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Robotics Idea for 4-H National Youth Science Day - Send Us Your Ideas! Answered

Our group is looking for ideas for the 2012 4-H National Youth Science Day, a nation-wide event in October promoting science, engineering and technology. This year, the theme is robotics!

* Age group is anywhere 7-14 years old
* The event is based around an idea (i.e. make a solar robot that moves) and a materials kit
* The materials kits should be low cost (<$50), easy to assemble in 1/2 hour or less (number of kits needed may be in the thousands)
* Connection to the environment a big plus
* Connection to other robotics initiatives a big plus (i.e. Jr. First Lego League)

Please send me your thoughts, ideas, links or whatever on this subject.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

Symets and vibrobots fall well within your budget, but what about a BEAM headbot or sumobot?

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phatguppy
phatguppy

Reply 9 years ago

Yes, great idea. But what about an environmental or community rationale behind these? Is there a way, even loosely, to tie these robots into some goal that serves a community or environmental need?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Most BEAM robots are made of re-purposed or recycled electronics?

You could create an art installation, using re-purposed electronics to move reflective objects* in the sunshine shining through the window of a community centre or old folks home?

(*unsellable broken costume jewellery from the local thrift store?)