We were a little short on numbers tonight due to me being a tad to busy to get the word out about this month’s classes (posted them Sunday, oops my bad), but we had three people join in who were just in the store. One fellow was looking at my various demo projects that I had sat out and so I asked him if he would be interested in joining us so he did and he was very happy that he did when I asked him afterwards. Now the other two who joined us were courtesy of Sabrina Forde who is the Community Development & Events Specialist at the Microsoft Store and my contact (and a huge huge help) who met a couple of High School students earlier in the day in the store and when she found out they were part of their school’s robotics team invited them to our Gadgeteer class and so they joined us tonight. They have never used Visual Studio/C#/Gadgeteer but each managed to get the project working, so good on them, bright kids with a future no doubt. Heck they even personalized the project etc which was even cooler and a testimony that Gadgeteer is so easy to use that they could go from zero to doing their own experimenting within an hour sort of thing. Given how happy their were I expect to see their classmates signing up for a class soon. I also got an invite to the FIRST Robotics Competition for the Western Canada Regional Competition this weekend so I hope to talk to more educators about Gadgeteer and what it can do for them.
Its always fun to hear people as they work with Gadgeteer for the first time as one fellow tonight who was a Netduino user (and an Electrical Engineer) kept muttering ‘this is Freakin’ Easy’ which made me laugh as that is where the ‘FEZ’ from the naming like FEZ Spider came from, so he has seen the Gadgeteer light and is now converted. Gadgeteer constantly blows people away when they get a chance to try it, so I really enjoy doing these classes.
We had a number of folks who were in the store who dropped by to look over my demo projects while the course was ongoing so I suspect some of them will be attending future classes. If I have to schedule more classes I’ll try to promote them a little sooner then a couple of days before they start.
Something that was repeated to me tonight by a couple of attendees and that I heard often from other attendees is why doesn’t Microsoft sell Gadgeteer in the store? Maybe someday they will as Gadgeteer really is killer cool.
Thanks @ stuart_payne for mentioning this class to Rich, I think he really enjoyed it.