This is so great. I love when people are trying to make this world a better place. I came across this website about the http://www.amcrecycling.com/recycling.aspx area does and it just gives me hope for the future.
You are totally right and just made me recall how cool is to play with transistors...I will ask the school new paper they send to post a request for discarded electronics and get the organ donors to practice soldering skills, save whatever we can and teach basic testing of components..Thanks !!!
Drive down any road ontrash day and there's an atounding bounty of electronics just sitting.
TV sets of the older variety are full of usable discrete components, for the harvesting. Here you can give the kid a soldering iron and a solder sucker, and let them build the hand skills while collecting a whole bunch of free "junk".
Next you give them some basics of components, and a power supply and DMM, and let them test what they have harvested. Let them search up the transistor datasheet (a skill missing in college kids, I can tell you from the 'boards) and teach them how to check that the device in hand is any good. That would cement a gut understanding of the basic elements.
Now you can take those harvested, tested-good "free" parts and show them how to make whatever. Simple stuff like the old Heathkit experimenter's kits, one-transistor door alarm, some noise maker or other, etc.
Just set up an electronics recycling day at the school and have the parents bring in anything. Cherry pick for organ donors and the rest, somebody hauls to the recycling center.
Let a small guy try scrapping metal to make money in America and you will find out the big boys have that all tied up or you will be lumped in with criminals. Here's an idea, try going into one of those USA scrap dealers and try to buy scrap electronics (i.e. used computer parts) and you will get a door slammed in your face. So much for working up from the bottom or being innovative outside the proper channels in the USA. This could be a reason why outside the USA, poor people can still work their way up the ladder from the bottom rung.
Hi, Well, each of us is doing something..What David mentioned is a key factor, I wanted to have a mentor at the age I was taking things apart to see how did they work...problem was to put them back together...I think life reward you based on your actions, there is a huge reward for me when this kids talk about been engineer or a high skilled professional. I had this opportunity thanks to a visionary teacher and a dynamic principal allowing me to do the projects..you don't imagine how difficult is to explain you will be working with electricity but it is safe to a school principal..Naomi, I am more than happy and I look forward to help in blogs or with videos, our energy all together will make a difference not only in education but also for the best of the U.S. future in innovation and technology development.
John's got some exciting projects in the works too -- definitely someone to keep on the radar. His energy really is contagious! I have hopes of luring him into doing blogs or maybe video for the iGEN site.
The world needs more guys like this. I wish I'd had such a mentor when I was the age of the kids he helps.
The IGen Led challenge project was very good, my problem as a judge was that we only had so many awards to hand out, but this one only just missed one. Great job John, not only on this but on the other projects you're involved in, and hope you and your kids will try again next time.
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