January went out with a bang, zap and thunderclap here at Tesla Coloring Book! Thanks to connecting with the Tesla Science Foundation and other Tesla educators, sparks have been flying in the past 10 days. Follow along this he Tesla team adventure and learn about all the Teslactivation going on in Pennsylvania!
It started on January 23rd when filmmaker Janja Glogovac here came to shoot part of her new documentary “Teslafy” out of Slovenia. She has been filming this amazing Tesla biopic for the past few years, traveling to all the places Tesla lived and worked to interview folks who knew or were influenced by Nikola. After shooting in icy Jonas blizzard in Niagara falls, Janja bused down to Pittsburgh and filmed me with my Tesla coloring book art to tell the story behind the book. I shared the my motivations and inspirations behind choosing Tesla for a subject, as someone who was not only a great inventor, but a global benefactor and dreamer who truly cared about the world and could see into the future. I also talked a bit about the community that went into creating the coloring book on Kickstarter.
We also caught some exciting musical Tesla coil action over at the Pittsburgh Tesla High Voltage Club over at Hack Pittsburgh. You can see fellow Tesla head and electrical engineer Geno Soroka modeling my coloring book t-shirt as he sends lightning to a tiny Nikola’s foil capped head! (a charged fashion statement?) Geno also made this awesome Tesla vs. Edison chess set below, complete with pigeons and busts of Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse on their Hack Pittsburgh 3D printer.
Other Pittsburgh Tesla club members demonstrated their awesome Tesla related projects such as the induction motor made from recycled clock parts and trash by CMU physics professor Luc Berger, and engineering student Joachim’s solid state Tesla Coil that powered tube lights wirelessly with radio waves! We were all honored to be filmed for the documentary and look forward to its release!
The adventures continued when on Thursday when I took off with with Jenny Jean of the Tesla Team to Philadelphia! We were invited by Nikola Lonchar of Tesla Science Foundation to share the Nikola Tesla coloring book and connect with more amazing Tesla enthusiasts and experts in schools, museums and arts and technology industry! Despite some delays we had a very good omen send off with as many 3’s as possible on the odometer (Tesla’s favorite number). :)))
My friends and Tesla coloring book supporters the Wings graciously put us up for three nights in their top floor studio, where we were treated to much of Roger’s glorious sculpture. Then Friday I was invited to present my coloring book at Tacony Academy Charter School in Philadelphia.
This incredible school’s charter is founded on invention and problem solving and is even developing a Tesla inspired curriculum! Ashley Redfearn is the CEO and principal of Tacony Academy elementary school hosting grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. She introduced us to Brian Yetzer of Yetzer studios who has presented his amazing augmented Tesla Art posters to the school, and gave me the background on the school and teacher’s needs. I was really impressed with their respect for students and designing empowering curriculum. This was my first time giving an official presentation for the ‘The Man of Tomorrow’ in a school. I was grateful for the opportunity to present my Tesla coloring book to elementary teachers of different grades and classes & bring the story of Nikola Tesla to the children in a way that they can get creative with coloring. The teachers seemed to be inspired by the personal revealing nature of my artwork in the book, showing his humanity and struggles as well as triumphs in the inventive side of Tesla.
Brian and Ashley are also board members of the Tesla Science Foundation, who with President Nikola Lonchar are largely responsible for introducing the life and work of Nikola Tesla to Tacony. It was great to meet Nikola in person, and filmmaker Janja was also there to capture the magic of a school who teaches innovation through the example of Tesla!
Perhaps the most impressive of all practices in this remarkable school is the ‘inventors pledge’ the students take every morning after the pledge of allegiance~
“Last night, I was a dreamer. Today, I am an inventor. If I can dream it, I can imagine it. If I can imagine it, I can create it. By caring for each other and working together, we make our world and our community an exceptional place to be!”
The next day we visited the famous Franklin Institute, a massive science and art museum with an electricity room featuring a huge dance floor powered Tesla coil and bronze bust donated by the Tesla Science foundation. Unfortunately the coil was not in operation, but there were plenty of other cool artifacts and even a house sized human heart!
I was there to check out their Tesla collection and meet with the museum store manager to show them my Tesla Coloring book. Michael Burke of youth programs was kind enough to show us around and introduce everyone. They seemed impressed with the high quality of the coloring book and if all goes well it could get into all the science museums stores around the country!
It is my dream to spread Tesla’s inspiring legacy far and wide via the magic of this all-ages educational coloring book, lighting up the hearts and minds of creative Earth people around the globe.
I truly hope that these schools and museums will take in ‘Man of Tomorrow’ to supplement their art and science and invention education products and programs in movies, schools, museums. After all, the books are only as good as the people they reach, and will not be able to do their great work just sitting in boxes awaiting new homes!
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Thank you all and keep sharing the Tesla light!