Our special outreach events are our highest profile, and probably what people will see when they first learn about the Lift and Shift Foundation. They are hands-on activities constructing and using devices. Planing and execution are usually led personally by electrical engineer and Army veteran Tom Smoot, our Chief Executive. His personal involvement allows for meaningful and motivating engagement with veterans and service members by sharing his own story of recovery.
Devices can range from desktop-sized CNC milling machines and micro 3D printers, to programmable microcontrollers, capable of executing a wide array of operations. This variety allows for a wider view of the different technological avenues of interest; for example the hardware, the software, or even the material and its interaction with the machine. We feel it's also ideal to develop an environment where the participants can use these devices in order to create something personalized they can leave with, whether engraving a bracelet or printing a keychain from a 3D model.
Engineers can be creative though. Combine that with Tom's creativity in engaging the public, and we're confident the result is an entertaining outing. The details of these events won't be the same old cookie-cutter plan either. We like to tailor to the audience and setting