I volunteered for a TechGYRLS event at the YWCA this weekend and learned about a very cool new non-profit in Green Bay. The idea behind Proto is to encourage kids (or anybody, really) to develop an interest in invention/engineering by creating new things from old things. The Proto people provide old toys, common-place “junk,” and power tools* to help participants design and build their own unique toy (a prototype).
*Only the Proto people are actually allowed to use the power tools, but they do explain how each tool works.
The kids had plenty of fun not only building new things, but also dismantling old items. I learned a lot as well–like what the inside of a football looks like. I also discovered that someone has invented a handheld 3D printer and it’s pretty amazing! I think Proto has a lot of potential and I’m excited to see and participate in more of its programs in the future!