ByGreg Keeler, Manager of Audience Outreach & Non-Profit Sponsorship |
You can balance a bike with hands on the handlebars. Or off. And, surprising if you haven’t seen it, a bike can balance itself, with no person touching it. When viewed from the back, a bicycle looks like a stick balanced on end. If it tips a little, gravity pulls it down more.
While mechanical automata had existed since ancient Greece, the first mass-produced mechanical toy robots were built in Japan following World War II. These early wind-up robots, typically made from tin and wonderfully detailed, delighted young children around the world. Now considered both works of art and engineering wonders, the toy robots from the 1940s and 50s are highly sought after by collectors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Vboa8jk6w
The event is huge, the clock is ticking and we are awaiting the final shots… but the playing field consists of robots, remote controls, plus moon rocks and Mars Rovers? Meet area students who put science FIRST. “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” is an organization founded by Dean Kamen. Dean is working to make science and technology available to every kid in the world.