Weekly Wrap Up - Double Ls
20 Sep 2016Photo courtesy of Scholastic Teachers
Can you think of your two favourite L-words? Maybe that’s “love & laughter” or “leopard & lasagna” or whatever those initials preceding “Bean” stand for; we don’t know your life. Our two favourite L-words come in the form of “Lunch & Learn”, where Spheroites are treated to a bit of food for the belly and mind, provided we’re hungry and haven’t learned everything yet.
Lunch & Learns come in many forms, ranging from the History of Sphero to the inner workings of Firmware. Sometimes we bring in guest presenters outside of Sphero, offering a whole new perspective on other industries and influencing our own. This past week’s Lunch & Learn had us soaring high (how's that dad-pun for you?), as Captain Barrington Irving paid a visit to Sphero HQ.
Mr. Irving is the record-setter for the youngest pilot to ever circle the globe solo, and the first African American ever to do so. While he’s traveled the world and accomplished quite a bit in his young life so far, we could sense some of his proudest moments were his initiatives through education. Irving’s nonprofit educational organization, Experience Aviation, brings after-school STEM activities to middle and high school students around the States. Much of the activities students experience involve robotics, which is something we can personally get behind, and will soon be involved in. Stay tuned.
A Day In The Life: Bryan Rowe
Q. Hi. To get this going, would you telling us your name and title here at Sphero?
A. My name is Bryan Rowe, most people at Sphero call me B Rowe, and I'm the Photography & Production Manager.
Q. And can you describe what you do every day at Sphero?
A. My days range from doing all the production for upcoming videos and photo campaigns, to shooting BB-8 shorts and Launch Videos, to product photos and a lot of editing.
Q. BB-8 gets into some adventures in those shorts. I want that guy’s life. What advice can impart for those looking to get into the same kind of thing?
A. As cliche as it sounds, having a passion for what you love and sticking with it will help get you where you want to be.
Q. Sound advice. What are you working on these days? Or is it super secret?
A. Well...it's a video series showing off something really cool that the Force Band does that is not public knowledge yet.
Q. Crossingmyfingersitflipspancakes. Besides uber-cool clandestine projects, what else do you love about working at Sphero?
A. I love the flexibility of working at Sphero and not being micro-managed.
Q. Do you have a favourite bot?
A. I've got a soft spot for Ollie because of how involved with the product I was.
Q. What do you like to do outside of work?
A. Mountain-biking, camping, skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing when I can get to the beach.
Q.So, basically relaxing you say. Besides all that relaxing, what do you love about living here in Colorado?
A. The climate and the mountains make this place unbeatable.
Q. BOOM. Let’s keep this going—top places to check out?
A. The Great Sand Dunes are pretty incredible for being in the middle of the mountains. Big fan of Under the Sun in South Boulder.
Q. I definitely dig those places. Ok, here’s your last question: what little surprising fact can you share about yourself?
A. I worked at a health club in London when I was younger where I was on a first-name basis with Princess Diana.