In celebration of National Drive Electric Week, Edison and Ford Winter Estates is hosting a free electric car show on September 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owners of electric vehicles will be on hand to answer questions and give rides to visitors. The event will take place in the estates overflow parking lots on Larchmont Avenue. The event is free (does not include admission to the museum, laboratory or tours of the homes). Visitors can learn more about…

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$10 – $15

September Garden Talk- How to Grow Vegetables and other Edibles

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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If you'd like to learn about growing vegetables and fruits, including ones that you may never have heard of, don't miss this talk! We will discuss the preparation tasks for creating a vegetable garden, including how deep to plant seeds, what pests to look out for, and varieties best suited for this climate. Store-bought tomato plant varieties are limited, but when growing from seeds, there are many other varieties to select from. Participants will receive a 20% off coupon for…

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$55 – $65

Yomassage Class

September 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Yomassage is a fusion of relaxing and supported restorative yoga positions with hands on massage therapy. Students hold each position for around 8-10 minutes while a massage therapist performs manual massage techniques. The classes are limited to 5 participants per class and lasts for approximately 90 minutes. Benefits of Yomassage include improved joint range of motion, increased extensibility of muscle tendons, reduced compression on joint surfaces, and reduced injuries. Classes are led by Dolores J. Gozzi, a Licensed Massage/Alternative Therapist…

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$25

Ask the Curator: The Fordson Tractor, Agriculture’s Model T

September 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Come join Collections Registrar, Matt Andres, as he examines Ford's agricultural vision. The Fordson tractor, manufactured by Henry Ford and Son, Inc., was the first lightweight, mass-produced tractor that was affordable to the average farmer. The first tractor was introduced in 1917 and was an instant hit. The tractor is powered by a 4 cylinder, 3 speed, 20 horsepower engine and was in production in the United States between 1917 and 1928. This program is free for Edison Ford members…

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$25

Ask the Curator: Edison the Scientist!

September 25 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join Lead Site Historian, Eric Kahler, as he shares his knowledge about Edison and his accomplishments within the field of science. By the end of his life, Edison had succeeded in the development of a practical method of laboratory testing and production. Much of the processes he patented within the Edison Botanic Research corporation are still used today including his work on hybridization of goldrenrod in an effort to increase rubber yields. He also made contributions to the plant patent…

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$600 – $675

Richmond Hill and Savannah, GA VIP Tour

September 29 - October 3
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join us for incredible private tours of the Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill Historic District, Savannah Historic District, and much more. This visit will include a Richmond Hill private trolley tour, a visit to the Richmond Hill History museum and Ford's Richmond Hill Plantation. In Savannah, we will take a private trolley tour of historic Savannah, and visit the Franklin Square Market and Maritime Museum as well as the Savannah History Museum. This unique VIP tour includes transportation and admission to…

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$45 – $50

School Break Camp: Survival Science

September 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, understand the science behind survival from designing shelters to filtering water and building solar ovens. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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October 2019

$10

DC vs AC: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify America Exhibit Opening

October 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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This exhibit will explore the difference between alternating and direct current; and the relationship between Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse. Chief Curator, Brent Newman, will give a gallery talk on these relationships in the context of 19th century history and science during the opening event. Attendees will receive a complimentary glass of beer or champagne, light hors' d' oeuvres will be provided and a pianist will play period music. Admission is free for Edison Ford members (does not include admission to…

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Free

Orchid Sale and Symposium

October 12 @ 9:00 am - October 13 @ 5:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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The winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford was also home to numerous orchids that hung from the fruit-bearing Mango trees. Henry Nehrling and John Kunkel Small visited the Edisons and gave them gifts of orchids. Orchids were Mina Edison's favorite flowers and she attached them to trees on her Fort Myers property, just as they grew wild in the Everglades. Today, we continue to attach orchids to trees and throughout the site, there is usually an orchid…

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$75 – $85

Lessons in Manners for the Generations Etiquette Class

October 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Mina Edison was a gracious hostess and concerned with the well being of children and the community. Following in her tradition, this two-hour etiquette class will teach etiquette and social skills. Students will gather at the Edison Caretaker's House for a lesson in good manners. This class teaches proper introduction, handshakes and dining etiquette during a three-course meal. Each student will receive a workbook and certificate of completion. Classes are taught by Suzanne Willi who teaches etiquette classes at Ritz-Carlton…

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$45 – $50

School Break Camp: Spooky Science

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. Don't miss this Halloween-themed mad scientist boot camp! Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$45 – $50

Homeschool Wednesday School: The World of Edison and Ford

October 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join us for a brand new homeschool offering: a series of day-long camps designed to expose students in grades 1-6 to all that Edison Ford has to offer! In this session, students become familiar with the site as they tour, tinker, and innovate their way across the property learning from experts that make history come alive! Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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Edison Ford members: free; non-members: included with admission

Annual Quilt Show

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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On October 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the annual "Airing of the Quilts" quilt show. Dozens of quilts from the Quilters' Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between trees and select antique quilts from the 1880s to 1940s will be on display inside the Thomas Edison house, Henry Ford house and the Edison guest house. Quilters' Guild participants will also have quilts available for sale. Quilts have a long…

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$45 – $50

Homeschool Wednesday School: Henry Ford and Mechanics

October 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join us for a brand new homeschool offering: a series of day-long camps designed to expose students in grades 1-6 to all that Edison Ford has to offer! In this session, students learn about mechanical advantage and design through live demonstrations, trial and error, and teamwork. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$20 – $30.

