Steve Putz -- see also: Friends
Community, Recreation and Hobbies
teach LEGO Robotics classes full time. See www.RoboticsLearrning.com.
I have coached kids for the FIRST
LEGO League Robot Competition, where teams build robots using the LEGO
Mindstorms robotics set. Our FLL teams
have won various awards. I have directed the NCaFLL
State FLL tournaments. LEGO has an official
web site, and there are also excellent unofficial sites (LUGNET,
Many years ago my daughter Jennifer and I created some interesting LEGO
models (no longer on the web). My neice and nephew and I created
a motorized ferris wheel when they were
four. See some other photos of
my LEGO constructions and projects
created for my robotics classes. I also teach a Java
programming class for kids.
Digital Video and Animation
I occasionally create and edit videos, e.g. documenting LEGO robotics classes
and competitions. Some of my early videos are described
here. I also teach a LEGO
Animation class and produce DVDs from the student projects.
I spent years training in Aikido, a non-violent martial art that embodies
the principles of nonresistance and harmony of mind, body, and spirit.
The photo was taken at my 1st kyu brown belt exam in October 2001 (I'm
the one on my feet). I hope to start training again some day and
advance to the next rank (black belt).
In February 1999, I attended an awesome workshop on "Play", led by Fred
Donaldson. From countless hours spent playing with children and animals,
Fred has learned to access and share a space of love, belonging and acceptance
that resonates strongly with my inner values and my Aikido practice.
This may sound corny, but I have a sense that playing with Fred and the
others in the workshop has altered my relationship to others and my life.
Any playmates out there? Fred has a 1993 book (recently republished)
called Playing by Heart: The Vision and Practice of Belonging.
I skied as a kid and teenager (remember wood skies, cable bindings,
safety straps and leather boots?), but stopped for 10 years until 1996,
with I started again with my daughters Sarah
(skier) and Jennifer (snowboarder). We have vacationed at Bear
Valley, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Heavenley, Sierra at Tahoe. We like
similar speed and terrain, including an occasional "double
black diamond slope" (when the conditions are forgiving). However,
I have not been skiing now for serveral years.
I enjoy music most when I am making it together with others. I like traditional
and contemporary folk music, and I grew up with the wonderful music of
Paul and Mary. I have also enjoyed singing with concert choral groups
in the past, and have also performed with the Foothill College Gospel Choir.
I have not
The Digital Tradition is a searchable
collection of about 9000 folk songs. This site is not affiliated with me
or Xerox, although I created the original (now closed) Digital Tradition
web server at Xerox PARC.
I enjoy sailing, especially larger crusising yachts. I used to own a MacGregor
21' sloop which I sailed on San Francisco Bay. My favorite sailing
trips have been as skipper on vacations in the U.S. and British
Virgin Islands, most recently in July 1998.
I started SCUBA diving in 1984, but stopped several years ago. On
my family's 1998 vacation in the BVI, we all
went on several dives.
Once upon a time, I built model railroads in N-scale (1:160). Maybe I'll
get my trains out of storage in the garage when my grandsons are a bit