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May-June-July 2016

Eight Dream Machines Revealed With Rose State’s MyMachine Program

Rendering of the kitty volcano candy dispenser.

Pictured is a drawing of the kitty volcano candy dispenser, one of the eight dream machines revealed in downtown Oklahoma City at the Exchange on Film Row in May.

A fake kitty cat sits quietly on a table and its mouth opens and starts to erupt like a volcano but instead of lava, candy comes out. It’s not the creature in a science fiction movie rather it comes from the minds of second-graders in the Rose State College MyMachine program.

The kitty volcano candy dispenser is one of the eight dream machines revealed in downtown Oklahoma City at the Exchange on Film Row, in May.

The invention premier marks the inaugural year of MyMachine in Oklahoma, the first of its kind in the U.S. The STEM program aims to make science fun and asks elementary children to get creative and draw their “dream machine.”

The two schools selected to be a part of the inaugural MyMachine program in Oklahoma, were John Rex Charter Elementary School in downtown Oklahoma City and Soldier Creek Elementary in Midwest City.

Approximately 160 ideas were gathered between the two schools last fall. The classes, in turn, selected and concentrated efforts on eight projects.

The Rose State College FabLab, STEM Club, and Mid-Del Technology Center students took those ideas and brought the dreams to life with life-size prototypes.

Other dream machines on display included a banana launcher that looks like a banana and rainbow maker, a baseball machine, lava lamp fountain, push button rocket launcher, colorful shaped night light and rubber band launcher.

The MyMachine program began in Belgium and, through a partnership with Creative Oklahoma, is now offered by Rose. MyMachine co-founder Piet Grymonprez was in Oklahoma City for the “reveal.” Seven countries on three continents participated in the MyMachine program.

Rose State College has plans to expand MyMachine across the state in the coming years. Following the reveal on Film Row, the inventions were on display at the Innovation Station in downtown Oklahoma City.

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