So today I took my students on a field trip to Pixologic, the software company that makes the program (ZBrush) that the class is based upon. We arrived there 10 and were greeted by 3 of the folks that make magic over there. One of those people was the CEO Jaime , along with Paul who I have been working with since the class was developed and Louie. We were lead into their office conference room with a spread of crescents and drinks. They started by introducing themselves and telling the students about what there vision is for the software and then threw it to them to find out about their experiences, what they liked, and what things they felt could help them use the software better. First step is that they are going to figure out a way to integrate speech when scrolling over menu items so the visually impaired can tell what they are using. They are going to toy around with some settings and see if it is something they can add directly in or not. After a little more discussion we showed them the students work, and they were so excited to see what they have all been creating. From there Paul did some demonstration of some of the tools we will be looking at in future classes which was really fun for them.
Now here is where things got interesting. Jaime asked the students if they spent much time working in the software between classes. The students told them zero time, because they don’t have copies of the software at home and they can’t get to the computers for Zbrush work any other time during the week. That is when Jaime said, “well we can take care of that”. Each of the students will be given their own license to work with at home. Basically that means the students will be saving 700 dollars and have unlimited access to create!!! I have known how hospitable and generous they are for a long time now, but this amazed me. The students are are so blessed with being able to work with this company, and I am so blessed to be able to work with both Pixologic AND Braille Institute. There are a lot of things coming in the future for all parties involved, and I can’t wait to hit it head on.
So we are very close to welcoming our Mayby to the world and our days are just getting more and more full. It seems like there is no rest!!! I just can’t wait for the kiddo to get here so we can take a break!
I know what you all are thinking. Break? That’s when things are just getting started. But, That’s not the kind of break I’m talking about. I’m talking about just living. Staying home and focusing on the little one. Right now our attention is being split every which way on things to prepare and take care of before Mayby is born. It will be nice to just actually have a center.
I can’t wait to start building the coolest nerd in the world!!! Yay Mayby :D