I wasn’t sure what to expect when I woke up early this morning. I was going to a conference that wasn’t a conference at all! I was going to my very first Playdate. The day would be filled with lots of teachers just sitting around playing and learning with each other. At that last minute I decided to attend the Makers session and it was my best moment of the day.
As I entered the room I could see a wide variety of boxed stacked on a table. Inside were circuits and wires, mysterious items, and lots of things that I just couldn’t name. This looks intimidating I thought. Thanks to a teacher named Bill Steinbach we had all of these great toys to play with. I surveyed them carefully and picked up a lone box that indicated I could build my own camera. Now that sounded cool.
My self doubt returned as I opened the box and looked at all of the parts. Just take it one step at a time I thought. Step by step, instruction by instruction, picture by picture I began to put it together. Slowly, slowly my camera started to grow. My train of thought was interrupted as a group of people started shouting. They had built some kind of human piano. But I continued on. Glancing at the clock the pressure of time bore down but I knew I had to be careful and precise. Afterall, this wasn’t even my camera! Piece by piece by piece. Finally it was done! I turned the crank to charge the battery rotated the dial to on and held my breath. The little screen lit up and there, in front of my stunned eyes, was a screen for a digital camera. I had done it. I seized the camera and leaped to my feet.
“I did it!” I screamed. “I built a camera!” I rushed over to snap some pictures of the human piano. It was a glorious glorious moment.