Kid’s Tech Panel: 5 Years Later

Five years ago, I spoke on the Kid’s Tech Panel at the Geekwire Summit and shared my 11-year-old thoughts about science, technology, and life in general. Recently, Geekwire interviewed me and other kids from that panel to see what we’re thinking about now. Click here to read the story and watch the interview!

Building another Tiny House

In the fall, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) put out a call for help to build additional Tiny Houses for some new tiny house villages in the Puget Sound Area. Finding partners in construction was understandably difficult due to Covid-19, so we decided to jump in and help. It was a little tricky this time around compared to the Tiny House we built two years earlier, because this was during the school year, while last time we built it in the summer while we had a lot more time. Plus, when friends came over to help this time, we all had to wear masks and follow Covid protocol. But, we were also a lot smaller back then, and hadn’t handled tools as much, so this time we were able to build it quicker.

Homelessness still continues to be a difficult issue in our region, but hopefully this Tiny House will help somebody transition off the streets into more permanent housing. A number of our friends were able to start building Tiny Houses for LIHI as well, so hopefully we can continue to spread the word and help several people in this difficult time.

Thanks Bear Mountain Boats!

Last year we finished building our cedar strip canoe and took it out on several trips. Well, we had purchased the canoe kit from a company in Ontario, Canada called Bear Mountain Boats, and after watching the videos and reading the definitive guide to wooden canoes, Canoecraft, over and over, it was as if we almost knew Ted Moores and Joan Barrett, the partners who operate Bear Mountain Boats.

Matt Snell, one of the folks from Bear Mountain Boats, reached out and asked us if we could answer some questions about our build, and because it was in the middle of school, we had Dad answer them instead. The result was this fun article on their blog. Thanks BMB!

https://www.bearmountainboats.com/blogs/news/meet-the-yeungs-canoe-building-as-a-family-project

In “Life from Above” Book

Life from Above is the PBS name for the US version of BBC’s Earth from Space. In addition to the four part miniseries, they put together a book that contains all kinds of fascinating images gathered from satellites, the International Space Station, and our little launcher.

We are tickled to be part of the publication, and are looking forward to seeing the segment in Episode One of Life from Above, airing on PBS on October 23 at 10/9c.

Behold Earth as it’s never been seen before. Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand-new perspective, revealing its incredible movements, colors, patterns and just how fast it’s changing.

Life from Above – PBS

https://www.pbs.org/show/life-above/

Watch us on BBC’s Earth from Space

We are so grateful to Barny Revill and Katie Parsons from the BBC for setting up the opportunity for us to launch into the eclipse in 2017. Almost two years in the making, the series Earth from Space tells the stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective, revealing new discoveries, incredible colours and patterns, and just how fast it is changing.

We are thrilled to be a part of this series, and to have our little project captured in such a memorable way. The BBC producers took film from drones, satellites, telescopes, the International Space Station, and our very own Loki Lego Launcher.

Click on the link below to watch the sequence.

BBC Presents: The flight of the Loki Lego Launcher

“With a simple idea, they’ve shown us that the view from space is within the grasp of everyone.”

BBC Earth from Space

Hear us on BBC Earth Podcast

We are very grateful to BBC Earth Podcast for interviewing us via Skype, and including us in their podcast entitled “A Different View.” BBC radio journalist and producer Emily Knight reached out to us and woke up at 5am(!) to interview us at 9pm our time. She had material from the Earth from Space series and put together a really cool segment for the BBC Earth Podcast.

It’s about six minutes long, and it includes bits from our recent interview and from the material captured by the BBC during our solar eclipse launch in 2017. It’s fun to listen to how excited we were during that launch (and how young we sound), and makes us even more excited to see the TV segment when it eventually comes out on PBS!

BBC Earth’s podcast is everything you’d expect – a blend of nature, science and human experience, with worldclass story telling and immersive soundscapes. We’ll also bring you insights and stories from the BBC’s crews as they make some of the most impactful television on the planet.

The BBC Earth Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Acast, Spotify, or you can just go to https://www.bbcearth.com/podcast and scroll down to “A Different View.” Our segment is two stories in and starts around 6:30. But enjoy the whole podcast, it’s really cool!

Thank you Emily, and thank you BBC Earth!

Thank You BBC!

It’s been over a year and a half since the Loki Lego Launcher 3.0, but we have some wonderful news still left to share! During our time in Eastern Wyoming launch our spacecraft into the 2017 solar eclipse, we were being filmed by the BBC as part of a new four-part series called Earth from Space. Now, as the series is approaching release on BBC One next week and later on PBS, we’re able to share information about this show and how we were lucky to be a part of it.

“Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective, revealing new discoveries, incredible colours and patterns, and just how fast it is changing.”

BBC One

We launched the LLL 3.0 working with the Montana Space Grant Consortium in Wyoming, where they were also launching weather balloons into the eclipse. This collaboration was actually set up by the BBC’s Natural History Unit, who had found both our project and the MSGC’s as potential stories and brought us together to learn from each other. This led to us taking part in collecting data for NASA’s microbiology experiment, something we never could’ve imagined would be part of our launchers.

We filmed an interview near our campsite in Wyoming. It’s incredible how much hard work goes into what we see on our screens!

We’re super grateful to the series director Barny Revill and director Katie Parsons for their support of our projects and for creating this unique opportunity for us to learn from the experts. Our segment relating to the eclipse won’t be in the BBC version of the series, but it will appear in the PBS version, renamed “Life from Above”. As as we await the release here in America, the BBC has published a write-up we did that goes into more detail about the launch and what it was like to work as part of a larger team. You can check it out here! Our thanks to everybody working on this series for making such an amazing experience for us, and we look forward to watching this show!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/JKPvLl4bXfNrNbZlRzRZSC/the-loki-lego-launcher