On Saturday, February 11th, Cam and the TFL students went to a little place in St. George called Glitter mountain to mine a mineral called selenite. Selenite is a cool rock that grows in thin, clear plates, turning almost glass like in clarity. When you break it, it flakes off into glittery pieces, hence the name “Glitter Mountain.” Eric tried to fly his new drone but it was so windy that it went the wrong direction and crashed. Luckily it was ok. We came home with some fabulous pieces of the clear rock and, happily for mister Eric, an un-destroyed drone.
Exciting things are happening at TFL! Our partnership with Dixie State University is growing as we move forward in sponsoring a room at the new TIES community center opening in a few months just off of DSU campus. We will host a space for neuro A-typicals interested in tech as well as support a “teamwork and communication” area. The most brilliant tech minds fail without the ability to work with others. There will be “kits” that groups can check out to learn how to work as a team, coordinate and move as one “group-unit”. We will provide a familiar and safe space for those who have all different types of brains; those with more pronounced strengths and weaknesses. We look forward to sharing more information as it progresses! The Ties Center should be opening in the next few months.
We’ve recently put together a strength and fitness training program that incorporates swimming, cardio, and strength aspects of health. We set and track our goals, and have already noticed some great benefits. One of my favorite effects of the fitness program is seeing confidence grow in the students as they realize they are stronger than they think.
We finished learning Django a framework for building web apps. We were able to build a poll app where you can post questions with multiple choice answers and see the results. This was a great experience to combine many of the things we have learned and also to introduce new topics such as databases, networking and common development paradigms such as MVC (Model View Controller). We also just learned about AJAX for making network requests to get information from a server to display to the user. We had a choice to use either a Pokemon API or a Star Wars API and they chose to use the Pokemon API so we could get a list of Pokemon and let you click each one to see more information about it. We will now be in the process of prepping for various certificate tests by reviewing things we learned and tying things together. We also have been assigning more difficult homework to challenge them and see where they need the most help.
We went ice skating at the Cedar City aquatic center. We were there for around an hour and a half. Though it was a bit hard on our ankles, we had a good time. Instead of skating, Dave chose to swim. We all had a good time.