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Bald Wisdom » Blog Archive » Debut of the DuckyBots!

Kevin created a new project type for this year’s Cambridge Mini Maker Faire. In his Post Faire Recap, he says:

The idea for duckybots started from a conversation at the Boston Robotics Meetup with Meredith Garniss.  In addition to trying to involve kids in robotics, we thought it would be good to inspire the adult robotics crew to create for kids.

Programs like FIRST robotics, and school programs are already full of people interested in STEM and robotics, and we wanted to find something that would turn kids on to the joys of Science and Engineering.

DuckyBots was total crowdbait. Kids and adults were thronged around the booth modding and testing robotic ducks until we had to take the pond away, pack up the motors and put the yellow duckies into their little nests for the night.

Check out Kevin’s comprehensive update on participating in Cambridge Mini Maker Faire for more details.


Parts and Crafts at Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

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Katie Gradowski and Will Macfarlane operate Parts and Crafts, an awesome program for maker kids in Somerville, MA. They’re running a vacation camp this week. They’ve built into their planning having their campers organize and conduct a hands-on exhibit for kids at the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire this Friday from 12-4pm.

Will and Katie explain a bit of what they’re about:

We do a bunch of different kinds of projects, and we’ll be coming to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire with some interesting things that we’ve made, at the moment, along with smaller things, this is looking like it should be a bike-cart built into some kind of space-ship shape, some backpack mounted pressurized water-guns, along with materials on how to make a couple of small interesting projects.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.