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CUE 2016 Fall Conference Attendees Will Be Enthralled by a High School CEO and Walt Disney’s Innovative Legacy

June 15, 2016

CUE is thrilled to announce that Rachel Gardner, youth inventor and CEO, will be the keynote at the closing session at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference. Two educators from The Walt Disney Family Museum will also be featured within the conference closing session, to be held October 29 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley.


Rachel Gardner is a graduating high school senior from Austin, TX. This Fall, she will begin studying computer science and entrepreneurship at Stanford University while preparing for a career launched by her unique experience as the founding CEO of Chap Research. Gardner has been developing the program since age 15, when she was the team lead and programmer for the original project: a wireless robotics controller called the Chap Remote. Gardner is lead inventor on US Patent #9043031 for the ChapR, and led the manufacture, marketing and shipment of more than 150 units to FIRST Robotics teams around the world.


She then assigned her patent rights to Westlake High School and created Chap Research to give other students the same opportunities. Since its inception, the program has completed a total of 13 projects and published three research papers. 


The closing session will also feature educators from The Walt Disney Family Museum, which is recognized nationally for its offering of STEAM curriculum and resources for teachers and students alike. The Walt Disney Family Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit museum located in the scenic San Francisco Presidio and offers educational experiences for students, educators, and adults. Katherine Coogan and Antonia Dapena-Tretter will highlight The museum’s most recent technology-based learning developments and will illustrate how simple technological tools in the classroom can increase problem-solving skills for students of all ages.


With special attention paid to the museum’s signature Multiplane Camera Classroom Kit, Coogan and Dapena-Tretter will demonstrate how Walt Disney’s 1937 innovation in animation introduced depth of field into movies such as Snow White (1937) and Pinocchio (1940). During this participatory part of the closing session, select volunteers from the audience will help bring characters and backgrounds to life when invited on stage to try stop-motion animation first-hand.


The CUE 2016 Fall Conference is two days of learning spread across October 28-29, 2016 and sells out quickly. To find out more information or to register, visit  http://cue.org/fall.


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