Miles

The Beginning

To some people a computer is simply a means to interact with software. I find it bewildering that some feel computers are harbingers of confusion and frustration that may as well have slithered into existence from the same nether-dimension from which H.P. Lovecraft drew his inspiration.

 

I lived, apparently, as a technophile for the past twenty years. I comfortably used Boolean searches to narrow down the difference between mechanical keyboard switches of varying tactile and audible responses. Translated into “normal”, I was comparison shopping for the perfect keyboard. It was baffling to me that other people my age or younger would not have the same interest or affinity for technology. The first few months of this new awareness led to some soul searching and a slow transformation of the goals I wanted to set for my future career. The initial tasks of updating web plugins such as Flash or Java seemed almost routine but led to the decision to think about how I came by these skills.

 

Thinking back a little more critically, I do remember spending weeks or months trying to fix software malfunctions, or even worse, fixing one issue only to find a more difficult problem behind it. This amount of time and effort was gladly spent though, as the alternatives were being unable to use the wondrous, endlessly entertaining machines that I had been privileged to use.

 

I remember a PC game crashing, when I was fairly young and proceeding to ask my father for a solution for it. Often, he was successful, but when I was about 11, he explained that I knew more about the problem than he did. I sense this was more an avoidance strategy, than a true admission of ignorance.

 

With these skills I innocently started on my current career of technological shamanism and spirit journeys known as tech support. Many years of trial and error, punctuated by periods of error, led me to the conclusion that computer literacy was not as common as had expected.

 

With this newfound experience and close proximity to educators I found myself gravitating towards a project that would both serve the community and empower the users I wanted to help. This project started out as a simple idea, to use Raspberry Pi micro computers to educate elementary school students. It turns out that the process of creating curriculum to teach was a much larger idea than I had expected.

 

My vision of The Tech Monsters is to create a curriculum that increase familiarity, foster curiosity, and ultimately enable children to utilize technology to monitor and interact with the physical world.

 

The Feel Spiel