I got to speak at my high school in Altamont, KS and help judge an entrepenuer contest. I toured all the shop classes and was so proud of those awesome teachers making a difference in that small town. My favorite quote from the marketing class teacher: “farmers are the original Makers!”
The machine shop class was facing shutdown and a teacher stepped up and begged to take it on. They grudgingly agreed to keep it open as a trial run. That semester he had one student. A couple years later and now he has 34 students!! Shop class is alive and well at LCHS! (See pics)
One pair of pair of students, two Dynamo young ladies, are trying to start a drone company to help farmers pinpoint problem areas in their fields and help increase the yield of their crops. I was so proud of those two. I’m going to see how I can help.
The highlight of my day was seeing my electronics teacher and his killer lab. We talked about Tesla, steam engines powered by the sun, how he teamed up with the chemistry teacher to ignite thermite with a fresnel lens salvaged from an old projection tv, and saw one student’s Bitcoin mining rig repurposed from old equipment he found from his dad’s company just sitting in the basement.
Get involved in your local school, people. Help these young makers discover and create. Our country - the world - needs them!