Sunday, 21 April 2013
My First Robot
We got out the kitchen foil, scissors and sticky tape and got to work. He had lots of fun decorating with sticky foam shapes and letters. I thought we were about done. Then he said, now we need the cable to connect it to the computer.
Very cute, I thought and fashioned a USB cable look alike from a white pipecleaner (chenille stem.) "Like this?" I said. "It needs to be a real cable so we can actually control it from the computer" he replied determinedly. Aah. The penny dropped. He wanted to make it into a real robot! His brother has a robotic arm with a USB cable and he was expecting to be able to do the same.
Hmm. OK, I said, we'll have to have a think about how to do that. Meanwhile he was at the computer and had gone to YouTube and typed "How wee make a robot." (Well he needed help to spell robot.)
OK. Robotics here we come.