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Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club of Southwest Virginia Message Board › Robotics exhibit - to dos & not to dos

Robotics exhibit - to dos & not to dos

Gary Y.
user 38202422
Roanoke, VA
Post #: 17
As the club gains experience presenting exhibits at Maker Faires, Science Fairs, sci-fi conventions, seminars, STEM community events, schools, .etc... added this discussion as a learning reference.

Kevin & I always joke that a good robot exhibit has to have rubber ducks with hammers.
Rubber Ducks with hammers refers to Kevin's RC sumobots.
Kids 5-13 can not resist a RC controlled rubber duck with a remote controlled hammer, its in their DNA.

Lesson 1

Understand your audience and their interest goals.

for example:
Alot of our presentation requests are for STEM events aimed at a youth 6-14.
Be age appropriate with knowledge share, this age group doesn't usually care about oscilloscopes & integral calculus.

The hand-eye coordination of an elementary schooler is much different than a high schooler.
The exhibit has to be hands on & sturdy, more so the younger the audience.
Gary Y.
user 38202422
Roanoke, VA
Post #: 18
Reminder #2 ( this one is to myself ) - If your robots are going to be operated & demonstrated, construct a roped off operating arena to avoid small robots being accidentally kicked & stepped on, grabbed by overly competitive & rambunctious packs of admirers.
Gary Y.
user 38202422
Roanoke, VA
Post #: 19
People Safety is always #1 - Pinch points for sure need to have physical barriers, just the same as insulating barriers for batteries & electronics. If you have any concern, please review at a club meeting or with the other organizers.

Ensure anything heavy cant roll off a table an hurt a toe.

Exhibit vehicles with blades and propellers will always be 100% attended by a responsible adult. The vehicle will have multiple levels of control disabled, unless doing a properly roped off demonstration.
Multiple levels of disabled, means the vehicle has its batteries removed, and the RC controller unavailable/batteries removed/ padlocked failsafe interlocks engaged.
Gary Y.
user 38202422
Roanoke, VA
Post #: 20
Robot Safety - if your robotic exhibit has delicate parts that shouldn't be touched, or possible pinch points for small fingers, please construct a shield or barrier. The barrier doesnt need to be impervious for delicate parts, but a couple extra seconds to catch an exploring touch before robotic destruction is a good thing.

If a wheeled vehicle is on a table, block its wheels, and make sure an RC control or autonomous activation cant drive it off a table top.

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