Thanks to Joe and his Mom we were able to learn a little bit more about Joe and his story.
Hi my name is Joe Hudy. I am 16 years old. I go to Arizona State University’s Herberger Young Scholars Academy. I love to build stuff and go to Maker Faires.
I don’t really know how I got started ‘making’ things – other than being bored at school. Maker Faire and all the people associated with it are my inspiration.
What are some of your favourite things to make?
My favorite thing to make is probably PCB’s. I love routing PCB’s it’s like the best puzzle ever.
How did you come up with the idea of the Marshmallow Cannon and how did you shoot it together with Obama?
I made a smaller air cannon out of a water bottle and a pencil. You shoot things by squeezing the water bottle. So I decided to make a bigger one. I got to meet President Obama and go to the White House Science Faire because of Make and Cognizant.
In your bio, you mention Asperger is your special power, could you please tell us a bit more about that?
Just because you have Autism doesn’t mean you can’t do whatever you want! My mom’s favorite thing to say is ‘Once you let go and let your child be who he/she is intended to be, that’s when all the magic happens.
I’ve made a few kits to help kids get excited about making. The 3x3x3 LED Cube Arduino Shield and the SMD LED Arduino Shield – better known as Joey #1. They can both be found at www.makershed.com or www.microcenter.com.
I really would like to work for Maker Media someday. It would be the best job!
The one main thing is GO TO MAKERFAIRE! it has changed my life. Follow my blog too.