Post- Apprenticeship Blog

My name is Kelvin Yu and during the summer of 2014 I worked alongside my fellow Mouse Corps. students at gadgeITERATION. There we were able to hone our skills in engineering, circuitry, the iteration process and administrating workshops with others. Most of this would not have been possible without the mentorship of Louisa Campbell, Rachel and the student mentors. During the first few days of the apprenticeship Louisa seemed to know that some of us weren’t so comfortable with speaking publicly or to others, so she made sure that we became comfortable at our own speed instead of forcing us, which led to great partner collaborations on designs and everyone pitching in to help out with the gadgeITERATION camps. There was also Rachel (apologies because I don’t remember her last name), another mentor who was  the highly energetic one who got everyone motivated when we were down or tired out. From these two I learned how to deal with the younger kids, properly lead the workshops and engineering skills that I will carry with me to the future.

When I first started my apprenticeship I was scared and nervous because I was in a new environment with new people (except the guys from Mouse) and I didn’t want to look like an idiot, so I kept my hand down and just listened. But, I soon learned that these guys weren’t so different from me in the aspect of being there to have fun and learn new things, because of that I was able to join in and share my ideas as well. Within a few days, I was already out of my shell and learned to just have fun while still focusing on the task at hand.  For example, on the second or third day of my first week, my partner, Kaylah Mack and I had to build an invention of the future, and what we came up with was the I-Futon. We were really able to open up our imagination and have fun with it, so we came up with things that it could do such as projecting applications all around the bed (even hovering over) so that you could sit up and use multiple applications or even lay down and watched whatever you wanted to. (I forgot to mention it but it also has a touch screen sort of application to it so you could basically use any part of your body to click on the projections.)

During the second and third week we were at Brooklyn College Arts Lab (BCAL) where we hosted gadgeITERATION workshops for middle and high schoolers. Our task was to lead the workshop and mentor/aid the kids in creating their own inventions while incorporating the NoiseMaker 2.0. Throughout each day of the camp we would lead them in group activities such as Icebreakers, teaching them about circuitry and group challenges. I’m not the biggest fan of working with younger kids but with the gadgeITERATION workshops it definitely changed my view on them because they are far smarter than I would have imagined and some of the kids I worked with seemed genuinely interested in learning and working with technology, which goes to show that the future isn’t hopeless after all. By the end of the gadgeITERATION apprenticeship I felt much more confident in my teaching, leading and building skills as well as adapting to new places quickly.

During the beginning of the apprenticeship we worked on creating our own designs based on a certain topic such as futuristic invention or something that you would use in space. The first thing that I worked on was the I-Futon as i stated before and for the invention in space, Abraham and I created a sort of claw that would prevent something like what happened to Sandra Bullock in Gravity from happening. At the gadgeITERATION workshops I was able to work with the kids to create an Iron Man like repulsor, mutant singing moose/bear hybrid, a boxcar sort of thing and a light up refrigerator that plays music when it’s opened.

From this apprenticeship I was able to gain more knowledge on the design process behind an invention, circuitry and just being able to come out of my metaphoric shell quicker and enjoy or make the best of what I was doing. Also, just by working with the kids I learned that they aren’t so different from the rest of us and that they are probably nervous about being in a new environment, so the best thing to do in that situation is to get them enthusiastic about the topic at hand and get the motivated to work with others to create something awesome.

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        My name is Kaylah Mack and I was working the program Gadgiteration which was ran by Louisa Campbell. When I first started the program i was a little wary. This was because I was working with a few people I didn’t know also I was a little worried that i would have to be a super smart genius to be in the program. At the end of the program I was thinking to myself i’m going to miss these guys, I also felt a little accomplished because I learned something new.

       During Gadgiteration we made many projects. We used a device called the noisemaker to make a circuit. We also made this things called moodboards which is an inspiration on to what your circuit was going to look like or pretty much any idea you had color, size, etc. We also did like these creative challenges where you got this scenario are some supply and we built what we wanted. We also made stuff animal circuits.So many project I actually can’t remember them all, but they were really fun.

