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TuesdayDecember 2015

matt beyersdorf

Matt Beyersdorf, our December 2015 Volunteer of the Month is a robotier extraordinaire (a.k.a. robot shop volunteer) who has been holding down a tricky-to-fill Saturday store shift for over a year. He knows our line of Kikkerland wind-up bots better than anyone and quickly helps visitors feel welcomed. His store shifts are full of jokes and engaging conversations with shoppers. Case-in-point: once, after chatting with Matt in the robot shop, a father and son returned to LSRS&R following a visit to Vault of Midnight, and Matt taught the son how to play his newly-purchased Pokemon game (the dad was at a bit of a loss).

Matt also brings hilarity and cheer to volunteer events and workshops. He created one of the all-time most amazing games for a volunteer social event — the game required extensive preparation on his part (rewriting the lyrics to songs to contain puns about places and musical artists) and then, as icing on the already impressively multi-tiered cake, he sang those songs aloud, acapella, in front of a large group of volunteers. This is just a small example of the bravery, creativity, humor, and fun that Matt brings to everything he takes on as a volunteer with students and adults alike.

matt with a real live camelHis recent workshop called Copying Nature: How We Learn from the World Around Us, combined the scientific concept of biological mimicry with an imaginative writing exercise wherein students created their own new products that mimicked a biological adaptation of an animal they studied. Students developed such ingenious products as a synthetic clothing material modeled after whale blubber, a giant squid-shaped robotic submarine, and a winged-dress that is not only fashionable but that can help you fly over slow-moving crowds. Three thousand cheers and three thousand cakes with complexly delicious tiers to Matt for bringing his real-life passions to 826michigan and helping us lead fabulous programs and activities as a result!

Oh yeah, and he also happens to be engaged to another 826 superstar, Lucy Huber, January 2015 Volunteer of the Month. Way to open and close out 2015, you two!

Liberty Street Robot
Supply & Repair
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 818-0255