My name is Emma and together with my team members, Andra, Sander, Justas and Amir we study Industrial Design Engineering at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Our aim is to help a NGO called Robótica Educativa in accomplishing their goals.
Hold on! A NGO… What is that?
Honestly I wasn´t so sure at first but let me explain you!
A NGO, a non-governmental organization, is a non-profit, citizen group that functions independently of the government.
Like I said before, we will be working with the NGO Robótica Educativa for the next eight weeks. Robótica Educativa is a Mexican organization targeting the education of Mexican children. The education is mainly aimed at schooling children using simple robotics intended to stimulate their interests towards science.
Our aim is to help them through suggesting new and innovative ideas and help them with any struggles they encounter on the way.
I hope you are as excited as we are!
Follow our journey together with our NGO through this blog.
Our roles in this project are:
Andra Niculescu – Team Project Leader
Sander de Leeuw – Client Services
Emma de Mooij – Documentarian
Justas Mockus – Technology Steward
Amir Salar Nojomi – Production Manager
As i had several times conversation with our Client service and other members of group from the beginning, our biggest challenge was figure out the best solution for our NGO. In past pervious weeks we came up with one solution which we feel it is useful for our NGO, all is based on financial issue. As a production manager i believe our solution is one of the successful one for them, however the other two groups they have their own solution as well.
On the other hand, The most impact which we made for our client in my opinion is that, We try to connect our NGO with educational organisation such as university and library.
In the first place, with two other groups we came to the conclusion to use Prezi to make the video. Prezi is a cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software and storytelling tool which is used for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. In the video, we have presented the problems and the solutions on robots. Every group had the responsibility to appoint a person to record their voice and provide the solution they have came up with. At the end, we edited and mixed the recorded voice with the presentation with Prezi and made the final version that was made into a video. You can see the 3 solutions we came up in the final version.
Our NGO´s main challenge, as already mentioned in a previous post by Sander, is that the robot-kits for the children are too expensive. They cost around 350 USD, which in Mexico is even more than what a regular Mexican worker would earn in a month.
So how can we solve this financial struggle? We contacted one of the members of Robótica Educativa to give us some more detailed information about the quantity of roborts they need and what their desired price range is. During the interview, he told us that they will need 100 robots, each with a preferable maximum price of 100 USD.
Looking into this, making molds for the robots they need could be an option but after more research, the amount of 100 robots a year is way too small to be beneficial to produce a mold for the robots. Besides, the average price to create a mold costs about 1000 USD. We could not find any other way to make the robots cheaper.
Taking this into consideration, we put our thinking hats on again and looked at the problem from another angle. Robótica Educativa will need 35,000 USD a year for the robots so can we maybe help them to reach this amount of money instead of finding a way to create cheaper robots?
We came with the idea of setting up a co-operation with the famous Mexican museum: El Papalote Museo del Niño. The Papalote museum is an interactive science museum for children. Their goal is to stimulate childrens curiosity and interest for experimenting and imagining through the use of dynamic and interactive rooms. I though it would be a great idea if Robótica Educativa could work together with the Papalote museum as they already have a LEGO workshop about
constructing the city of the future, which in my opinion, could be perfectly combined with the robots from Robótica.
So how would this help with the financial situation?
Firstly Robótica Educativa will enrich the museum by providing knowledge and attract more people to the museum. The museum will hire Robotica Educativa and pay them for their visit which will be part of the money to pay for the robots. Robótica Educative will build up an exposition 20 times a year there where children can follow a workshop and learn about robotics. With the income of the workshops Robótica Educativa should come close to the budget for the robots and maybe through donations they will have enough money to pay for the 100 robots.
The first of October we had a meeting with one of the volunteers of Robotica Educativa. Unfortunately the internet connection between Mexico and Holland let us down a little bit, but still we had some questions answered.
This file Structure for solution video (pdf) will give a rough impression of the structure of the video in which we will present our solution to the challenge Robotica Educativa is facing.