It seems that some days there are so many things going on in our space at the same time.
Today seems to have outdone them all.
John Willauer was taking inventory of the electronics goodies for the program he will build. His very loving and patient wife accompanied him.
Morio Murase was running an Intro to Programming class.
Michelle Liu was there to prep for her High Functioning Autism Social Skills Family Support LEGO Play Group.
Leo was there to share with Sharon Moore and discuss what projects could be done for the Digital 3D club that we are working on for the summer… especially how we could integrate LEGO(r) minifigs into the effort.
James Banks was there to share with us, talk about LDraw, EV3, events, competitions, including the upcoming International Children’s Day…!
Sometimes, I wish I was a child again. Then maybe my Dad would take me to work with him. I guess I should say that I did sometimes go to my father’s office at the General Hospital in San Fernando, Trinidad. Dad was an Anaestheologist. Anesthetist, as we say here in the U.S. We would check his mail. I don’t remember being very excited by the fancy environment, probably because it wasn’t. We didn’t do any rounds or other patient visits. Just the mail and the office.
Today, the P2S Engineering group visited the Club Ten Makerspace at the Sea Base as a day out for the kids.
Thermofax, LEGO Raffles for awesome Mixels, door prizes (literally-we gave away LEGO doors), EV3 Robotics play, the 3D Printer and my favorite… Walking Creatures.
I’ll spend some time sharing about the Walking Robots activity, because Morio Murase has taken it to way beyond what I did. He designed a mechanism, we kitted 27 kits, and he modeled it in LDraw. We’re thinking this is so awesome, we should kit it and share it on Etsy (doesn’t everyone think this at some time?) We all agreed that it was a good thing that I spend so much time shopping on Bricklink, the LEGO Education website and, of course, LEGO.com. We had enough parts for all the kits we were trying to make!
Here are some photos from this most awesome event! If you are interested in scheduling your own event at one of the Club Ten locations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
This year I named a day. I did this because I wanted to see if I could start something on a global scale. It worked! My day was a Global Day of LEGO(r) Brick Fan Play Day. The date was April 2nd, 2015. 2×4 Day. 4/2/2015, or 2/4/2015 depending upon which way you look at it. Rumania, Peru, Paris and Long Beach, CA participated. (I am a co-founder of the Long Beach LEGO User Group).
So I decided to put together a list of special days that work best for me. This will be an ongoing list, that I assemble. Enjoy!
1 New Years’ Day
20 Penguin Awareness Day
14 Valentines Day
March 14, Pi Day
National Robotics Week and month
April 2nd, 2×4 Day, a Global Day of LEGO(R) Brick Play
April 2nd, Autism Day
April 22nd, Earth Day
April 25th, World Penguin Day
Last Saturday in April, Children’s Day (Act of Congress)
Last week in April, Children’s week (Act of Congress)
May 4th – May the Fourth be with you (Star Wars)
May 5th – Cinco de Mayo
National Ice Cream Month (President Reagan)
3rd Sunday National Ice Cream Day (President Reagan)
I am no expert on Autism. All information herein was taken from the lecture on 1/10/15 at the Robotics Society of Southern California meeting, recorded in the videos linked to at the bottom of this post.
Hanson Robotics visualizes a world where robots can help to care for Autistic children. Current treatment for Autism recommends that a child be with a trained therapist for 40 hours a week for 2 years. Doing this will greatly increase the capabilities of the child and possibly alleviate the need for care for the rest of his/her life.
That makes it worthwhile to invest in a high end, emotion-expressive robot with lifelike face and skin texture. The skin is made possible through a new, patented material called Frubber (not Flubber, the subject of a Robin Willams, Walt Disney movie). I touched it, and it is smooth, a little cool to the touch.
It is a very niche market, and Hanson Robotics is poised for it.
As CEO Jong Lee informed us, there will be an unveiling of their new competitor product to the NAO robot which is currently being used for Autism research (among other types of research) at a convention in Germany this week. Under 10K it will be more expressive, and one would imagine also very frubbery.