Monday, March 14, 2011

STEM Workshop & Guitar Building

The second week of January I had the opportunity to take a STEM workshop at my high school. This program, funded by the National Science Foundation, was created to get kids excited about science, math and tech ed through building their own custom guitars. I was only one of three women in the workshop and the only social studies teacher. I definitely felt out of my element, but I was willing to challenge myself and try something new.

The workshop was all day on a Saturday and then ran the next week Monday-Thursday for six hours every evening. It was a brutal schedule on top of teaching all day. To make matters worse I got really sick. Given that the foundation was paying for our time and we got to build super cool guitars I showed up everyday to finish the guitar. The workshop made me wish that I taught science so I could demonstrate some of the exciting information I learned. Of course the biggest thrill was the gorgeous guitar I made.

I achieved a two 'firsts' through this workshop; first use of power tools and first time soldering. The guys in the workshop were very helpful and were always willing to step in to show me how to use one of the machines or to make sure I was doing something correctly. My guitar is not perfect, but I embrace all the little imperfections.

Now the next phase, learning how to play it. I plan on taking lessons this summer. Enjoy the photos.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Long Overdue

My blog has been neglected since my January 1st posting. So much for keeping everyone updated. The blog is a general reflection on the state of my life. The last few months have been crazy busy. Here is a quick list of the major happenings since the new year. I will post more detail on these events over the next week.
  • Building my electric guitar
  • Sick (twice)
  • Parents visit
  • Visit to Tucson
  • Engagement photo session with my niece and her fiance (stormy trip)
  • WPPI
  • National Board Certification
  • Bake sale, bake sale, bake sale
  • Talent Show
  • Upcoming trip to New York
As usual I overwhelm myself with projects, responsibilities and tasks. The next few months will be no different, but I have decided to reorganize how I get my stuff done and I am hoping that this change will make it easier for me to develop some balance.