I live in Aurora and knew people who graduated from HHS.
What you are doing sounds amazing and its what we need in High Schools here in the US. I graduated in 1995 and in the years prior to that and the years following, there was a big push to defund Technology and Manufacturing classes and departments in the US school system. The downside now is an entire generation of adults who don't know how to do anything. I guess the plus side is there is an entire generation of YouTubers who make videos "discovering" how to do the things that our parents and their parents learned in school and/or at home.
I just ask/urge one thing. Make sure that you teach them the importance of technical drawing and understand that just making models does not cut it. Recently I made a post about this very topic and I go into a bit of detail on it. Make sure they know not only how to model things, but also how to and the importance of, proper 2D drawings. Eventually you need to make parts and the last time I checked, humans don't interact with our 3D world, in 3D. We see and interact with a 2D environment and with 2D not being taught anymore, its creating people who can essentially "build the boat in the basement" and not see any issue with it.
Ok, enough of all that. I will donate an AT 29/40-120 from Wildman's Hobbies (@WILDMANRS
) over in Van Orin, IL https://wildmanrocketry.com/
Please also select an additional $100 in product from Tim's webstore and send me a screen shot via PM of what you would like. I have a Wildman Club Member discount so you can go over $100 by 15-20%. Just find what you think would make your class even better or what you might need or want, and pick it out.
I also see the kids are on winter break according to the HHS calendar and are returning to class the week after next. Would be nice to have them return to class on Monday with a New Years gift package to open in class.
If you select any motors, and to save on shipping and HAZMAT. I will just go pick the order up and we can link up to pass it along in person. I drive over to Tim's periodically and I have an order balance that will be coming in soon as well as a lot of CF that I need to order and go get, so I will be heading down there again in the next week or so.
If there are no motors, I will likely just have Tim ship it to you, so include a mailing address.
No need for any thanks, just teach those kids well, please. We need good engineers/designers/technicians/etc. Lots of them are not learning in college, what we need them to know once they hit the workforce, and its painful training them things they should have learned long ago. I just interviewed a guy a week ago who was a CSWE and kept saying "I'm amazing at Solidworks!!" Ok, so am I. Doesn't mean you are a good or effective designer. It just means you know how to use the tool. As I always say, "You can pound nails with a brick, doesn't make it right."
Also, if its not too much trouble. Send me a screen shot/pic/whatever, of your school letterhead. Not that I don't trust but I want to make sure its all legit before I donate. I am sure you understand!