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bio website ascendly.com
location Alexandria, VA
age 43
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
seen Dec 1 '13 at 21:53

I run Ascendly.com, a new venture that teaches engineering to kids, starting in Kindergarten. We use LEGO bricks to convey the engineering thought process, along with useful skills needed to effectively build cool stuff.

I also run ElegantTechnologies.com, which makes the occasional iPhone app.

I'm occasionally on Twitter: @ascendlyJJ


Jul
20
comment LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?
When I asked this question, I was finishing up a blog entry on the topic, which incorporated some of the answers given here. You can see the final article here: ascendly.com/page/…
Jan
8
awarded  Self-Learner
Nov
1
awarded  Beta
Oct
31
comment LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?
A friend suggested this funny video on brick safety: facebook.com/…
Oct
30
awarded  Quorum
Oct
30
answered What's the most cost effective and efficient way to buy bricks?
Oct
29
comment Bridge from just basic bricks?
I've added this as a meta topic for discussion meta.bricks.stackexchange.com/questions/59/…
Oct
29
comment Bridge from just basic bricks?
Pubby8 asked this bricks.stackexchange.com/questions/273/… I feel that either these should both be closed, or neither should be.
Oct
29
comment LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?
Why is this getting downvoted. A down-vote without an explanation is very discouraging.
Oct
29
awarded  Scholar
Oct
29
comment Bridge from just basic bricks?
I disagree that this is off topic. I think Joubarc's answer is perfect. The question is practical - I face this problem. And although it is open ended, it is not inherently open ended, any more than any 'what is the best' type of question, which are often asked and answer, for example, on stack overflow. I do like Zhaph - Ben Duguid's suggestion as being significantly more constructive and less discouraging than simply closing this.
Oct
29
accepted Bridge from just basic bricks?
Oct
29
asked Bridge from just basic bricks?
Oct
28
comment LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?
Is the electric hazard a real and documented hazard, or more of a perceived hazard? I'm just sort of wondering if the voltage is ever high enough to cause any actual damage.
Oct
28
awarded  Editor
Oct
28
revised LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?
Revised sentence.
Oct
28
awarded  Supporter
Oct
28
comment LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?
My students often use a cafeteria tray. I introduced them, originally, to just keep the mess confined, sort of anchoring the activity, even if not everything stays on the tray. A tray has an added benefit of providing a hard surface for building on, useful with carpet.
Oct
28
comment LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?
I wonder how much of a risk there is to slipping on a brick? Especially considering most school have those very hard floors.
Oct
28
awarded  Teacher