Super AgENT

Ever want to be an agent for change, or maybe an agent for fun? How about an AgENT instead? I had the opportunity to join my friend Alexi, his colleagues and students and two other speakers for an AgENT evening at Lethbridge College a couple of weeks ago.  

First of all this is NOT the LCC (Lethbridge Community College) you may have heard about from your parents or grandparents. This is THE place to be for some super COOL goings on for ag tech and other learning. From what I got to see on my short tour I am so impressed, and those students and instructors have a great facility to be teaching and learning in. Wow! 

Okay who is AgENT? Click the link for more but here is a snapshot.  AgENT, this program experiential learning opportunities to build foundation skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. 76 registered students, it started in September 2018 and April 2019 and March 2020 are when events usually take place. as well as students’ other innovators work with the students as well, the range is very diverse from advocacy to indoor ag and more.

The evening event I was honoured to be a guest at also had a couple of super smart speakers talking about BlockChain and AI (artificial intelligence). We geeked out and learned so much from them. I had no idea about how it all worked but now I am super curious and will be doing some more of my own learning. Thanks Jefferson Gardner  and Dr. Muhammed Khan of InBridge Inc. for your great presentations! 

AgENT has some really cool things going on like a collaborative event between McGill University, Dalhousie University and Lethbridge College, with support from Farm Credit Canada (FCC), teams are formed to take on certain challenges, like a hackathon! This event is very Fascinating, and if you are a college student or a innovation leader or representative of a company, I suggest checking out Agent yourself!

Oh and if you were wondering, I talked about the Ag Tech Steam project, how sometimes when you are doing innovative things you have to deal with breakdowns and setbacks and how to stay positive. I really enjoyed the questions, and the patience when my Mini DOT 2.0 decided not to work properly (we did troubleshoot the issue back at home and she is running good now!)  I also got to check out the Lego they have at AgENT and hope to come back and do some building with the crew there. What should we make? Hmmmm….

What’s going on?

We had such a GREAT time at Ag Smart Olds – made some awesome connections, saw old friends and made new ones. And of course saw DOT. And shared about Mini DOT 2.0 and Ag Tech Steam.

It is almost back to school for most of my friends, and we are looking at this last week of ‘summer’ as a way to get ready and to squeeze in as much summer as we can!

If you are wondering about how to get more coding at your school check out Code Mobile ! They will come right to your school and teach all your grades about the amazing fun of tech and coding. How cool is that? Then you can start your own Code Club with Kids Code…and enter to win some MicroBits! They are a lot of fun to code with. We had them at our school and it was AWESOME!

What’s new with Ag Tech Steam? We are working on building some content packs for fall – so this is your chance to tell us which ones you’d like to see first! Send your ideas to us in the comments, or share on social (TW, IG and FB)

Intelligent Systems & Robotics

What would be worth skipping school for? An Intelligent Systems and Robotics Seminar! (put on by the amazing folks at ACAMP (Advanced Technology Development Group). Maybe not your typical ‘Mom approved’ skip worthy event but in our house it most definitely was!

Hey guys, back at it again! Getting ready for the end of the school year but I just wanted to tell you guys about my Experience at the ACAMP Technology and AI Seminar.

It was REALLY good, I got to meet some amazing people sharing about some amazing things (Autonomous security ATV! For real!) and check-in with old friends.

The ideas that were shared at the seminar were on point and perfectly tailored to today’s problems and work that was already being done was astounding. Somethings I was sure were ‘Sci Fi’ are IRL (in real life).

I just wanted a chance to thank Owen Kinch of DOT for his great presentation. I loved seeing the more technical presentation about her, she really is amazing. Got me thinking so much about sensors and how she will ‘learn’. It was impressive to see how many people came up to ask about #agtech and #agriculture after. DOT has some new fans I think! ❤

Also it was great meeting Steve and Moji – looking forward to learning from you guys. I appreciate your time to talk with me, and to follow up with the emails too.

It was great meeting everyone, and the people there were all so friendly and open to questions. I have tons of notes and some neat ideas.

The only complaint i had was the fact that there was not enough SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN, but seriously the lunch was amazing and so were the people, Thanks to ACAMP for doing the event!

Hello DOT! Still lovely as ever! @SeeDotRun
Check out what else is going on at ACAMP! They are on Twitter! https://twitter.com/acampalberta

Friday STEAM

Working on a day off from school on the fun stuff! STEAM anyone?

Long long weekend! Our farm guys, my Dad included, are doing their best to get #plant19 done, and acres in before it rains.

Me – I’ve been doing some fun STEAM things. Like working on my Mini DOT 2.0 which will make her debut this summer at #AgInMotion and will be at other shows as well. Check out the real DOT at https://seedotrun.com/

My Mini DOT 2.0 will be bigger and be more like the actual DOT in how she works and looks. Working with LEGO Technics and Mindstorms EV3 is a fun challenge!! Some days more challenge than fun but mostly fun.

If you want to see Mini DOT 1.0 ? Check here: https://www.todayville.com/mind-blowing-driverless-farm-implements-featured-by-know-ideas-media/

So we are working on the next version, she is bigger, badder and cooler. Oh and so is the real DOT. She is super cool!

What STEAM things do you like to do on a day off? Code, build, create or dream of the next project? I would love to see and hear about your projects!