Ed-2: A Robot that Inspires


Concept sketch by Abraham Evensen Tena (possible NSFW images of tasteful artistic nudity at his blog)

Concept sketch by Abraham Evensen Tena (possible NSFW images of tasteful artistic nudity at his blog)

As a kid I liked science (still do!). My Mom would come home and find me happily making green slime (or blue or clear) with my chemistry set. I’d make all sorts of things with that set. My Mom wasn’t so happy when slime spilled on the carpet though! : – ) A couple of weeks ago I went to the Robot Zoo. It was organized by the Cambridge Science Festival. Over 40 organizations showed off their robots. I was happy as a robot pig in s**t.

I want to build a robot called the Ed-2 (concept sketch above). He’ll be a panhandling robot. All the money raised will go towards an organization that supports STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math). While raising money, Ed-2 will inspire young people to take a closer look at STEM. He’ll be a catalyst that gets them interested in engineering and making things (similar to First Robotics). The intended outcome is for a young person to someday pursue a career in STEM. Ed-2 Specifications:

  • Autonomous
  • Capable of going outside (all-weather)
  • About half the size of R2D2
  • Able to right himself if he falls over

Here’s an example of a robot that Tim Pryde built. It was a project while he was studying at the University of Dundee in Scotland. You’ll see in the video that the DON-8r is powered by coins. When you drop one in he moves forward. All of the money collected went to the Dundee Science Centre.

Another example of robot-human interaction is the Tweenbot; created by Kacie Kinzer. Have you ever built a robot? If not, maybe the Cambridge Hackspace can help you build one?

Please share this post with any teachers you know. : – )

Concept sketch by Abraham Evensen Tena (possible NSFW images of tasteful artistic nudity at his blog)

Concept sketch by Abraham Evensen Tena (possible NSFW images of tasteful artistic nudity at his blog)


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