25-years exper Architecture & Construction, B(Arch) + worked in New Zealand and U.K, now Technical Editor/ designer/ educator.
As side-line, in 2015, I founded tech workshops for my daughter, teachng Arduino, SketchUp, Fusion 360, 3D Printing. Partnered with tutors from the AUT (Auckland University of Technology) Batchelor of Creative Technology programme (for electronics and coding expertise). Workshops closed during 2020/2021 due to Covid & Community centre refurbishment. Hoping to restart sometime during 2021.
2021 goals: Build dataloggers (WILDLABS/FreakLabs); prototype fixed-wing drone(s), teach the kids how to fly at a local model RC club; autonomous flights using Ardupilot Mission Planner; design and build a gyrostabilised camera gimbal for our drone (Paul McWhorter lessons); learn A.I. using a Jetson Nano with the new Raspberry-Pi HQ camera (Paul McWhorter lessons); experiment with the Public Lab camera hack for NIR imaging to study plant health.
My daughter (14-yrs) is keen to work in the science/tech and environmental fields. She has designed and field tested a low-cost, portable, incubator for culturing E.Coli water samples (Petrifilm Method). The further field testing (new prototype) are planned this year in Auckland.
Our long-term goals are developing and field-testing low-cost environmental tech for Citizen Science groups, and aerial surveys similar to conservationdrones.org