Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Class that Wasn't

This past summer I hoped to teach a Robotics Camp at my children's school. I was going to use the Parallax Scribbler and a simple mouse-type bot.

This was the course description as advertised -
Gatorbot – Robot Camp – for Middle Schoolers (entering 6-8th grades)
lead by Fr. Whit

July 16 – 20, 2007, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon (with a mid-morning snack and break)

Gatorbot Robot Camp will teach the basics of Robotics. Robot builders will work with two robots, a mouse-like Weasel Robot (which each student will keep) and the Parallax Scribbler. Learn simple kit construction and elementary programming. It will be a great week that we hope will grow into a Robotics Club.
For more info, see the following websites and movies:

In the end, I had decided to use Tamiya's Wall Hugging Mouse instead of the OWI Weasel Bot. Unfortunately, the class was cancelled. Not enough students signed up.
Oh well, at least I got two mouse bots and a Scribbler! Attached also is a sketch of the Gatorbot which still may be the logo for a robotic's club at the kid's school whose mascot is the Alligator.

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