Shut down the Dad of the Year Awards. MAKE Magazine‘s Jeff Highsmith just walked away with it.
Highsmith set out to build his son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft, but he went far and above the call of duty. His video discusses the project in detail, but here’s Highsmith in his own words:
“It has a control panel full of interesting displays and whiz-bang space sounds. A joystick controls lights and sounds for the engine and thrusters. The payload bay has a motorized hatch and contains a robot arm that can be remotely operated over video feed to deploy payloads like toy satellites. Headsets provide an audio link between the spacecraft and Mission Control in the other room, so my sons can practice collaborating on their space missions.”
Here’s Highsmith’s full writeup. It is both inspiring and humbling.