California College of the Arts
Spring break of my second semester teaching at the California College of the Arts just past. I catch transit (unless I have a big load of tubes, then I've driven) once per week. The bus and then train ride take about two hours if all my connections are good and I find it pretty novel to have a two hour chunk of free time (even if it is stuck in a seat. There is always more class prep to be done, but best is reading.
The teaching job is one that I enjoy, despite moments of stress and self-doubt. The school has given me room to design the class (and also to learn how to design the class) and be creative.
This semester, the class is designing and building a cyclo-rickshaw modeled after the original Penang Trishaw (Malaysia). We are in the thick of it.
Thanks to a handfull of students with serious CAD skils and a willingness to figure things out with me, we have the design laid out in solidworks and we've started construction.
There is so much work to be done! (Heard that before?)
Our Trishaw has a date at the Maker's Faire May 15th and another appearance the Ebb & Flow River-Arts festival here in Santa Cruz Mid June. The pressure is on!