      While at Gadgiteration I learn about team work, Such as how communication is what makes a team work best together and things of that sort. I also learned why it is good to project your voice when talking to others. I really awesome mentors, which were Rachel, Grace, and Martia.( sorry if i left anyone out). I learned from rachel how projecting and talking charge when it is need is not a bad thing. I learned from grace how work is can sometimes be a pain but have fun. I learned from Martia if you think something is hard don’t give just try to approach it from different angles.Some of them may not have told me this directly but watching them over the course of three weeks that is what I learned from them, Everyone at Gadgiteration was so awesome thank you for the experience guys

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My name is Eugene Dorokin and I’ve spent the past few weeks teaching and administrating activities pertaining to technology, circuitry, design, and engineering.  My internship at gadgiteration was certainly a new experience as i’d never had first hand experience at relaying knowledge to a group of people. We started off by getting to know each other by doing the challenges that we would be administrating the following weeks. This was all led by Louisa Campbell, Rachel, Rita, Grace, and I’m sorry if I forgot anyone.

First starting I wasn’t certain what to exactly expect; I didn’t know how we’d begin. We were given a booklet to record anything that we would do during the internship and I found the book to be very useful (I still use it but now more for reminders and lists). We first got into small groups to begin construction on anything which we thought might a product in the future, with inspiration based on whatever we could find in a magazine. Me and my partner Flore (sorry if I misspelled your name!) set out to construct a ball which would move itself through a mechanism on the inside which would extend causing the sphere to shift its weight to the extended side then retract while the energy had already transferred into momentum spinning the ball in that direction. While we weren’t able to realistically construct a working model, we made schematics and a rough prototype which depicted how it could work. We went through many different activities to get a good grasp on what we would be teaching.

Our second week was at the Brooklyn College Art Lab (BCAL), and this was where we began the administrating part of the internship. We were now taking the roles that Louisa and Rachel essentially had last week, and they were there to just generally instruct us on what to do. I spent most of the first week with different groups of middle school students guiding them in how to build whatever they wanted. Two particular creations I was particularly proud of were a fully functioning shield, and a bow and arrow that could fire small arrow-like projectiles far. The noise makers were fun to integrate into the creations (a device which would create a sound when its circuit was completed), and that often went well with all of the creations. The end of the week took place at the office where we all discussed and planned out the next week.

Our final week took place a bit differently since we now knew what did and did not work for ourselves. This time each day was led by the group who planned out the days activities. I spent most of this week helping generally everyone as there were less people and therefore not a need for everyone to be engaged with a group. I also was for the most part in charge of playing music while everyone was in the middle of group work. What I learned from this experience is that the best way to teach something is to get your audience interested in the topic at hand. I also made a large effort to always remain calm no matter what happened to keep the ambiance cool.

Thanks everyone on the Gadgiteration team!

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Apprenticeship Blog Post!

Please tell us about your apprenticeship in 2-3 paragraphs!

Be sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Your Apprenticeship host
  • How did you feel when you started your apprenticeship? 
  • How did you feel by the end of your apprenticeship?
  • What kind of projects were you working on?
  • Tell us about what you learned from your apprenticeship
  • Tell us about what your mentor and what you gained from them
  • Post any photos if you took any! 


Closing Chapter: WNET: An End and a Beginning

I never wrote the beginning of this experience and frankly it is impractical to do so now. In all honesty I should have documented the first day and each week accordingly but one thing I have learned is that life never gives you any breaks, especially when you don’t take care to accommodate breaks. The result is as you see: an impeccable end without the nervous introduction that started it all. Nevertheless it will criminal to not document this particular ending.

