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 Paul Lutes, representing BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology), spoke to club members about their organization and their ojbectives.  Their goal is get high school and middle school students excited about careers in engineering and science through participation in an exciting robotics competition.  Participation is open to any school and and all materials are provided free of charge to teams. The rationale behind this effort is that, according to an ASME statement to the U.S. Senate, the demand for scientists and engineers will increase at twice the rate of other professions.  The US Commission on National Security for the 21st Century states "the harsh fact that the U.S. need for the highest quality...in science, mathematics, and engineering is not being met.."

BEST is looking for mentorship and Paul explained to club members how individual members can volunteer their time and talents because these kids need to learn basic fabrication skills to allow them to build better robots.

For more information click on North Houston BEST

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SHOW and TELL PROJECTS
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There will no doubt be some happy feathered friends when Ron Kuenning hangs these birdhouses in his yard. Ron described how he deviated from the purchased plans to make matching the roof to the house better.  

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    Ron Kuenning made these coyotes of used fence boards. 

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 This scroll sawed eagle of red oak flies high in the hands of Norm Nichols.

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       L1040274.JPG (288902 bytes) L1040308.JPG (64008 bytes)  This cross was proudly crafted and shown by Norm Nichols.
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  Gary Rowen wondered what to do with a couple of blown cabinet hi-fi speakers so he grabbed some "excess" plywood, trimmed it around the edges, polyurethaned it and called it a table top using the speaker boxes as table "legs".  It will "grace" his man cave.                   L1040255.JPG (234216 bytes) L1040256-1.jpg (169517 bytes)
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     L1040266.JPG (130692 bytes) L1040268.JPG (115941 bytes) L1040310.JPG (127178 bytes) The Tower Bridge (of London...England, that is) was made by Ken Serdar from 3mm MDF.  All the fret work was done by computer control.  The single tower is an example of a goof in setting up the system.
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In this photo Rick Spacek holds a cross that he crafted from mahogany. L1040261.JPG (94671 bytes) L1040313.JPG (102374 bytes)
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L1040263.JPG (245815 bytes) L1040315.JPG (112826 bytes) This framed tiger was also expertly crafted by Rick Spacek.
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Charles Volek proudly shows his sea chest made of pine.  The dovetail joints are hand cut.  The handles are of hemp rope.  Charles explained that the wedge design was to help keep it from tipping over due to ship rolling.  Charles used a gel stain then top coated with polyurethane.  L1040282.JPG (168504 bytes)  L1040330.JPG (187750 bytes) L1040320.JPG (181310 bytes) L1040291-1.jpg (247373 bytes)  L1040292.JPG (220402 bytes)
 
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Jeremy Grubb showed slides of his exquisitely crafted side table of white sycamore doors and African mahagony legs. The white sycamore is actually about 1900 individual pieces of veneer - that's a lot - and takes patience too. The white doors in front resemble feathers of a great white bird -- swan maybe?    DSC_0147.JPG (535307 bytes) jjhginside.jpg (98183 bytes) L1040326.JPG (97688 bytes)
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  This is a high resolution rendering (6.5 megs) of Jeremy's project.

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