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[Discuss] OT Volunteering for School Presentations

It may be possible to involve the Artisan's Asylum in some school programs,
especially if you have some organizational energy to help out with it.
 We're down for it, just most of those who are the volunteering sort are
already oversubscribed.

Drew Van Zandt
Artisan's Asylum Craft Lead, Electronics & Robotics
Cam # US2010035593 (M:Liam Hopkins R: Bastian Rotgeld)
Domain Coordinator, MA-003-D.  Masquerade aVST

On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 8:05 AM, Mark Woodward <markw at> wrote:

> I just did a presentation at my daughters 1st grade class. It was about my
> career in computer science and technology. I brought the robot, because
> lets face it, all performances are improved by props.
> The kids were REALLY excited about it. Most questions were kiddish, of
> course, but there were a few that showed real curiosity and innate talent.
> One parent emailed and said her daughter was talking about robots all
> night. One teacher asked why it said "Linux" on the side.
> It occurred to me that one of the missions of BLU is advocacy. While open
> source and free software won't have the resources of the likes of Microsoft
> or Apple, it does have people that know how to do things.
> Kids at school need to see that math is cool and that science is fun. The
> problem, IMHO, is that math and science are taught from a maths or science
> perspective which is kind of dry. If presented from an engineering
> perspective, it could be made a lot more fun. And for those purists out
> there, remember, we had steam locomotives before a full understanding of
> thermodynamics.
> I have a 21 year old who is a senior in college, and a 7 year old who is
> in first grade. I'm not knocking teachers here, but there is a real need to
> add substance to their lessons.  Doing some cool things and bringing them
> to the schools for the kids will help our communities.
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