Ron is an expert UAV pilot and has high school kids doing government sponsored environmental inventorying. One project they are working on involves searching Alaska coastlines with UAVs trying to find (possibly radioactive) debris from the Japan Tsunami that has washed up on the shore. In a conference in Italy, a different team of 4 high school students won a NASA sponsored event competing against college teams. Their earthquake detection system was an incredible 'maker-like' project.
The Maker movement is a grassroots effort to democratize technology and innovation: to transform consumers into people who create, produce and, well, Make things. Makers at Amherst Media, a town-gown collaborative, is an effort to provide a physical space where a community of people with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) can meet up, work on projects, and learn through “Doing It Yourself” or “Doing It Together.” It is also a place where Makers of all ages can come together and help and learn from one another.