If you haven’t seen the Khan Academy you should fix that right now. It’s really quite good. Many people identify this as distance learning. The Khan Academy certainly could be used for distance learning. That’s not where it stops, though. It can be used to supplement existing education. When I was in school there were times that I had missed some of the core concepts. Then, when the more advanced lessons were being taught I was completely lost. This is very common. With something like the Khan Academy a student, that is embarrassed in asking for help on something that should be basic, can reference online material. It’s also sometimes nice to get something explained in another way. Also, as described in this article

Syn Shop is Las Vegas’ only hackerspace. It’s also relatively small. How is that possible? Clearly it’s a fact of people not knowing about them or not knowing that they do things. Well, they do. Hacking is done. There was a hacking competition in where a twenty sided die (a D20) was rolled. Different obscure programming languages were writ on the die. Competitors wrote as much as they could in the language they rolled. There were rounds. The competition is nice enough, but, more impressively is the die used. It’s big and metal. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s bigger than a soccer ball. Roll for damage.
Roll for damage.

Also made were goggles that were actually pretty impressive. They had several modes and would likely serve their intended purpose – to get people interested. Although, I’m not entirely sure it attracts girls. It would require the right sort.
Goggles

Here’s an interview I did with Jeff:

HeatSync Labs is awesome. They enthusiastically push for a better atmosphere to create opportunities for the community. They are being physically hosted in Gankplank’s collaborative space, but they are quickly out growing it. And for good reason. They are constantly bringing in new members, or at least people interested. Also. A laser cutter is coming. Awesome.

Here’s an interview I did with Jeremy and Jacob of Heatsync:

This is Schuyler. I believe he was 9 at the time of the video. He’s a member of Heatsync Labs. I met a couple other people his age while I was there. There’s a level of enthusiasm here that dares to be surpassed. Just when you think you’ve got Heatsync figured out they tell you about another project that blows your mind. It’s like Heatsync is a superhero that punches laziness and boredom in the face!
Pow!
They are being physically hosted in Gankplank’s collaborative space, but they are quickly out growing it. And for good reason. They are constantly bringing in new members, or at least people interested. Also. A laser cutter is coming. If you’re in the Phoenix area and have some boredom that needs punched in the face you should go there.

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