Build Solar-Powered Gizmos (Section 1)
Materials Fee $20
Day/Time: Saturday, April 22 12:00 PM (90 minutes)
Location: Workshop PavilionI'll be offering a morning lecture on the essentials of BEAM robotics, followed by an afternoon build session, where we'll going to tackle one of several projects:
1) Solarengine kit - Lets you construct a "Solar digestive system" from a cassette mechanism that pulses a motor periodically. Several enhancements are possible to turn it into a Solarroller racer, Solar-powered flag twitcher or Symet (spinning robotic plant-life thing). Cost: $20USD
2) SolarSpeeder kit - Build a high-performance solar-powered racecar that goes ~ 10' in 40 seconds of direct sunlight. Not as open-ended as #1, but guaranteed to satisfy! $25USD
3) Symet Parts Bundle - this is similar to #1, but with no circuit board, and minimal parts. Literally a bag'o'parts that we put together in support of a TV special we did many moons ago, and still get requests for. Not for the weak-of-manual-dexterity, as we solder point-to-point for this project. Lets you build a simple ricocheting solar-powered device. $12.75USD
Attendance of the morning lecture SHOULD be a prerequisite, but not a necessity.
This workshop will be also be held on Sunday at 12:00 PM.
Related site: http://www.solarbotics.com
As a youngster, Dave tormented his siblings by often deconstructing their toys. This eventually led to one sibling sending him an article about a roboticist (Mark Tilden) that built robots out of junk. 15 years later, Dave is the President of Solarbotics Ltd., a company dedicated to the principles of "appropriate technology" for building cool and effective robots, often using of junk and solar energy.