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High School night
« on: February 03, 2013, 04:03:24 AM »
What do you guys think about the idea of a high school night. We set up mini classes or just have people here with different skills. Hardware, Software and machining so that high school kids can learn how to use some of the equipment and bring in there ideas so we can help them implement them. Tonight at Dark Skys the B.A.D robotics team from lyman was there showing off some of there stuff as well as asking for some help with getting some stuff 3D printed and with some small personal projects they were working on.

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Re: High School night
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013, 09:43:31 AM »
Sounds like a great program. Only downside I can think of is that it will cause more often discussion of the "minors as members" topic.

I'd also like to see a strict "no alcohol" policy during those nights - including removing any from the fridge / kitchen.

One of our members (Wendell), is a Lyman high parent and team mentor so you could get some support from him AND some ideas of how to structure to prevent issues.

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2013, 09:59:48 AM »
Not so young makers? Could be beneficial but we'd have to be clear on the purpose of the event.

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Re: High School night
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2013, 10:04:09 AM »
Not so young makers? Could be beneficial but we'd have to be clear on the purpose of the event.

I was thinking more like "Open Make: High School Edition" :)


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Re: High School night
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2013, 04:22:17 PM »
Could we perhaps more simply just make a lock for the mini fridge, since we're now keeping all alcohol in there? If not, I volunteer to remove all alcohol...I might even bring it back.

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Re: High School night
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2013, 04:39:36 PM »
bring back all of it

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Re: High School night
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2013, 05:01:45 PM »
Sounds like a great program. Only downside I can think of is that it will cause more often discussion of the "minors as members" topic.

I'd also like to see a strict "no alcohol" policy during those nights - including removing any from the fridge / kitchen.

One of our members (Wendell), is a Lyman high parent and team mentor so you could get some support from him AND some ideas of how to structure to prevent issues.


I actually spoke to Wendell's son last night. He was at Dark Skies, which is where I got the idea from.

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Re: High School night
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2013, 08:20:34 PM »
FamiHIGH School Night?

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Re: High School night
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2013, 04:15:32 PM »
@tomlong that sounds like a night where we all do drugs and try to school each other. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
yes.

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Re: High School night
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2013, 10:50:42 AM »
Open make nights were awesome.

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Re: High School night
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2013, 01:57:07 PM »
Not to be a Debbie downer but I do have concerns about working with minors. I taught for a while and I currently volunteer with a youth mentoring group. We follow the boy scout code when it comes to adult and child interaction. Dealing with minors is very touchy. I think before you proceed you may want to put some policies and guidelines into place.


A few things you may want to think about:


Are parents required to stay the entire time with their youth maker?
What type of liability does the lab have? Are parents required to sign some type of waiver before their maker can attend?
Adult supervision? There is a law in place that says adults can never be in a 1 on 1 situation with a minor (this is a huge deal with my volunteer group). Not sure of the exact wording but you may want to check into that.
In addition to an alcohol free zone what about focusing on lab safety. The lab is pretty loose on this and I'd hate to see bad habits travel.


Just a few of my thoughts.

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Re: High School night
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2013, 03:29:37 PM »
I agree with antisparkle. High school kids are a lot more autonomous than middle school, and elementary school students, and will be more likely to show up the space without their parents. Also, we have quite a few ADULTS that lack the maturity to treat the equipment with care, and clean up after themselves. Not to seem like an out-of-touch old fart, but I doubt minors will treat our space with better care.

Also, there are reasons why car insurance rates on high school students are higher, statistically they are a bigger liability. Not to mention, legally we are responsible for them, and as they aren't members aren't required to sign the liability forms. Also, even if they signed some forms, I'm not sure how legally binding they'd be.

If we proceed, I'd advise establishing strong relationships with the parents of the students we bring in, and have it as a sponsorship program. Also, have both the student, and parent sign liability and responsibility forms to reduce our liability.
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Re: High School night
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2013, 04:53:35 PM »
The risk to reward ratio is too great.
We've had this discussion before.
If highschool kids want to come they
must be under the adult's membership.

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Re: High School night
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2013, 05:38:27 PM »
Solving these issues for underaged members is difficult. This proposal here is to solve them for one night.

We can make a requirement that every kid needs to be under an adult's supervision, or even with a parent.

I guess the important question is, since it would require some amount of organization, who will volunteer as the organizer for a 'high school night'?

They would get to decide what all these rules are, and I guess if we think it's a big deal, we can insist the organizer get approval from the board of directors.

I, for one, would not volunteer for this :p

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Re: High School night
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2013, 06:48:55 AM »
Solving these issues for underaged members is difficult. This proposal here is to solve them for one night.

Agreed, baby steps...