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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Letter From Student Based on My Previous Post

Letter From Student Based on My Previous Post

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" We asked our Technology Education teacher for help before we came in contact with you, and he said he does not have the time to devote for outside school projects. SO is a program run by parent volunteers and they have been a great help with knowledge events like Anatomy and Disease Detectives etc. in guiding us to the right resources. But building events like 'MagLev' and 'E-Wright' are absolutely new for us. Students doing 'Bottle Rockets' and 'Towers' are in a better shape as there is a lot of material available from previous competitions. The aero-modeler hobbyist at Hobby Hangar said he could help us with the RC plane models that were hanging in the shop but knew nothing about balsa, tissue and capacitors. So we are truly blessed to have found you! Even if our plane does not fly as expected, we did learn a lot in this process. We had no idea what airfoil and dihedral and many other terms meant just 3 weeks back! We just want to give it our best shot. You have been very patient and helpful and we would not be here without your constant guidance and encouragement. Thank you."

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
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Bill,

Great job! I think that you are an awesome teacher/tutor. I love how the students said, "Even if our plane does not fly as expected, we did learn a lot in this process." You touched their lives. =)

Bill Kuhl's picture

Thank you Hubert for your comments. Somethings are rather difficult to accomplish online but if people on the other end are patient as well, much can be done. I have created diagrams with Paint program, scanned rib templates, and created short videos. In the future I should really try to utilize my webcam somehow.

I wish more people in the model aviation hobby would volunteer their time and talents also. Many put so much effort in winning contest where I get way more satisfaction helping young people.
Bill Kuhl

Bill Kuhl's picture

You have been helping our daughter for 'Wright Stuff' event and thanks to you, she did very well at the National Science Olympiad 2011, placing 6th out of 61 State teams from all over USA!

As she might have shared with you, we had no idea about building planes, let alone flying them. With your guidance and encouragement, we saw her confidence and enthusiasm soaring high and she became more and more determined to reach her goal- a 40 second flight. However, with each model she built and took your advise, she kept improving the model bit by bit, so last Sunday we saw a phenomenal flight of over 90 seconds- some in lieu to the air currents, as you explained to her. But losing the plane did not dishearten her. She got back to work right away and came up with 2 near perfect models and an extra set of wings, and tail. We were able to get the tiny switches on the Thursday from DC. and that allowed her to use a penny weight on the plane. She succeeded in getting the school gym time slot for flight practice and trimming on Thursday night. Friday morning she left at 6:00am!

Every single piece of advise you gave, went with her to Wisconsin in her notebook. You were the first person she wanted to share the flight time with- after practice flights and final flights! In short, Mr. Kuhl, you inspired and motivated a child to reach for the impossible from Winona and planted a passion that will benefit her for a lifetime!

We are very grateful to you for guiding her, and appreciate everything you did for her. Thank you very much!

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