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Harrison, the teacher

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Harrison is a regular visitor to the Museum and has been mentioned before in this blog here.  A couple of days ago, he visited MAKESHOP with an agenda.  He needed help soldering some components.  I can certainly help someone solder something, but Harrison really helped me understand what it means to turn your imagination into reality.

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Harrison planned on creating a remote control for his room.  He was planning to hook up his lights, thermostat, and other devices to a central control system that could be operated by a single remote.  He was building the bedroom of the future.  His plan was to re-purpose a remote control kit that did not function exactly how he wanted.  He mapped out all the areas that he would need to solder wires to the remote.  I was just his extra set of hands while we soldered leads to the circuit board.

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While we soldered, Harrison explained more of his plans to me.  Most of it went right over my head.  He was doing things with Arduino that I did not fully understand.  I explained to Harrison that I typically teach really little kids, therefore I don’t typically delve into the realm of programming and Arduino very often.

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Harrison then told me about a class that he was teaching at his school.  He’s teaching an Intro to Arduino and programming class to students a grade above him.  I would probably benefit from taking that class!

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Harrison and I are both teachers and learners.  I am glad to know kids who genuinely enjoy learning and it’s great to have MAKESHOP as a resource for them.

-Kevin

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