Thanks to a $1000 grant from the KW Awesome Foundation, we will be conducting a pumpkin carving and learn-to-solder workshop for kids 8+.
- Mid-to-late October, 2011
Who's doing what?
Waterloo Town Square: Ben is checking with Tracy, the co-ordinator for possible event dates. There are tents and table available.
Science Open House: Martin Scherer from the University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering has offered space at their Science Open House (Saturday October 29th, geared toward kids). He's offered resources and advertising for our event. More about Science Open House here: http://science.uwaterloo.ca/events/2011-science-open-house.
co-ordinator: Doug Moen
We'll find a pumpkin farm or other vendor who is willing to bring pumpkins to the venue, sell them, and take back the unsold pumpkins. (We'd like to avoid this task ourselves.)
- Herrle's (doesn't have the staff or trucks to bring out and sell pumpkins. They recommended we try the Shantz family or a smaller pumpkin farm). They would sell us pumpkins at a wholesale price, though.
- Closest grocery store (Valu-Mart if we're at Waterloo Square)
Pumpkin carving knives
- Pumpkin carving kits from the dollar store?
- large spoons (if not included in kits)
- drop clothes (pref. newspaper)
- pails to collect compost material (where does the compost go?)
Electronics: the "pumpkin card"
Soldering irons, solder, LEDs, etc
One-page soldering comic: http://www.tvbgone.com/mfaire/soldercomic/soldercomic.pdf
We have a number of cheapish soldering irons, bought for the last learn to solder event. We should look into buying a few more.
- Write and send it on to CTV, The Record, The Chronicle, and the UW and WLU papers.
- Alex W 22:31, 15 September 2011 (UTC)
- Gus is looking into insurance we'll need for the event
Budget and capacity planning
How much money are we spending per kid (cost of electronics, knife, etc)? What are the fixed costs (venue, possibly insurance)? Based on the foregoing, and a $1000 budget, how many pumpkin carvers can we support?
The current rough estimate is 100 kids.
Assuming each participant doesn't get a dedicated carving station (i.e., there will be rolling attendance), we also need to determine how many stations we can set up.