When you go to work with mom or dad at Hand Held Products, you don't just get let loose in the old stationary closet. No, HHP takes this task seriously. It was estimated that 110 children from throughout Central New York were involved in marketing seminars, allowed to test several of HHP image-based data collection systems, took a tours of the assembly-line and were able to make their very own robots.
The day was geared toward the kids getting a hands-on feel for what is accomplished at the HHP plant on Visions Drive in Skaneateles Falls. Many hands at HHP helped make the day a success, like Clark Tucker and Bob Nethercott, who helped to move the kids through the exercises.
Nethercott said the kids were broken up into three age groups. Anyone who made a robot out of HHP materials was allowed to take it home.
Three young men were found sporting black mustaches in the robot workshop.
"We've been here so long we grew these mustaches," Sam Smith from Spafford said. "My dad George Smith, he's a lawyer."
Sam was hanging around with Liam Moore who is from Syracuse. He said his dad is Dave and he is six foot seven inches and he sells scanners.
Jack Bailey from Sennett was the third mustachioed boy. He said his dad is Chris and he is a director.
Erik Todeschini, a software engineer from Camillus, was on hand in the robot room. He was demonstrating Mr. Robot for the kids, a half a life-size dude with tight curly cord hair and eyes that looked like fried eggs. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, Todeschini not the robot. He said he was familiar with HHP from growing up in Camillus. He has worked there for two years.
Two Madelines from Marcellus hung pretty tight on their tour. Their dad's Michael Bird and Kirk Hirch work at HHP.
HHP should give themselves a big hand for a job well done.