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Learn Science, Learn to Build Robots!

Jul 15, 2008
Invention has been a part and parcel of human beings ever since they have come into existence. From the invention of fire, to that of the wheel, invention has been an ongoing process that has been going on and will continue in the future as well.

Everything that we use today was invented or developed by someone at some point of time in history. All this is because of man's incessant thirst for newer things which drives the wheels of invention.

It is a well known fact that a child's mind is very fertile and is highly creative and imaginative in nature. Thus, this creativity should be channelized in a single direction such as painting, singing, or any other creative activity which brings out the creative self in the child.

For instance, some children like to draw, so they should be encouraged to draw even if their drawing is not that good. The point is that children should be encouraged and inspired to do what they like to do, so that it brings out the artist or inventor inside them.

For most children, the earliest passion is toys of all kinds: dogs, action heroes, cars, dolls, teddy bears, airplanes, designing toys and what not. Some of these toys walk, some talk, some dance, while others run or fly. The earliest question arising in a child with a curious mind is that how do these lifeless toys dance or sing or walk for that matter.

The kids with an inventive bent of mind always try to make different things with different materials. Many want to build toys that they play with, but don't have the requisite materials for that purpose. For those kids interested in cars and robots, nothing is better than the LEGO mind storms kit, which has hundreds of plastic and metals parts, which can be joined to create a plethora of robots and other toys.

However, all toys before taking shape physically have to chalked out in the mind or on the design board, that is a prototype of the toy. A prototype is a small model of the toy/robot that has to be made beforehand as the modern toys are highly complex requiring different materials and parts.

The prototype is the starting point for testing and improving the design. Knowing how things work, putting it all together, and getting the toy to act like the real thing means being a bit of an engineer.

This is because the toy requires different parts to be put together as the original thing, add to it the circuits and programmed chips required for the toy to behave just as the original one. However, at the end of all this, nothing beats the joy at looking at your toy/robot spring to life because eat the end of the day it's your own hard work and imagination.

So anyone and everyone having a creative and scientific bent of mind should give a shot at making robots as they not only fun to make with your friends but also gives some insight into how things work.
About the Author
Sara Jones was a fine student but science was a source of frustration she didn't want her kids to suffer. She met Rick and Amanda Birmingham and realized their grasp of everyday science was the secret to making science fun. To learn more about the solution to science stress visit www.SuperFunScience.com
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