Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Short Circuit: An Adventure in Building Robots


Allow me to introduce Strange Charm, our robot rock band!

During the last few weeks, I have been seeing a lot of pictures of robots made out of old electrical components. There are so many great ideas out there, and it is such a great way to get some use out of old broken electronics! One of my favorites was a little group of robots made from LED's and Diodes. They had been formed into a band called LED Zeppelin.  They were so cute, I really wanted to make some!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

It's Time For Marble Madness!

Let's get this ball rolling!

It's time to make a marble run!

I am fascinated with Rube Goldberg Machines. I remember when Pee Wee's Big Adventure came out, one of my very favorite scenes was when he woke up, and this elaborate machine made his breakfast. I thought, how cool it would be to wake up to a pancake breakfast every morning, without having to do anything!

Years later, I sat down with my daughter to watch the music video for OKGO's "This Too Shall Pass". The video features the band as part of an elaborate Rube Golberg Machine created by engineers from Synn Labs, MIT, The California Institute of Technology, and even NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. My daughter and I sat transfixed as I thought to myself, I really want to make one of those.