Monday, October 24, 2011

Thousand Oaks Elementary School

This morning I had the pleasure of presenting "Space Robots I Have Known" to the 4th and 5th grades at Thousand Oaks Elementary School in San Antonio.  I gave a slide presentation, then showed some interesting video clips.  The kids were very attentive and polite, and asked very good questions.  I think that they will be well prepared to design the next generation of space robots. 

Thanks to Mrs. Jenness Davidson for inviting me, and to the principal and other faculty for making everything go smoothly.

I'm looking forward to telling my story at other schools in the area.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 6 - wrapping up

Things have been busy!
Today we had the last class meeting for the 2011 edition of RoboticsForGrandparents.  There was no programming to be done, but I did give the class a challenge - to build the "five minute bot" from  They did fine, except that I left out two pieces from the parts kit.  One student was able to invent a way around that problem, so we had a bot that would run around on the table.  An added bonus was a visit from Mike Henry, a FIRST Senior Mentor who likes to talk up youth robotics.  He identified and compared several robotics programs available in the San Antonio area, and showed us some of his robots.