Back around 1990-2000,
my children went to a great elementary school called "Grant Alterntive".
I t has now moved to a rather typical surbaban building but at the
time my kids were there it was located at 2720 Richmond Road.
The building and beautiful mature trees are still there but the
building is empty.
The old website that I created is still available at http://grant.ncf.ca/index-old.html
and it will give you an idea of what a fun place it was.
My daughter was there the first year that the school opened as an
Alternative school and I attended the school coucil meetings regularly.
There was another parent there that was a high school physics teacher
and he and I would talk science. We decided that we needed to augment
the science resources in the school and so installed IO in the library.
Io was about the size of an 8 year-old and had a disk drive slot for a
mouth. That's my son Robert feeding IO.
We told the kids to put science questions in his mouth and we would have an
answer for them as fast as possible. It was very
popular. I was getting everyone I could to help me answer the
questions but spent hours and hours myself. Of course, I learned an
awful lot too. Who was it that said "The best way to learn something
is to teach something".
When my kids graduated from Grant, IO was put on a top shelf and was no
longer answering questions. I kept all the original forms written by
the kids and some day my put them in a book. In the mean time, I have
converted some answers to HTML
There was even a question about IO. Read it