— ROCKINGHAM — Little Guy Tech has a vision that is focused on the future, and owner Josh McDonald is using technology to do the teaching.
McDonald, a Richmond County native, is well qualified to own and operate Little Guy Tech. After graduating from Richmond Senior, he went on to Richmond Community College where he received a two-year degree in information technology. Next, he graduated from Pfeiffer University with a bachelor’s degree in the same field and was recruited out of college by Carbis Inc., a Florence, South Carolina-based safety fabrication manufacturing company as its IT Services Coordinator. Six months later, he was bumped up to network administrator and after three years moved onto to Faley and Lord Industries in Society Hill, South Carolina until it closed in June.
After working two jobs — one including Little Guy Tech in Darlington, South Carolina — McDonald decided it was time to move home and try what he called “Plan E.”
“We closed the company down, but we always had a bigger vision for the company,” said McDonald. “We kinda wanted to go this direction where we could tap into kids and get kids more passionate about technology. When I was 11 years old, I knew more about computer programs than I do now. I could program better when I was 11 than I can now. We’re trying to tap into these passions that these kids don’t even know they have yet.”
The way to do that, McDonald went on to say, is by introducing kids to new technologies with a program called the Tech Cadets.
“We’re gonna bring kids from 5 to 15 years old once a week, and we’re gonna introduce them to new technology,” he said. “Technologies that are gonna be vital for them to be aware of and have hands-on experience in the future.”
Starting with 3-D technology in January, the cadets will focus on 3-D printing, 3-D movies and 3-D pens for two weeks, incorporating science experiments that relate to both 3-D and science in general.
“We want the class to be fun, so it’s not gonna be a traditional-type classroom,” McDonald said. “We’re coming in here to have fun, and without having fun, the kids aren’t gonna have fun, and they’re not gonna like it. We’re gonna have the kids hands on with science experiments.”
The Tech Cadet January schedule will consist of “What can 3-D do for me” and “We’ve drone crazy,” two technologies that McDonald said are going to be very important in the future.
“There’s already other computer repair places all around us, and yeah, those businesses are gonna be here for awhile, but at the same time we’re in a society now where we buy things, and we throw them away,” he said. “What we wanna do is get into the younger kids’ minds, and we want them to be able to look at their phones and not just want to open an app that somebody else created. We want them to have the drive and the motivation to want to understand how that app is working so they can develop those things on their own.
“Because that’s what we’re gonna need more of in the future,” he continued. “We’re gonna need more developers, we’re gonna need programmers, we’re gonna need thinkers and we’re gonna need people that think outside the box.”
For registration and class information, visit www.littleguytech.com or call 910-434-8808.
Reach reporter Matt Harrelson at 910-817-2674 and follow him on Twitter @mattyharrelson.