Weekly Wrap Up - Alternate Routes
19 Jul 2016
It’s no secret Denver is the fastest growing city in the nation right now. Those of us who drive from Colorado’s capital city to Boulder on the daily feel the affects of it in our commutes. What should only be a 30-minute-or-so drive can easily triple as everyone’s shared idea of “beating traffic” is not exactly novel.
Inspired by Boulder’s annual Tube To Work Day, members of our creative team decided to take an alternate route to work to lighten the daily commute.
Our very own Hunter Clawson, David Saucedo (D-sauce) and Taylor Gair opted for an alternate tube—a raft. Possibly prioritising suits over safety, these dapperly-fitted gents braved the mighty currents of the creek; much to the awe but-not-entirely-surprise of a community filled with runners and cyclists alike (so Boulder). With oars in hand and a Sphero flag waving proudly, this maiden voyage could very well have inspired other Boulderites to opt for alternate routes to work with a triumphant arrival at our office backyard.
Needless to say….there were few bumps in the journey. Were the currents’ tumult slightly underestimated? Probably. Did the team make it to our office? Not exactly. Will these fine men be forever immortalized as chicken-foot winners for embarking on this alternate route? Most definitely.
So for all the rewarding delight D-sauce, Hunter and Taylor brought you today, it goes without saying that maybe you should opt for safety over suits if you’re going to try your own alternate route at home or in life.
Just throwing that out there.
A Day In The Life: Dani Hammernik
Q. To get this started, can you tell us your name and title here at Sphero?
A. Dani Hammernik, SPRK Community Relations.
Q. And what exactly you do at Sphero everyday?
A. As a former elementary school teacher I bring a unique perspective to Sphero’s education team. I lead all things community, which spans everything from educator support, marketing, events, and telling stories though exciting content.
Q. What advice can you offer for someone looking to be in the education field who may or may not want to be a teacher?
A. I always thought that getting my teaching degree meant I’d be in the classroom forever. It turns out that education is constantly evolving, and teaching experience is an asset to have for innovative roles outside of a school that will transform education. I’ve always wanted to make an impact on the lives of children, and giving up teaching to work at Sphero was hard at first. Working here allows me to extend my reach beyond a classroom of 30 students. Get out of your comfort zone and see where these experiences can take you.
Q. I like that. So what are you working on these days?
A. This summer we are honored to partner with Apple as part of their Apple Camp programs in retail stores around the world. This year’s camp theme is coding and robotics and thousands of kids will be programming SPRK+ robots during these sessions. I am honored to currently be working with Apple to develop Sphero activities and an agenda for these upcoming camps that will reach so many kids.
Q. That’s pretty rad. Besides working alongside partners like Apple, what would you say is your favourite thing about working at Sphero?
A. The people I work with. At Sphero you’re not limited to working with the people on your team. Our departments are incredibly cross-functional, which has introduced me to some of the most talented and creative people I’ve ever met and I’m honored to work alongside them.
Q. Being that you’re on our EDU team, I’m pretty sure I can guess which of our bots is your favourite…
A. SPRK+ is my favorite. I am blown away by the creative uses for SPRK+ in education. This robot is not only teaching kids the fundamentals of coding and problem solving, but also giving kids their best days of school. Did you ever think you’d see robots in art and literature? Gone are the days of robots being a thing for nerds.
Q. Gone are the days of nerd culture being only for nerds. More about you—what gets you going outside of Sphero?
A. My sister and brother-in-law are the owners and brewers of a craft brewery in Boulder, Wild Woods Brewery, so I spend a lot of time there. I love beer and I love to eat so exploring new places to do these things really “gets me going”.
Q. What do you love most about living in Colorado?
A. Open space. Living in Boulder, I am minutes away from some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It’s great to be able to break away from society once and a while and climb a mountain or sleep in the woods.
Q. So what else is around here you recommend I check out?
A. Drank: Wild Woods Brewery—Ponderosa Porter is where it’s at. Eats: Kitchen Next Door—Garlic Smashers and calamari every time. Outdoors: Blue Lakes hike in Telluride—no words.
Q. I’ll definitely be checking out all those places after lunch. Last question: Tell me something about yourself that will surprise me or at least I’ll find unexpected
A. There is a large wheel of cheese in my fridge right now. And most days.