Thursday, June 18, 2009

Strange Coincidence

It is a strange coincidence that theme of our Vacation Bible School this year has a robotic mascot! Each year, we combine forces with St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church and Christ Episcopal Church in Bastrop to do Vacation Bible School. We always use Concordia Publishing's materials.

This year, the theme is GADGET'S Garage and features the robotic mascot named Gizmo! Several year's ago, before I got seriously interested in building robots, we did another V.B.S. that had a robotic mascot. I made a 4 foot tall "robot" out of Christmas light and junk. The kids liked it. I ended up giving it to the local library. As I was posting this, it occurred to me that I might have a picture - so here it is too!
The basic idea of this year's theme is that in GADGET'S Garage they make new things out of old stuff. In robotics, that is called re-purposing. I guess I never thought of Jesus as a hacker!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Camp Fun

Here is one picture of the Monroe City School's Scribbler Robot Camp students playing with their robots. They were letting their robots follow each other around the line on the poster board. As you can see, the lead robot is lost and looking for the line. If I remember correctly, pictured from left to right are Brittny, Franz and Kaitlin. Those are the student's names - I don't remember what they named their Scribblers ;-). I hope that more pics will follow.