Next thing I did was attend the Sparkfun symposium. I had a blast at this. It was very well done. I came in and they had tables set up with Intel Galileos, Sparkfun Red Boards, and Arduinos running and connected to computers with Arduino IDE up. They taught us like 10 minutes of basic programming syntax and then realized that almost all of us in the class could teach it so they let us loose the last 45 minutes to create something really cool involving communication. There were five of us at the table and we created a remote control car where the input from an analog input was sent over two Xbee modules via Serial and then the input was used to determine how much power would be sent to each continuous rotation servo using a Sparkfun Redboard.
This kind of environment is what I believe employs the most effective type of learning that sticks with you. This should be used as a model for classroom learning. Teach a concept for a half hour and then use the last half hour to let students experiment and solve problems on their own while the teacher is their for assistance if they run into a immovable wall.
Next event was the panel with Nobel Laureates,
J. Michael Bishop, Martin Chalfie, H. Robert Horvitz, Harold Kroto, John Mather, and Draper Prize award winner Frances Arnold. Students asked questions and they provided their unique perspectives and answered them. I gained much insight from them.
After that, they closed off LA Live for all ISEF attendees. This included Club Nokia, Target Terrace, and the Gramm Museum. Very fun experience. Lots of free food/ drinks and lots of good music.