Led by Renfroe’s IB Coordinator, Kristen Karably, these kids were greeted by several local makers who shared a little about what sorts of projects they were working on: Rob Butera, above right, demonstrates a theremin, an electronic musical instrument, which in this case is built with Arduino technology. And Chris Goode, to the left, shows how he transformed a 1960s-era transistor radio into a guitar amplifier. It’s a replica of the one built by John Deacon, bass player for Queen.
Russell Fair had them creating their own LED “throwies” which are fun, little, portable lights. The combo of a small battery, binder clip and LED made for an interesting hands-on lesson about electrical circuitry.
Kristen said, “There was definitely a cool-factor to having a real “hacker” teaching them, and to see the raw space and unusual projects.” She went on to say that some of the kids were so excited, they were going to look into memberships and classes with us.
What more can a maker space ask for than enthusiastic kids, ready to get their hands on new ideas??! Thank you, Kristen, for bringing them by.