As indicated in the Introduction post RoadTest Support: ACCESS:bit for micro:bit Introduction (Research and Unboxing) this RoadTest Review is intended to be a collaboration effort. The RoadTest review posting ACCESS:bit for micro:bit suggested this RoadTest would be good for a parent and child team. I'm not interested in having any more kids! My thought, maybe the RoadTest would be a good project for one of the Computer Club Students.
I have the role as Coach, in an after hour Computer Club at the local school. Student meet once a week, usually during a lunch break to be exposed to STEM. The club humble beginnings started with donated computer equipment from local businesses. The switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 was a boom for us. Companies had working computer hardware that didn't support Windows 10. No problem if you work in the Linux arena. A basement full of working computers was an assembly feast for the students. 45 kids from a school of 250 on the first club meeting.
Over the weeks students learned how to assemble computers and network them. The Club size dipped to 8. "Hey I thought we were going to get a free computer." was the reason one students didn't attend. The club was building computers but for the club not for students. Many had to idea about different connectors and plugging things in. They sure did after a few weeks of wading through boxes of computer hardware to find an end that fit.
COVID-19 shutdown the school and as a result the Computer Club. After some retooling the Club went virtual, using online tools students were familiar with. The club started with one student and finished the school season with five students from the eleven full time club members. One of the highlights of the year was students assembling and programming their own Raspberry Pi's at home while being supported with Google Hangout meetings.
After seeking permission from the school and acceptance from the parent, one of the students (0101 ) was asked to participate in a RoadTest Review. The objective help prepare and submit an application. If successful, deliver what you promised in the application.
Our team is here folks! The plan is for the student to conduct the RoadTest. My role is mentorship and making posts to the site. I also manage the schedule by checking in on progress. The student is responsible for providing the material. After some discussion, I prepare the posts.
I'm trusting a teenagers perspective on this product will provide value to the reader, vendor and E14Community. I am confident it will provide benefit to the student. I have already seen changes as a result of formal meetings as we prepared the application and did the unboxing. Who knew you could use the project as an example of work you have done on your resume for a summer job. The student seems excited (how do you ever know with a teenager?) about the project. At the end of the RoadTest Review, the product will belong to the student.
I have asked the student to secure an account on the E14 Community site. Part of the deliverable's is for the student is to monitor the project posts and respond if appropriate. I am hoping to hear from the students on a post.
We would like to thank the E14 RoadTest selection committee for accepting our application. We would also like to thank the vendor for the products that are being tested. Our team looks forward to working in the E14Community.