Hello, dedicated readers.
Helmut and I just returned from the ASTC, (association of science and technology centers) conference in Columbus Ohio. When I say just, I mean that: we got back about half an hour ago. Here are some of my observations about the trip:
1. Columbus is a surprisingly nice city. Ohio is in the buckle of the rust belt, so I was taken aback at how modern and clean the city is. Less favorably, it was cold, windy, and raining. As a subtropical creature, I find the cold unacceptable.
2. I played with some robots, avoided crashing the computers of complex visual aids, and encountered a full size Tyrannosaurus skull from the Fields museum. I tried talking the lady in charge of it into giving it to me, but she declined. That's a shame, as it would've looked great in my living room.
3. We showed off our Digital Starlab and took many people on a brief tour of the cosmos, which was greatly appreciated. Columbus may be a nice city, but it cannot compare to the moon system of Saturn.
4. We met with some current users of Digital Starlabs. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive.
5. During a lull in the conference, I turned the Starlab into a light show set to music for the amusement of the other exhibitors. It had no educational value whatsoever, but it was greatly entertaining and shows off what a Starlab can do. Now, any Digital Starlab is capable of being turned into a high tech nightclub at a moment's notice. If this is something you're interested in (it would make a great intro to a show, or an ice breaker at parent teacher conferences), please let me know.
6. I tried my hand at making some custom simulations for the Starlab that were very well recieved. If you've always wanted a specific simulation but weren't sure how to do it, please contact me. I can whip up the file you need and tell you how to install it.
All in all, the show was great. To those who couldn't make it, you missed out on a lot of fun.