In conjunction with the Beautiful Users show at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, I was invited to create a workshop for kids. It started with a lecture about robotics and product design, tying the subject matter to the the Neato Botvac design, which was featured in the show. Four sessions of 20-30 adults and kids ran at both the 91 Street location and the Harlem education space. Here’s a description of the workshop:
“Join us and guest designer Carla Diana in building your mini version of a floor cleaning robot! Learn about how sensors and actuators (like little motors) work together in a household product like the Neato Robovac, which is currently on view in the Cooper Hewitt’s Beautiful Users show. Then, construct your own crawling mechanical creature using a battery, motor and simple sensor.”
Kids were challenged to build a simple vibrating bot with card stock, and then challenged further with the task of balancing the robot and building an “obstacle sensor” with a paper fastener and paper clip.