"Sharing What We Have Learned With New Generations"
Giving Back To The Community
Our support of the Technology Learning Center “TLC” is one way Protech uses its knowledge of electronics to give back to the community. Companies like ours have been presenting educational programs in schools for years. As a
kid growing up in northeastern Ohio, I recall how businesses, large and small, regularly visited our school. The most memorable were the fascinating programs of AT&T’s Bell Labs and NASA. It is my hope that by including the “Giving
Back” page on our site, we might encourage more programs like these and spawn new partnerships between business and education.
In our “Giving Back” section, my wife and I get to share our love of kids and our passion for teaching them science and technology. The Technology Learning Center was created in 1995 just for that
purpose. Since then, we have been sharing our “Mr. Wizard / Bill Nye the Science Guy” like program with children in schools and youth groups across America.
In addition to the work we do in schools, we have built a classroom / lab in our home where we host small groups whenever we can. We also operate a neighborhood radio station called KIDS-FM and an amateur radio station
K1TLC. I would like to share some photos and a few of the many notes we received over the years.
I have included a news article my sister recently found of me in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The all but forgotten article chronicles how Seymour, a robot I built for a 9th grade science project, interacted with the neighbor’s dog.
Having read the article, it appears as though I may have invented the “original” Clapper.
We depend on electronics for just about everything we do, yet so few of us understand the basics of how everything around us works. Ultimately, we would like to see basic electronics and technology become a bigger part of a middle school
curriculum. It is our hope that one day we might be able to work with more kids and in more places than we ever could do by ourselves. If you would like to know more, or have ideas on how we might expand this program, please write to me
Shelly and I try and visit a school and present our program whenever we are in the community for business. We would enjoy putting on our program for your school as well. Because of the popularity of our presentations, it is important to
make the necessary arrangements well in advance. Please have your teacher or school administrator contact us directly for more information. We will gladly provide a lesson guide and student workbook for their consideration.
One never knows if the kid seated in the back row with the glasses might be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.
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