This week, we welcome Jeff Del Papa, who offered to give a talk - "Making Maker TV - Backstage at Junkyard Wars", chronicling his experiences with that TV series. (Jeff is the founder of the first American team to appear on the show) The talk runs about 90 minutes, Besides the basics (how, where, was it real) the talk includes showing a never-seen-in-the-US episode, complete with snide comments, and q+a.
Details follow -
The Talk: Making Maker Television; A 90-minute presentation that sneaks lessons in project management into a showing of an episode of reality TV. The NERDS success on Junkyard Wars owed as much to their skill with project management as it did to their skills with a welder, as revealed by the running commentary on what the TV episode did not show.
About the Speaker: Trained as a computer scientist, Jeff is a life-long Maker, and a recreational machinist, building a wide variety of often-unusual machines. Several recent projects involved large catapults, including one that threw an upright piano and others that have won their class in national competitions. Other contraptions include human powered vehicles, like the Buscycle (a 15 passenger human powered “bus”), and Trondholm (an adult-sized recumbent tandem tricycle that has been clocked at over 50 miles per hour.) He recently won the inaugural “Raising the Bar” building competition.
He founded “The NERDS”, the first US team to appear on the engineering competition TV series Junkyard Wars (called Scrapheap Challenge outside the US). The team made it to the final round in 2000, and was invited back in 2006 for a special episode commemorating the British engineer I.K. Brunel. For the competition rounds, the team built a two-person submarine, converted a car to coal fired steam power, and built a fire-fighting boat (each build completed in a single day). For the commemorative episode, they turned a ready-mix cement truck into a giant paddleboat.
See you there!
*Because this is a full-time non-profit, our regular members rarely RSVP to this weekly meeting. Generally, we have 20-30 people show no matter where the RSVPs sit.