Rhythm on the River: Faithfully ( A Journey Tribute)

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Please join us for Rhythm on the River with Faithfully, a Journey Tribute Band! The band is a collection of seasoned musicians who have been entertaining audiences at nightclubs, fairs, and corporate events for nearly 30 years. They are in demand for their high energy stage show, tenor vocals and unraveled harmonies. The event takes place in the River Pavilion along the Caloosahatchee River, where guests can enjoy a beautiful sunset view. Bring your favorite lawn chair and a sweater…

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$45 – $50

Homeschool Wednesday School: A Lifetime of Innovation

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join us for a brand new homeschool offering: a series of day-long camps designed to expose students in grades 1-6 to all that Edison Ford has to offer! In this session, students explore the scientific journeys of Edison's impactful life from his early experiments with electricity to his search for rubber. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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November 2019

Free

Edison Ford Garden Festival

November 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Our sponsor this year is Humana and Best Value. For anyone who enjoys gardening, this is a must-see event! Dozens of plant and garden vendors will have booths under the Banyan and other historic trees all around the museum and lab. This is an opportunity to shop for hard-to-find plants that grow successfully in Southwest Florida. The Edison Garden Shoppe will also have many plants, trees, herbs and garden-related item available for sale. Plant vendors and Edison Ford horticulturalists will…

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$135 – $150

School Break Camp: LEGO Mechanics

November 25 @ 9:00 am - November 27 @ 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, build and explore with simple machines and mechanisms. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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December 2019

$90 – $100

School Break Camp: Forces of Flight

December 26 @ 9:00 am - December 27 @ 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, take flight with the physics and design of airborne objects! Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$90 – $100

School Break Camp: 3D Printing and Design

December 30 @ 9:00 am - December 31 @ 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, participate in creative 3D design challenges! Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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January 2020

$90 – $100

School Break Camp: 3D Printing and Design

January 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, participate in creative 3D design challenges! Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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February 2020

$45 – $50

School Break Camp: Eco-Discovery

February 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
1st and Hendry Street, Downtown Fort Myers, 1st Street and Hendry Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, explore Florida's habitat and our impact on it from estuaries to invasive species. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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March 2020

$45 – $50

School Break Camp: Designed by Girls

March 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, explore engineering in this exciting day camp for girls only! Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$220 – $250

School Break Camp: Code Camp

March 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - March 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, learn new platforms and skills each day while learning essential 21st century skills. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$15 – $25

Code Creators: Hello World

March 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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In this brand new six-part Saturday afternoon series, students are introduced to the Raspberry Pi, a tiny but powerful computer that will fuel their creative DIY projects spanning electronics, computer science, robotics, and coding with Python, HTML, and JavaScript. In this session, students explore the hardware and software of the small computer and electronics. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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April 2020

$15 – $25

Code Creators: Pythons and Pies

April 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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In this brand new six-part Saturday afternoon series, students are introduced to the Raspberry Pi, a tiny but powerful computer that will fuel their creative DIY projects spanning electronics, computer science, robotics, and coding with Python, HTML, and JavaScript. In this session, learn how to code on the Raspberry Pi using the dynamic software language of Python as students begin to code electronics and more. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$45 – $50

School Break Camp: The Chemistry of Food

April 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, learn the science behind a root beer float and other culinary queries in this delicious day camp! Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$15 – $25

Code Creators: Animate It

April 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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In this brand new six-part Saturday afternoon series, students are introduced to the Raspberry Pi, a tiny but powerful computer that will fuel their creative DIY projects spanning electronics, computer science, robotics, and coding with Python, HTML, and JavaScript. In this session, students use the Raspberry Pi and a tiny camera to make a big animation! Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$45 – $50

School Break Camp: Geo-Challenge!

April 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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When school is out, the "Wild Wizard" is in! Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates and topics in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), history, and the natural world. In this session, explore cartography and geography in a property-wide scavenger hunt. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$15 – $25

Code Creators: Play It

April 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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In this brand new six-part Saturday afternoon series, students are introduced to the Raspberry Pi, a tiny but powerful computer that will fuel their creative DIY projects spanning electronics, computer science, robotics, and coding with Python, HTML, and JavaScript. In this session, students leverage their increasing skills to code various simple video games. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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$15 – $25

Code Creators: Creative Computing

April 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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In this brand new six-part Saturday afternoon series, students are introduced to the Raspberry Pi, a tiny but powerful computer that will fuel their creative DIY projects spanning electronics, computer science, robotics, and coding with Python, HTML, and JavaScript. In this session, students fuse code with art from sticker design to birthday cards. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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May 2020

$15 – $25

Code Creators: Roving Robots

May 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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In this brand new six-part Saturday afternoon series, students are introduced to the Raspberry Pi, a tiny but powerful computer that will fuel their creative DIY projects spanning electronics, computer science, robotics, and coding with Python, HTML, and JavaScript. In this session, electronics and computer science are unified as students build a pi-bot. Advance registration is required. Register online on our website or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

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