Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life


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Teaching kids of all ages about quadcopters and technology

We just returned from 8 days in MN to see Bob’s mom and other family and friends.  We got back Tuesday night and on Wednesday went o J.L. Mann New Tech to talk to two classes of high school students about quadcopters, safe flying, the rules of flying and jobs.   There were over 60 kids in the two classes.  Bob and I team taught and we had two new volunteers from STEAM Tech Teams there to learn.  We thought it went very well.

On Thursday at noon we made our third trip to Slater Marietta Elementary School to work with the computer club and science club.  We had about 25 students, probably 5th grade.   We split into three groups and the students moved to each group.   One was actually flying the small quadcopters, tethered by a string, one group was using the flight simulator and one group learning the rules of flying.   Reid also taught them what pitch, roll and yaw mean.   He is so good working with the kids.   They were very excited and had lots of questions.   The 45 minutes really flew by.

Thursday night we went to Carolina International Preparatory School.  We were at their annual science event.   We went there last year too.   This is a small private preschool to 5th grade school.  I would say we had about 50 families come.   These kids are really little but their parents could figure out what we were showing them.  Everyone is still in awe of the 3D printer.

We are still working with a couple schools to make hands and an arm and then in mid May we have the it2PI expo.


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Roper Mt. STEM festival

Had a very exciting day yesterday at Roper Mt. Center for their STEM event. We were there with about 6 volunteers and they were all needed. Attendance was 1500 people over 6 hours. Our display was front and center as soon as people walked through the door so we were VERY busy. Kevin from Computer Source was there supporting us with at least a half dozen 3D printers on display.
I think we definitely “WOWED” people of all ages with 3D printed hands and other cool printed items, quad copter simulation, Binary Computer exhibits, 3D pens, Google Cardboard Glasses, Power UP paper airplane that you fly with your smart phone and Raspberry PI computer. I never got tired of seeing the puzzled and the “ah ha” moments in the faces of children, parents and grandparents.
Bob and I left this event, took a short nap and then hosted Newcomers Cocktails R Us for about 40 people at our house. We also shared with our guests 3D printing, quadcoters and woodworking technology. Our guests told us they had a very fun and educational evening.
Sabrina was definitely very agitated both before and during the event until I found a safe place for her to be and went and petted her several times.   Smoky hid until toward the end of the party and then came out to get some attention.  I felt bad for little Sabrina.
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Big Hand – 2 feet


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STEAM Tech Teams Accomplishments 2015

It is hard to believe that it has been just a year since we shipped our first hand to Giorgio.   We have accomplished far more than we ever expected to and have participated in some great events and made many new friends in all the schools we visited.   2016 already has lots of activities scheduled.

Here is a quick look at what we did:

Schools and Organizations STEAM Tech Teams we worked on projects with in 2015 – 11 Schools
Beck Academy International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
Belton Elementary School   – Science Fair
Carolina International Preparatory School    – Science Fair
Dorman High School – Spartenburg District 6.
Gettys Middle School – Easley – Pickens County
Greenville Tech Architecture Department
Hughes Academy
New Tech @J.L. Mann2Slater Marietta Elementary School
Northwest Middle School Travelers Rest – Greenville County
Ralph Chandler Middle School – Simpsonville
Southside High School – Greenville White Horse Rd.

Schools and Organizations we met with – 5 Schools
As-Sabeel Academy of Greenville
Bob Jones University
Greenville County Libraries
Greenville Early College – Greenville County
Riverside Middle School – Greer – Greenville County

Events STEAM Tech Teams participated in – Science Fairs 2015 – 12 Events
Barnes and Nobel  Haywood STEM fair
Belton PTA STEM Event
Children’s  Museum of the Upstate COSMOS Camp – July 8, 2015
Children’s Museum Innoskate event with Kevin Van Deusen – Aug. 7, 2015
Children’s Museum of the Upstate Build It Day with WYNIT – July 25, 2015
Hand assembly training session at OLLI at Furman – May 6, 2015
iMAGINE Upstate Technology Festival with Furman and Upstate STEM Collaborative- April 4, 2015.
iT2PI Expo at Furman – May 17, 2015
OLLI at Furman all day expo with 3D printers and hands – April 28, 2015
Roper Mountain Science Center 3D Camp – June 25, 2015
Roper Mountain Star Wars
Southside STEM parent event