We are right in the middle of National Robotics Week, which runs April 6-14 and starts a string of events all over the country for makers of all kinds. We’ve listed a few upcoming highlights below:
- Robot Block Party—Wednesday, April 10 at Stanford University
- Exploratorium Opening Events—Wednesday, April 17 at Pier 15 in San Francisco
- RoboGames—Fri-Sun, Apr 19-21, 2013 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds
- Open Source Hardware Documentation Jam—Fri-Sun, April 26-28 at ITP-NYU in New York City, sponsored in part by the Open Source Hardware Association
- Robotfest—Saturday, April 27 at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland
- Exploratorium After Dark—Thursday, May 2 at Pier 15 in San Francisco
- Silicon Valley Surplus Crawl—Saturday, May 11 starting in San Francisco
- Hardware Innovation Workshop—Tues-Wed, May 14-15 at the College of San Mateo
- Maker Faire—Sat-Sun, May 18-19 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds
You can look for events in your area on the National Robotics Week Events site and the Maker Faire Map site—feel free to add your favorites in the comments. We’ll be exhibiting at RoboGames and helping Super Awesome Sylvia show off the Watercolorbot at Maker Faire. We hope to see you there!
Editor’s note: Super Awesome Sylvia has been visiting Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories for the last week and is guest blogging about her experience and project.
Last year I got to go to RoboGames and watch the competitions. This year I wanted to enter a robot of my own. I looked at the different types of robots you could enter and found out you can enter in a drawbot!
I drew a few sketches of what I wanted my robot to look like. I asked EMSL if I could come over to their shop for a week and make this bot!
When I got there I thought that I would start immediately making the base to my bot but instead we worked in inkscape making detailed drawings.
For the first couple of days I worked on doing a great detailed model on what this bot would look like. This bot was going to be a Watercolorbot!
Also, we visited a FIRST Robotics team while EMSL helped out with their robot named Oddjob. Oddjob is a Frisbee throwing pyramid climbing robot.
Once we had a good set of drawings for my watercolorbot we used the router to create the basic pieces of the bot and laser cut the carriage that holds the paintbrush. We also used dowel pins, screws, nuts, washers, and string to make a cool amazing bot. I will write more about the robot later but it took four different versions of the carriage to fit it in, three different pulleys, and two different ways to tie the string.
I am so surprised at how fortunate I was to go to EMSL and build this bot. I had some amazing meals, great experiences and had a lot of fun. I hope to come back soon and build another revision or build another bot! I really liked hanging out and playing games during my free time. Thanks Evil Mad Scientists!!