In April, the CyBears received a message from the Girl Scouts leader that said they wanted to do something with the robotics team to earn their engineering badge. We thought we were going to find a simple project for the Girl Scouts to do with some help from us. We thought it was going to go smoothly. Boy, were we wrong.
After searching through multiple projects to do, we found the perfect one. It was building mini Styrofoam robot dogs. The project included simple craft items like straws, bottle caps, rubber bands, and hot glue. The only things that were not a common craft item were the motors. A mentor suggested we should try to test it out ourselves, so we did. It did not go as planned. It was only supposed to take 30 minutes, it took us over an hour. Luckily, the Girl Scouts knew what to do.
When we all met up at the primary school, we were excited and anxious with how the project would go. The Girl Scouts oohed and ahhed at our robot as we brought that with for them to drive. They loved it! One little girl did cry, but that’s only because she thought she broke the robot. It just malfunctioned a little, but we fixed it up. The project turned out much better than we figured it would. They are Girl Scouts after all and know how to do arts and crafts.
Overall, the event was a really nice and fun thing to do. The members that participated would be glad to do this again in the future. We hope to continue doing more outreach projects like this to make it known that robotics isn’t just for nerds - that everyone can be a part of our amazing team to make awesome robots!
Written by a member of the CyBears Media Team