Learning to drive a bus is no joke! When we started this adventure of creating a mobile maker space I knew I was going to want to drive the bus. Selfishly I wanted to have access to the door handle, imagine my surprise when I found out it was just a push button to open. I was a little bummed to say the least.
Since I am the first on the team to be trained I am the Guinea pig, for instance we didn't know that the first day of training I was going to have to crawl under the bus and start naming off mechanical parts. My first day was also the night of #Bethanymakerfair; I was working till 8pm! I was at a community function, and needed to look presentable. I was wearing khakis.
Note to self: wear dark colored clothing
The second day of my training I got to do the air brake test, move the bus forward and back. They are powerful machines. I learned terms like choking the bus, thumper, and u-bolts & joints. I am super excited to be in control of the internal/external radio and PA system... But who wouldn't be?
Note to self: closed heel/toe shoes
Right now my brain is consumed with #futurebus stuff. We have a lot to organize, buy, and prep. I have a lot of tests to take to be able to drive the bus; while the bus might be out ready to roll the streets the components on our end, the logistics, are still being worked on.
Thanks to Gallagher Designs, Stumptown Coffee, First Tech Credit Union, and BEF (Beaverton Education Foundation) for helping to bring this bus to life.
Current thoughts and ruminations on educational technology.