Yes, I missed the hackathon, but the KSC event was hugely successful. It
was hard to equal walking into to a fire breathing pony and 30ft tall
balloon, but LVL1 did it again this year. LVL1 and UofL USLI rocketry team
totally killed it. For the second year in a row, LVL1 and its associated
projects upstaged all corporate partner events. On Friday, there were 800
kids on field trips but Lexmark was begging for traffic. All of them were
over with the Rocketeers makin' rockets. On Saturday, we had 1100 people.
Kids loved "Steve" the pimpin' powerwheels racer and adults talked a lot
about the 3D scanner and printers, but lots of people had their own
favorites. I even met one guy who was new to LVL1, went to the hackathon,
then was so impressed he came down to KSC to see what LVL1 was doing.
KSC's previous one-day melon destruction record was 6. On Saturday, 50
melons were destroyed by 50 kids using only their not-completely-developed
brains. It generated lots of media requests and ranks as the single biggest
mess I've ever seen made at the science center. It also marks the second
year in a row LVL1 projects have abused the poor Foucault pendulum. Last
year was the WhiteStar deflation whacking the wire, this year was melon
chunks blasting into the pegs. Should be a goal for next year: disturb the
The big thing for science museums right now seems to be the whole maker
thing. When my bosses go to conferences, they always come back and tell me
stories about how people asked them about LVL1.
So great job and big thanks to everyone! And apologies for any bureaucratic
or marketing irritations.