Sunday mentoring session was the best time I've had in a LONG time..... Answered
I had wanted to post this yesterday, and I had it ALL written out but just before I wanted to hit enter, I had to back space to fix a misspelling and the whole browser backed up and wiped it ALL out. *sigh*
Anyways, this past Sunday, after meeting, my wife and I were invited to stay and do some things with the children and the parents of that particular household. This is the family with the Asperger's child of 8 that built the Scorpion model/puzzle with me (see instructable for details on that build).
I had sooo much planned, but we didn't get to half of it. Which is ok, more to do another day. I fixed her robot (last time the ground wire had broken off the motor, this time it was the red wire) by soldering the loose wire back on. The battery compartment was broken too, so the one end of the "box" that joined the positive and negative terminals of the two batteries, was completely off.
Thankfully, I had brought my hot glue gun. A more permanant fix would need to be done later if this didn't hold.
Anyway, I demonstrated the Magus effect to her, first showing her a ball rolling off a flat piece of cardboard, then asked her what she expected the paper tube to do when I rolled IT off the plane. She wasn't sure but after a bit of prodding she said it would act like the ball, only slower. When she saw the tube roll of and reverse direction she had to see it again (to make sure I hadn't done something TO the tube :-) THEN she just HAD to show the rest of the family :-)
The hardest part was explaing the effect to an 8 year old. She is smart, but not very advanced language-wise. So I had to keep it fairly simple.
STILL the experience was great. When I made a "voice box" out of a drinking straw and a balloon, though, she was tickled pink. She just HAD to have one, despite the great difficulty in operating it.
I promised to think more on how to make it easier to use by the next session. All in all, my head was spinning, and I was giddy all the way through Monday from the encounter. I do think I missed my calling in life....