Wednesday, January 19, 2011

crafty robots

it seems only natural that robots and craft should coincide. i mean, think of maker faire! and make + craft. i taught a build-a-bot workshop to a group of the cutest 8-12 year old girls at blue house ann arbor last saturday, and oh what fun we had! we looked at some books and talked about what robots do in real life. i provided a table of bits, bobbles, junk, metal, fuses, buttons, etc., for robot building, then we came up with our own ideas...

Tix II: is a room-cleaning robot! the middle-schooler who made Tix wrote up some lovely details about him and what he likes to clean and not clean. too cute!

Stella-Bot 42: my sample robot. she likes to organize parties, game nights and dance-off competitions with fellow robots. she loves baking cupcakes, doing handstands, eating edamame, and dogsitting. if you want dancing, she's your bot.

Patch: one motivated builder built three robots! this is Patch. he comes complete with a remote control and a super cape, and is ready to spread st. patrick's cheer!

MacClaren: this dog-bot was named after the dog of two attendees. check out the dog food bowl and jingle bell collar! (the real MacClaren came to blue house to pick up the girls, and oh, he was cute too!)

Carol: made by blue house owner, Siobhan. carol is a crafter-bot, in case you can't tell. her crafter's apron is complete with scissors, and an iphone to process those credit cards. she's got on handmade earrings and is wearing a peter pan collar. she is now the resident blue house-bot, bringing crafty and robotic creativity to all those who enter.

Bella: the cooking robot! she is wearing a lovely full-front apron in silver, and is carrying a matching hand towel to help guests. her frying pan features a fresh batch of bacon and eggs. her antennae keeps her fine tuned, and did you check out that curly hair?!

Candy or Rose: her official name wasn't decided, but both names sound sweet, just like this bot and the young girl who made her. she has hearts for eyes and mouth, and golden and pink ribbons for hair.

and here is the whole gang, programmed and ready to work.

this workshop was so much we'll have to do it again.