Me and My Robots and Global Influence
My interest in youth robotics has become more than a hobby.
In 2003 we formed a FIRST LEGO League team with our home school community. This grew into two organizations with global influence. Our robotics club became TechBrick Education at https://techbrick.com . This organization provides out-of-school robotics and STEM education for 50-100 K-12 students per year. More than 1000 students have been challenged to pursue STEM and education careers and roughly 80% of our students have done so. The website gets global traffic every day.
As part of my work in directing TechBrick I saw the need for standardized training materials for youth robotics and started designing and selling vinyl mats with a range of skill exercises and problem-solving scenarios. This became Robot Mats at https://robotmats.com and is now manufactured and distributed by Geyer Instructional at https://geyerinstructional.com . We have designed more than 400 mats for tabletop robotics, drone landing, and wide range of classroom robotics systems. These are now available in the US, Canada, the EU.
You're a Framer, so obviously photography is something you love and care about doing. But maybe there's another passion of yours on the side - cooking, skateboarding, basket weaving. Tell us more about Your Hobby. Perhaps its not so much an activity but your comfort zone - tucked away in front of a fireplace with a good book or perhaps you're a collector of stuff - lunch boxes, stamps, autographs, human fingers. There are so many ways we find to enrich our lives and make it just a bit more colorful. Hobbies can be freeing, allowing us to channel our creativity - bring us into that world with your photograph! You could opt for close-up macro shot or an environmental portrait or even a freeze frame of you dunking a basketball. The ways to share what interests and hobbies you have are just as varied as all the different kinds of things that make us, us.