Polyachka: how did you identify schools ?
Elsa: we needed to do something local and so we asked around. This program is being run through an existing after school program in the Needham public schools. They suggested the particular school
Elsa: it’s supposedly their low income school….but we’re in Needham so I don’t think that actually means very much
Polyachka: what is robotics stuff?
Elsa: it’s a robot that plugs into turtle art
Elsa: it obeys forward, back, right, left, and arc commands
Elsa: yeah, it’s a lot of fun
Polyachka: so you teach that too to children?
Elsa: we haven’t yet
Elsa: we’re hoping to try it in our class
Polyachka: ah, i see
Polyachka: ok, then what is accelerometer USB peripheral?
Elsa: I don’t really know, I wasn’t here at the time. Basically it was an accelerometer that you could plug into the xo and get data from
Polyachka: so how much of your time does it all take?
Elsa: a couple hours a week
Polyachka: not too bad
Polyachka: why are you doing it? 🙂
Elsa: well, the previous chapter head wanted to make sure the organization continued
Elsa: so she told me to do it
Elsa: and then I did
Polyachka: who is she?
Elsa: nikki lee
Elsa: she isn’t really involved anymore, though
Polyachka: and who else is doing it now with you?
Elsa: ian daniher
Elsa: well, he started a repair center business back in high school and is continuing it
Elsa: andrea lai and anrew pethan are teaching
Elsa: yifan sun does some documentation stuff, but she doesn’t really have time for other projects
Elsa: and I think ian has some people that help out with repairs
Polyachka: what do you think your next projects will be?
Polyachka: besides teaching
Elsa: well, it won’t really be up to me, because I’m taking the year off next year
Elsa: we don’t really have the ability to make hardware that will actually get used, at least not at the moment
Elsa: I think continuing the teaching is a good idea
Polyachka: especially teaching to low income kids
Polyachka: great stuff 🙂
Elsa: yeah, well I don’t honestly think they’re benefiting that much, but I hope that the curriculae will be useful to teachers
Elsa: that’s mostly where we’re coming from there