First off, I assure you I’ve been working hard this summer, but not much of it is showing up on this blog, at least not yet. My work at the Chicago hardware incubator has been interesting and invigorating, albeit tiring. After
years decades of mostly working from home, I’m enjoying my time in the big city. Here’s a peek at one of the things I love about my job:
(it’s a video; click to watch)
I get to see fun new inventions!
Yeah, I’m riding a suitcase.
I enjoy being surrounded by makers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. By definition, they’re all problem-solvers, go-getters, people wanting to make their mark (and money). There’s always something interesting going on, people working on interesting things whether it’s as a full-time job, a consulting gig, a side hustle or something just for fun.
Speaking of just for fun, we also hosted Hebocon, a robot battle for the technically non-gifted.
(Also a video, click.)
That’s my robot above. It totally broke down when competition started. 🙁
Here’s a round between two more sophisticated bots. The fabulous mojito-bot and, well, watch to see the surprise ending!
And though I wasn’t in the segment, I did the behind-the-scenes work for make this TV segment happen for Week of Makers.
Oh, and last week the Maker Teen and I got to pay a (really tiny) role in Chicago’s Array of Things (AoT) project.
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Oh, and I raised a handful of butterflies from caterpillars I found in our garden.
I also continue to write for the Young Scientist Challenge blog and I’ve got my fingers in a few other pots, too. No wonder, I’m tired.
In a couple of weeks, I’m taking my older son to college (gasp!) out in Arizona and my husband and I doing a “planes, trains and automobiles” trip home. I’ll share the details afterward, but we’ve got a crazy itinerary planned. A fun trip for a couple of 30-somethings. We’ll see if our almost 50-year-old selves can handle it. Speaking of 50-year-olds, we (mostly my husband with me playing the role of mildly supportive wife) want to see all 50 states by the time we’re 55 (or, um, 55).
If you and your spouse want to plan a similar challenge, start young and create definitive criteria.
We He came to this idea a few years ago and we look back and debate whether a certain state counts. Is it okay is we only drove through it? Did we have to see the capitol, eat a meal or hit a rest stop for it to count? Because we have two years and 20 states(!), we’re pretty much counting every state as long as we’ve been in or through the state together. Fortunately, we’ve knocked off Alaska and Hawaii. On our way home from Arizona, we’re hitting Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, but in a manner that a friend used to refer to as a “drive-by shooting.” As in, you take a bunch of pictures from your car.
At any rate, assuming all goes according to plan once I’ve recovered from the trip, things should liven up here. I even have a STEMchat and related giveaway or two in the works for September, so stay tuned!