Robotics workshop/lab in Vuosaari.
Stage: idea that is open for all the feedback.
Robotics workshop (aka physical place) where teenagers and adults could build robots or conduct simple robotics experiments.
Aim of workshop to provide a place to hack, simple tools and guidance about project or personal learning. No big tools like 3d printers, CNC or lasercutters.
One way to see it is as a usual hacklab, with only simple tools (soldering station, laptops, screwdriver) and focused on robotics.
Long term aim: free to visit, free tools, bring your own components for robots/experiments. There should be the possibility to borrow some simple components for learning projects (e.g. if a person can’t afford own).
At a minimum it needs one ~15m2 room, to have few tables and few shelves: for components and for work-in-progress projects.
Expected use of the place: small groups or individuals come and learn robotics by creating robots or doing experiments. Once a week, there could be guidance sessions for new participants.
Location: ideally close to Vuosaari metro station. In 5-15 minutes of walking distance, so most of the kids could come themselves, without use of public transportation or parents.
Why is home not suitable? Creating robots is a complex engineering process that requires attention and time. For many people their homes have too many distraction factors.
Why is the library/school may not be a good place? Possibility to come at “any time” is essential. Possibility to store partially completed work for groups would not be possible in libraries/schools.
What kind of experiments?
- Could I build a car that goes over 1cm obstacle? Over 5 cm? over 20cm?
- Could we build a hand that grabs and lifts a ball with a single motor?
- Could I build a robot that will follow the line?
- Could we build a submarine that could measure temperature 20m deep?
- Robot that dances in the same rhythm as playing music?
- Device that could draw ornaments on A4 paper.
- How much voltage is required to burn these LEDs?
- Traffic lights with leds and arduino.
- Writing AI that could win chess.
- Lego GBC build for exhibition.
- VEX walker with a single motor.
- Winning competition at battlecode.org
Workshop could probably provide some components to experiment with (and return after experiments):
- microcontrollers, drivers, breadpoards, sensors, buttons
- cheap DC motors and servos
- wires, leds, resistors, etc
- lego motors and lego technic parts
Examples of guidance:
- What are robots and how do they work?
- What kind of components are required to build a simple robot?
- What is the difference between arduino and stm32 sensors?
- How to write the first hello world?
- Why my led blinking project doesn’t work?
Here are some examples of what I did in the past together with other people. Answering to: why I will not giveup after a year or two
2016 - 3 small events about coding and robots for 5-7 years old kids (family and friends)
2017 - event in Espoo school to teach coding using nodemcu for ~12 years old students.
2018 - online robotics competition http://roboarm2018.makerobots.eu/
2018 - ~10 small events for kids 7-11 years old about robotics and logic in East-Helsinki.
E.g. Simple robot set for young students. - YouTube
lego ev3 commander programmer ev3basic - YouTube
2019 - registered Makerobots RY
How much resources I could put myself:
~50 hours per month
~100e per month
What I can’t do myself:
- social networks
- guiding in Finnish (and filling papers in Finnish)
- find interested people in Vuosaari and organize few small events
- find persistent place for at least 1 year
- do fundrasing to cover costs for place, tools and components
Other related links:
similar idea for workshops: Robottikerho lapsille ja nuorille - Plans - Osallistuva budjetointi 2020-2021 - OmaStadi
marketing attempt: Vuosaari Robotics Workshop - Etusivu | Facebook