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Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest comes to Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont

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This weekend marks the end of STEAM Week with the Rocky Mountain  STEAM Fest here in Longmont. A custom die cut sticker will be at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, where hundreds of attendees will take in exhibits and participate in building, doing and making. There will also be a combat robot competition, and let's be serious who doesn't want to watch a bunch of robots battle?


STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals. The objectives of the STEAM movement are to place Art + Design at the center of STEM. This event will help turn learning into a fun, interactive experience. If you head over to stemtosteam.org, you'll see their mission.



Thanks to the Maker Bolder team, this event has the mission of connecting Makers, Entrepreneurs and Educators into a larger Colorado community. There will be hands-on learning, gears grinding, hackers iterating and tinkerers talking.

Their design features five colored hexagons, each representing an element of the STEAM acronym. STEAM as an acronym is a modification of STEM, with the addition Art and the modification of M for Making and Engineering for Entrepreneurship. Then you see the STEAM FEST branding in small type in the top of sticker. It's bright, it's creative, it's all things STEAM, and the custom die cut really helps the shapes pop off of any background.

The sticker helps highlight each area of interest in STEAM. Taking a look at the sticker, you'll see that on the red hexagon there's an atomic icon for Science, on the blue hexagon there's a spaceship for Technology, on the green shape there's a light bulb to represent Entrepreneurship, on the yellow Arts shape is a painter's palette baord and lastly on the purple hexagon is a gear to highlight the role of Making in the STEAM movement.

While STEM is very popular nationwide, STEAM efforts really try to enhance the offerings to include all types of learners, and STEAM Fest is an attempt to fill visitors with awe and give them a chance to tinker, hack, build,  fly, drive, and dabble

These are all lofty goals and an important mission in today's world. But let's have some fun learning! Tickets are on sale the MakerBolder.com website and at the door this weekend on site.

Building Robots at Westview Middle School

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It's National Robotics Week, and we are celebrating with this bonus sticker (above) that is going in every order all month long. Robotics is changing the way we live, and automation in some form is improving a variety of business and industries. The little-known fact about robotics is that this discipline has created new ways to educate children how to problem solve. With companies like VEX Robotics creating the tools, and schools like Westview Middle School here in Longmont implementing them into after school robotics programs, there is now a whole new way for kids to gain new skills while engaging in the spirit of competition.



Students are building their own VEX robots and programming them to get ready for big competitions while bringing some stickers along for the ride.

Westview Middle School has built up a Competitive Robotics Team over the last few years and now find themselves attending the U.S. Open Robotics Challenge on an annual basis. This is a super exciting program because it challenges the students to not only think through problems, but also, trains them on a lot of different communication skills.  The kids in the program get split up into teams with the challenge of designing and programming a robot to compete in a game.  As they go through this process, they have to learn to work together and come up with solutions to problems as they arise.

"The Westview Robotics program is continuing to grow and become very successful in the state of Colorado," said Daniel Hernandez, Westview's Computer Science & Robotics Teacher. "This year we have 7 Competitive Teams comprised of 28 - 7th and 8th graders and have already qualified 3 Teams to represent Westview at the Colorado State Tournament (against HS teams) and the U.S. Open Robotics CREATE Nationals." Westview also ran a 6th grade robotics club involving 35 students and three 6th grade teams of 12 students that is already working alongside the main teams.

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After the kids put in the work to compete, they also go out and present to sponsors to seek donations to their robotics teams so they can travel to these competitions and get the tools needed to run the program. We were fortunate enough to be pitched by the Westview Robotics team. The students were so impressive in what they had put together that we sponsored them for the U.S. Open Robotics Challenge and made sure they had custom stickers to represent their school and individual team names.

The Westview Robotics team competed hard in the U.S. Open Robotics Challenge just last week and walked away with an experience they will never forget.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

5428 Breaking Bots Robot Team

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We are deep into competitive robotics season, and this weekend we are proud to be represented by Team 548 Breaking Bots out of Markham, Ontario, just outside of Toronto, Canada.

Team 5428 is the Markham District's FIRST robotics team. They strive to give students real world experience in business, robotics, and engineering.


Two weeks ago, members of the team competed at a district tournament at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology/Durham College, a local university. At the end of the qualification matches, the Bots were ranked 16th out of the 41 teams competing, and ultimately they were chosen by captains from other teams to advanced to the quarterfinals. What an honor. Though they played three matches (the first match ended in a tie), they unfortunately did not make it to the semifinals. They'll play this weekend, and we wish them all the best in competition.

The group started in April of 2014 as a club for those interested in robotics. During this time, 15 students and a supervising teacher built and tested different Lego NXT robot designs, and then they entered a competition. And so the FIRST Robotics Team 5428 was born. Now, the team has of 84 members (from grades 9 to 12) and five teacher mentors.

First Lego League is an international group devoted to Legos and engineering. It's pretty cool stuff, and we are excited to sponsor a few teams locally.

You can follow the team on their Twitter handle @frc5428, Facebook page 5428BreakingBotsand Instagram account 5428breakingbots. They also have a nice YouTube page that's worth checking out.

Here's a recent video they put together.

Halloween with HEXBUG

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There is nothing more horrifying than creepy, crawling micro robotic creatures on Halloween. Okay, not really... but, HEXBUG is constantly developing their line up of toy robots for kids and promoting around the holiday with some fun themed custom stickers.

HEXBUG started back in 2007 with the goal of providing kid's with robotic toys that helped them develop positive experiences and knowledge with robotics at a young age. They have done that and more in the past several years with several different line ups of robotic creatures for different ages.
"People are drawn to the HEXBUG brand for our products’ fascinating behavior, intelligent bug-like attributes and eye-catching packaging. Some of the products are so animated, they even fool cats, dogs and some humans into thinking they are alive!"

In promoting their brand, HEXBUG get's very into the Halloween spirit with ways to light up their toys in milk cartons to look like ghosts and their orange scarab creatures with pieces laid out next to candy corn (featured in the photo above from their Facebook timeline). They also printed up a couple custom stickers for the occasion with this skeleton like creature stating "The Doctor Will See You Now!" and another one that is a head stone in a graveyard saying "Rest in Pieces" playing off the building of robots.

Having printed several stickers and sticker sheets in the past, we are always excited to see what the creative geniuses at HEXBUG are going to send over next. Kudos to them for having some fun with Halloween and awesome stickers.

StickerGiant Donates 3D Printer to Local Middle School

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Here at StickerGiant, we know the value of technology and like to support endeavors that showcase how technology can be used to improve not just our company, but the world around us.

We recently donated a 3D printer to Westview Middle School, based in Longmont, Colorado, where the school's robotics team went right to work on designing and creating all manner of 3D objects, especially parts for their VEX robots. Partnerships like the one we have with the schools in our community are very important, as it shows just how much can get done when we all work together.

While the concept of 3D printing has been around since the 1980's, it wasn't until the last few years that the idea actually started to see mainstream use. 3D printers can be used for everything from tea cups to houses, depending on how big the scale of the printer is. That's pretty incredible, if you ask us!

Even though we don't 3D print our stickers, we still make the best quality sticker products around. Want to try us out? Go ahead and start your order now. We'll be waiting for you!