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Toys from trash

Arvind Gupta has produced a lot of work on turning junk into toys that aim to demonstrate the engineering ideas in an very interesting (well I think so any way).
He has presented a very interesting talk on the TED site shown above. He presents this all in a passionate and entertaining way, well worth having a look at.

More details of his work can be found by clicking on here.

...junkbots continues

The funding may have unfortunately stopped but the activities continue. On 30th March the Junkbots activities return to Brooke Weston School.


The students had to build a 'junkbot' from initially a motor and propeller and any 'junk' that was around. There were three tasks.
1. The junkbot had to get a can across a line.
2. Similar to the previous activity but this time as well as the can there was other junk (bottle tops and some small steel bits) away from the can. These also had to be transferred across the line.
3. To make the junkbots steerable.


It was never the intention that all the tasks were achieved in the time, but the student's tried out their own groups ideas with little input from the tutors.


Some very innovative results were produced.


Thank you to Mr Nigel Barratt for inviting me back and supporting the activities.


Teacher Mr Barrett said: ‘The students just got on with it and devised the models themselves. They experimented all the way through. It was three an…

CEISE2011 paper: Junkbots

An abstract from the 7th China – Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Orientated Education to be held 23-24th May 2011 at School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton, UK. For more details can be found at this link.
JunkbotsScott TurnerSchool of Science and Technology, University of Northampton,Northampton, NN2 6JD
Abstract: The School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton have been working with local schools to create robots made from junk and also to use robots programmed by the students to perform simple rubbish clearing exercises. This is an initiative by the University to introduce environmental sustainability, engineering and computing to students in schools. This paper focuses on the programming part of the project, providing reflections on the activities.