I was nervous- simply put. Yes I had been in and out of internships and externships throughout my high school career. But my only other experience in a corporate setting was almost two years ago at Citigroup. There were many questions that circulated my mind but one thing was clear: I did not want this to be like Citigroup, where I conversed little and walked about as if I didn’t belong. I knew what was needed for me to make sure I became involved this time, but knowing what is needed is different from knowing how it is done. For that I must thank the entire staff of WNET because each individual made me feel welcomed and were eager to pass on knowledge of their technical skills and experiences, although you could tell by their tone of voice they were far more happy to pass on their knowledge of “Life”.

The ultimate result was an experience that not only exposed me to the world of post production, but opened my eyes to the value of, as my mentor Jermaine Pinnock stresses, keeping everybody happy “because happy people work harder”. And it’s true: the post production/media services/encoding team is akin to a family. Having been there for three weeks I have seen the inevitable disagreements, awkward atmospheres, and rising tensions that are dissipated and absolved almost miraculously.  The truth, however, I believe is the bond between these teammates and their willingness to confront, communicate, and understand each other. True, I learned how to capture video, some basics of Final Cut Pro, how to write up work orders,  the process of archiving and restoring, and the function of the department as a whole, but more than that the values that I obtained from this experience are by far the most important lesson I have learned.

Today, my last day, truly brought sweat to my eyes (because men don’t cry, we sweat from our eyes- joking but I did cry inside). The day before, Jermaine had promised to take me to lunch- “tomorrow, I’ll treat you to lunch at 1, maybe pizza” and of course I got excited: first of all its free food! (free for me) but at the same time, I was glad to have lunch with my mentor. At 1 I looked for Jermaine and found him standing at the exit. Instead of waiting for me, he walked towards me and into the conference room that I saw Liz packed with pizza and cake an hour ago (She shooed me away but I thought it was for some meeting). Thats when it clicked. How could I forget that these people love these types of surprises?! Waiting inside was the crew with a small tote bag Jermaine “liberated” from the 14th Floor and inside was an envelope with what I guessed was a farewell card. (I remembered being a part of this for Myra’s Birthday during my first week). Lo and behold! Kind words and sentences in the form of a gift card: a sweet gesture that practically cracked the hardened soul BUT! this group is full of surprises because an extra $50 amazon gift card for books?! Thats too thoughtful! Yup, I loved my time here. Yup, These guys are great. Yup, I’ll miss these youthful adults.



And with this, I have also fulfilled MOUSE’s work selfie requirement.


Apprentiship Post 3?

So umm lately work has been really hectic. My co-worker Sabrina is on vacation in Italy, my co-worker Craig is in vacation in D.R and Tim is supervising a branch in Florida. As a result we are extremely short staffed right now. Everyone is on edge and beyond stressed out right now. To top it off, they just opened up a new branch which goes live today TT^TT. Due to this extremely endearing occurrence that was PERFECTLY timed, I have a ton of paperwork I need to put into the system for this branch. *Sigh* today’s going to be an extremely long day……

PS: List of things I have Learned~

- What an Affidavit of Domicile is

- Opening another branch takes a lot of patience and effort

- Questionnaires ( Entity and Individual) are primarily used for DVP accounts

- CIPs or Certification of Investment Powers are used for corps, LLCs, and I think trusts, but not used for individual, or ira accts.

That’s it for now….I think…..


Apprenticeship Blog Post 2 ish by AMANDA

So I kinda missed last weeks blog post but as of last week, I learned a few things. I learned about different accounts and the paperwork needed for each. If you see a prime brokerage agreement within the paperwork for a certain account, you know that the account is a DVP account. I learned that there are many different retirement accounts and that even though they are similar, they are most definitely different. An IRA is different than a SEP IRA or a ROTH IRA even though they are all retirement accounts. I learned that dealing with wills and the money of the deceased in regards to their account is a lot more complicated than I initially thought it would be and requires a lot of paperwork and communication with clients. WELL ~ that’s it basically….FOR NOW…. DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNN