Wednesday, July 1, 2020
I decided to brave the airport and take a trip to see Courtney. I haven't seen her in 5 months (that's a long time for me). You're supposed to wear a mask in most public places right now, but I'd say over half the people in the airport either weren't wearing one or had it pulled down around their chin. You absolutely have to wear one on the plane though, or you aren't getting on. It was much easier to wear the mask on the airplane, because the air conditioning was on high, so the air was really fresh. Plus the plane was spotlessly clean. No one is allowed to sit in the middle seats - yeah! They can make this a permanent change, in my opinion. I'd probably put up with wearing a mask all the time if I didn't have someone right next to me.
On the way to Courtney's condo, I passed a courtyard that was brightly decorated with colored lights, flags, stuffed animals, and beach toys. Courtney said the residents started putting things out when the lockdown first began, but it has grown into quite a "zoo" since then. It looked very festive.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Amazon! Every year when I go on my snowbird adventures, I take 1 or 2 robots along and write up activities for kids. I used to incorporate those activities into my teacher training workshops, but this year I decided to take a new path and publish them in a coding, coloring, and story book called, Send Your Robot to Work. The story follows the antics of Botley the robot and his friends (also robots) as they compete in the Office Olympics. While it is a fairly quirky story, a lot of it is based on the goofy things I've seen in my 28 years as a technology consultant. The book includes 24 coloring pages and 13 coding exercises that allow kids as young as 5 years old to program Botley to do stunts like line following, maze navigation, talking, and obstacle avoidance.