Today there is a new feature on the Conquergood Creative website. I have configured a Learning Centre where students can take educational and instructional courses on automata making. This includes some video courses where students can download templates and actually build automata projects following step by step instructions. I've created this platform because I wish to share my skills and knowledge with the many people who have contacted me in the art of automata making and are looking to build automata themselves.
One way to reach the Learning Centre is from the menu bar of my website. (You will likely have to click on the MORE tab to have the drop down menu to reveal the Learning Centre link.) A second way is to select the large Learning Centre shortcut link image on the lower part of the home page. Upon reaching the Learning Centre you will be asked to sign in and create your own student password, There is no personal or financial information gathered in this process other than your name and email. This will create your own student dashboard which will keep a record of your learning activity for yourself and allow me to communicate with students if required. I promise that this information will never be shared with any 3rd party.
On entering the Learning Centre you will land on a page that shows you all the courses available for you to take. you can review them as many times as you like. For now there is only a short list of selections. I will work to develop more choices over the coming months. Many will be free. Some may have modest fees to cover development and website management costs. Building projects will have higher fees due to the time and effort it takes to development them. Even these project courses will have free previews that let you audit a bit of the content before purchase. The first project building course posted has 12 hours of instructional video and 55 pages of template and assembly drawings! It is not my objective to make a living from my automata work but rather to recover my costs. As you leave the Learning Centre you will be taken back to the Conquergood Creative home page.
This seems to me like a workable opportunity as an alternative to establishing an in person course program. The costs to students including travel, accommodation and fees for destination schooling are beyond the resources of many interested parties. This scenario would also require facilities that I do not currently possess. So I have decided to step into the modern world and try this approach. I will make myself available to coach all students who take on building projects on this platform through email an telephone. If the site develops popularity, the opportunity exists to have project discussion groups, Zoom meetings and other communication mechanisms.
Payment for paid courses will be processed through PayPal. You do not need an account of your own to pay. You can pay directly through the PayPal process with a credit card. Using services like these allows me more time in the shop developing new content rather than administrating finances.
So I invite you to sign in and look around the Learning Centre and take the two free courses that are available today. Tell a few of your friends of this new educational tool. I am hopeful that this platform will become a good methodology for imparting skills and knowledge to interested woodworkers and hobbyists. By giving the opportunity to gain real automata building experience through the video project lessons students can gain confidence and ultimately, hopefully, become designers and builders themselves.
As always, have fun and stay safe! I look forward to your feedback.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.