Today I took my 6 and 2 year olds into town to look around the Bristol Mini Maker Faire. It was really good and highly recommended.
We saw the Nao and Baxter robots from Active8 Robotics, a laser cutter from Just Add Sharks in action making press-out catapults, Raspberry Pi-powered wheel and track robots from Dawn Robotics and plenty of other things.
The kids were particularly taken by a couple who reverse-engineered childrens’ electronic toys like the Furby or basic motor-controlled toys and had them rigged up to simple push buttons to make them work.
They were sadly a bit too young to make their own shonkbot or get a Petduino (needs soldering) but watching the RepRapPro in action was a novelty, and we came away with some printed robot figurines which they treasured!
There was lots of other homebrew displays from people who used the Bristol Hackspace and I’m only sorry I can’t remember the names of their projects, but we all enjoyed it thoroughly!
Here’s looking forward to the next one!