Fun with Drones

I have a Mavic Pro drone I’ve been playing with for a while now. It’s been great fun, and has also proved useful on occasion. For example, my school expanded it’s parking lot last year, and I was able to take updated aerial photos of the new layout. This also allowed me to make some neat new campus maps by tracing designs over the photo in Illustrator. I had my drone out again recently because I wanted some new shots of the parking area with the landscaping grown in a bit. While I was flying anyway, I decided to try some new techniques. I took some 360 panoramas (I used Litchi software to automate this, but it’s perfectly doable in the DJI software). I then took the pictures into Microsoft’s free Image Composite Editor software.  I think the results are pretty cool! I’ll definitely be doing more of this.

Another Breakout Challenge

I could have sworn that I published this already! I gave this to my 6th graders a while ago. One group out of four finished it, with two others hot on the trail at the end of our time (one hour). I was really impressed with the teamwork!

Breakout Winter 2018

Another painted print

I decided it was time to paint another 3D print. I have a print of a T-Rex skull that had been sitting on my shelf for years, not getting much attention. A bit of paint later, the kids loved it. None of them realized they had all seen it before! Also, my workbench with the pre-painted piece.

Happy Poetry Month (a bit late)

I made a thing for poetry month. It’s finally mounted in our library, just a bit late for National Poetry Month. With some luck, though, it will just be early for next year! Special thanks to Mag-net on Thingiverse for sharing such a great design!



National Cryptologic Museum

I decided to put my spring break to good use this year with a visit to DC’s museums. At the top of my list was the National Cryptologic Museum, just outside of NSA headquarters. I have to admit that my expectations were low – how many people would be interested in the subject, and how much support could be behind such a project? Well, I was very pleasantly surprised! The museum was definitely my favorite in DC, and that’s stiff competition! This very unassuming building holds a treasure trove of great exhibits, and was presented in a very well considered fashion. I managed to jump onto a tour with a very knowledgeable docent, who was able to present the stories in such a way to interest the four or five young teens in the audience, as well as the adults. Highlights for me were getting hands-on with an actual Enigma, and seeing the Bombe up close. The museum is a bit of a trek if you’re coming from the Mall, but well worth the journey!