Thanks for sharing this post, it's fantastic to see you how you are getting the next generation involved! Your point about volunteers really struck home with me - a few years ago EE Times sponsored an LED design competition for middle and high school students. Teachers wrote an essay about how they would use the design as part of their curriculum and were awarded an entire kit of parts for their students to create an LED design. One of our editors created all the background materials and teaching tools. It was a fantastic experience, but we were quite frankly surprised at the number of teachers who needed assistance in the very basics of electronics. The teachers with a background or who were lucky enough to have engineering mentors were at a distinct advantage. It really struck me how much many of our schools need the help of engineers if they want to introduce these types of programs into their curriculum. I'd love to hear from some of the readers who may currently be volunteering with their local schools and what their experience has been.
There was never any one thing, it was just life and everything going on around in it. As a child growing up during the Apollo missions, there was a lot of developments in technical areas that provided a never-ending sense of awe.
Shortwave radio got me hooked on science and engineering. I got started listening to the shortwave band on my grandparents' old Philco console radio. How magical it was to be able to hear stations from all over the world. That, of course, led to getting an amateur radio license, and then an EE degree. It's been a lot of fun.