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ABOUT r00tz DAY
DEFCON 201 and its partners the Newark Museum, TOOOL, and AfroCROWD invite all creative children and children at heart to our special r00tz Day Event!
r00tz Day is named after r00tz Asylum (www.r00tz.org), a special section of the DEFCON Convention (where over 30,000 engineers and security professionals solve problems with technology) where hacker children get to engage in STEM activities to plan their future careers in computer security and making the world a better place.
DEFCON 201 and partners have created this day for those children and parents who live in New Jersey who can't afford the money and/or time to travel our to r00tz in Las Vegas to bring it close to home.
Activities throughout the day include:
.::Learning in Las Vegas: A Behind The Scenes Look at r00tz 2017 -- Presented by DEFCON 201::.
DEFCON 201 will be partnering with r00tz in Las Vegas, Nevada, to record a special video for children and their parents. This 30-minute, video will feature behind-the-scenes footage of r00tz at DEFCON 25, giving kids in New Jersey a way to sample the r00tz experience. The video will contain interviews with hacker children and their parents, a tour of the r00tz booth, interviews with speakers and STEM professionals, and more!
.::Know Your r00tz: Digital Archeology with Wikipedia -- Presented by AfroCROWD::.
The future of learning has been upgraded with the use of digital resources such as Wikipedia. Join AfroCROWD in the MakerSpace @ Newark Museum's Digital Lab and learn how to leverage Wikipedia’s editing tools to craft and edit online history. Apply this newfound knowledge by creating pages forf influential local artists and icons of Newark's history, adding to the digital tapestry of the city’s past and present..
.::The Miniature Mechanical World Inside Locks -- Presented by TOOOL NJ::.
We’ve all done it before: Insert the key, turn the door knob and walk on through. But did you know those locks contain acomplex mechanical system that safeguards all doors around the world? Join the New Jersey chapter of TOOOL (The Open Organization of Lockpickers) who will show you how locks work, how to manipulate and open them without keys, and the insane fascinating history behind the tumbler locking system. Children and parents will have an opportunity to explore the Ballantine House and its 27 rooms to see the contrast between lock architecture of 1937 compared to 2017.
.::The Live Energy of 3D Sculptures: Reinventing Classic Architecture with Conductive Dough – Presented by DEFCON 201::.
Electricity powers the invention of humanity, from lightbulbs to Playstations and even our muscle movements. We invite kids and kids at heart to learn how electricity flows and works in a safe environment while releasing their inner Dan Flavin. Jordan White (Sidepocket), local scientific hacker in a lab coat, will teach you how to make conductive and resistive dough using common kitchen ingredients, and to mold it with hearing aid batteries and LEDs to make the entire surface shine. We will explore the Decorative Arts collection, Native Artists of North America installation and Seeing America galleries to gain inspiration for 3D designs to model. They will even be able to take some of the clay with them at home, 100% safe and reusable along with the recipe on how to make more at home!
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
The Newark Museum, in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, is the state's largest museum. It holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. The Newark Museum operates, as it has since its founding, in the public trust as a museum of service, and a leader in connecting objects and ideas to the needs and wishes of its constituencies. We believe that our art and science collections have the power to educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve.
Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, Afrocrowd has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia. Afrocrowd has also held monthly multilingual editathons in partnership with cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Public Library, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOMA, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and Haiti Cultural Exchange. Afrocrowd has also trained future trainers in the target community. For more information visit http://www.afrocrowd.org
TOOOL NJ (The Open Organization of Lockpickers) is New Jersey's premier Lockpicking Group. We are a group of individuals who are interested in security, how locks function & how to defeat them. The mission of the Open Organisation Of Lockpickers is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lockpicking. By examining locks, safes, and other such hardware and by publicly discussing our findings we hope to strip away the mystery with which so many of these products are imbued. For more information about TOOOL NJ go to: https://www.meetup.com/TOOOL-New-Jersey/
r00tz Asylum is a nonprofit dedicated to teaching kids around the world how to love being white-hat hackers. A white-hat hacker is someone who enjoys thinking of innovative new ways to make, break and use anything to create a better world. For more information please visit: https://www.r00tz.org