Richard brings innovative and delightful programming to the library every time we partner with him. Working with Richard is relished by the staff and attendees alike. Each time I’ve been fortunate enough to be present for one of his programs I find myself as drawn in and mesmerized as are the attendees to which he presents. Richard’s passion for every program subject he proposes instills that same thirst for knowledge in all who are lucky enough to attend.
Pauline Noomnam, Teenzone Librarian
Richard was an exuberant presenter, with a comprehensive knowledge of his topic. He had fun facts to share and was very inclusive to all ages in the audience. The program was very entertaining!
Cheryl Homan Wendell, Program & Outreach Librarian
Richard was very professional and great with the kids and their parents. He had kids and parents smiling and laughing during the program. We would love to have him back for another program and can’t wait to see what else he comes up with!
Dominique Burns, Children's Programming Librarian
Richard brought several programs to the library for our Summer Reading Adventure and all were very well received and complimented on by the attendees. Richard is a great storyteller who communicates well with kids and adults and makes complex ideas easy to understand.
Lisa Varra, Programming Specialist
Our mostly senior crowd was delighted and enlightened - they participated, they asked questions, they oohed and ahhed at the beautiful astronomical models, and they said at the end that they wished this was how they had been taught about the Solar System in school. We will absolutely bring Richard back for future programs with our patrons of all ages!
Claire Mattoon - Programming & Outreach
Richard has delivered multiple creative, hands-on programs for our library, and each has been enthusiastically received by students and faculty alike. Richard knows the sweet spot for presentations that are rigorously researched and informative, but also truly entertaining. We now schedule him as a regular part of our programming.
Carol E. Smith, University Librarian
Richard was a delightful addition to our after-school science program. He was able to bring science alive in his Force of Static Electricity class. Students were highly engaged and LOVED the hands-on opportunities his program provided. We can't wait to have him back again!
Kristen Masterson, Gifted & Talented Coordinator
Richard's presentation was lively and engaging, while rooted in complex scientific principles and concepts. His hands on, interactive presentation made the scientific principals accessible to all of the participants regardless of culture, age, gender or skill level. Richard got the students at Angevine excited about Science!
Stephanie Moriarty, Gifted & Talented ADVISER
Richard immediately engaged every one of our students throughout the entire program. The way he related to the students was beyond our expectations and the content of his presentation was extremely interesting to the students and teachers. Richard motivated our students to learn, engage and question science. We loved every minute of it!
Jenny Payne, Gifted & Talented Teacher
Richard is a fabulous presenter! He truly connected and was responsive to all of our students with varying academic and social emotional needs. His visuals were top notch and engaged all of the students, Kindergarten through fifth grade. We will definitely have him back next year!
Jane Smith, Instructional Coach
Richard’s presentation was interactive, informative, and inspiring for our students. The collection of hands-on equipment, coupled with the historical context made for a highly entertaining and engaging experience. I'd recommend this program for all students and educators looking for a hands-on experience with STEAM.
Colin Reynolds, Design & Innovation Specialist
I would recommend the Automata Program to any teacher who has been studying simple machines with their class. It was a great way to tie it all together and give a greater context for why this all matters. Richard (Dr. Conundrum) brought in historical components, artistic and scientific applications, and present-day robotics to create a very engaging and meaningful presentation. The hands-on component at the end made the students work hard to apply all that they'd learned. Thanks Richard!
Kyla Pellouchoud, 3rd-4th Grade Team
STEMpunkEd programs are informational rich programs with engaging props and displays to enthrall children through adults interested in a variety of topics. Richard is a great passionate and knowledgeable presenter who cares about his presentation
Christy Bellis, Teen Librarian
Richard Blake did a wonderful job presenting for our library. His presentation was educational and professional. He held the attention of our younger children and it was clear that they enjoyed interacting with him. I would love to have him back!
Katie Northern, Outreach Programming
Wow! What an amazing experience. You can really tell Richard Blake puts so much thought into his programs. They were approachable to all ages with the perfect amount of education and entertainment. Our whole group got to participate and nobody left disappointed.
Sara Davis, Youth Services Librarian
Children, teens and adults were all captivated from start to finish. Richard includes interesting equipment that enhances the program and he engages the audience with discussion and questions making it an interactive experience. Richard was very professional and reliable and I highly recommend his innovative programming.
Shannon Smith, Teaching Librarian
STEMpunkED has been a fantastic addition to our after-school programming. Richard engages with the participants on their level of understanding and then uses in depth experiential learning to heighten that understanding, leaving everyone feeling like a master of the material. He brings a knowledge base about the subject matter he's teaching, as well as about how individuals learn, to the table. I am looking forward to continuing to work together to engage our library STEAM Club in a more substantial way--thanks to STEMpunkED!
Ashley Brown, Children’s Guide
STEMpunkED provided our library with a showy, engaging, hands-on program that was a great time for everyone involved. The kids in the audience, in particular, were highly entertained but also had the opportunity to learn something in the STEM field. The integration of technology that we don't see every day was something special for customers to experience.
Ivy Moe, Technology Guide
Richard brought a fun and engaging look at static electricity to the Park Hill Branch Library that delighted kids and parents alike. Kids were drawn in by the Star Wars theme and loved participating in experiments demonstrating the how static electricity works in the real world-- little did they know, not only were they having fun, they were learning science! We would look forward to trying out some of his other shows at future dates.
Monica Washenberger, Librarian
Richard brought our Star Wars Reads Night to life with his static electricity program! Kids of all ages, and not to mention many adults, had a blast with the hands-on demonstrations. I love that the program is designed to be so much fun all while sneaking in some education! We can't wait to try out some of the other STEMPunkED programs in the future!
Victoria Blepp. Librarian
Richard brought the world of Doctor Who alive for patrons and encouraged them to create their own characters in clever and unique ways. Richard’s presentation is a fun and interactive introduction to the world of fan fiction. We received positive feedback from the event, with patrons enjoying the unique topic and interactive aspects of the workshop. We would definitely work with Richard again on another writing or science-based workshop.
McCourt Thomas, Head of Youth Services
Richard made this experience fun for the kids! Each of them left with new knowledge and understanding of what computers are and how they work! His energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject matter made our "Art and History of Computing" a success for our 3rd - 5th graders!
Susan McMullen, STEM Specialist
Richard visited our school in early August with a wonderful opportunity to enhance the 2017 Solar Eclipse experience for our students. Richard’s materials and presentation had the right amount of teacher talk mixed in with student engagement. During the classroom sessions, Richard was on the floor showing students how the equipment he brought worked to help students understand what they were about to see in the sky. The learning was monumental.
Julie Marquez, Talented & Gifted Coordinator
Richard provided an innovative and exciting workshop for my 1st grade students. This was not something I could have done on my own and his knowledge of the content was extensive and in-depth. He also had a great rapport and manner with the students. He got the kids involved and I'm sure it was an experience they will never forget. I highly recommend this and other programs offered by STEMpunk. What a wonderful resource and way to make science and technology engaging and fun for kids.
Emily Tate, 1st Grade Coordinator
On behalf of the Colorado Railroad Museum I would like to thank you once again for performing at our annual Steampunk at the Station special event. Your presence as an entertainer and educator really helped to create our festival atmosphere and your program was absolutely wonderful.
Danielle Ghear, Event Manager
Richard Blake’s performances show that he is passionate and works very hard to engage, teach, and entertain with the utmost professionalism. Richard incorporated demonstrations, video clips, and educational information and successfully had all of the attendees’ attention the entire presentation.
Alicia Gomori, Children's Programming Librarian
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