This is simply a list of topics I’d like to discuss with Cinthia in our meeting tomorrow. If you can not make it to the meeting please ad suggestions for possible subjects for discussion / questions in the comments.
- Crowd funding campaign
- Getting into contact with university
- Getting into contact with Papalote Museo
- Getting into contact with LEGO
- Change type of Robots (from mechanical to nonmoving)
Mock up crowd funding campaign
- What is the target audience for a possible funding campaign?
- What is the best suiting platform to launch a campaign?
Rewards, stretch goal rewards:
This is basically what a backer (someone who financially supports or backs you campaign) gets in return for his or hers money. Obviously it helps if this is a fun, interesting and robotics related product or service.
- access to their online course in robotics by Robotica Educativa.
- Number of backers
- Achievements unlocked
- More achievements
- Number of likes on fb
- Number of followers on twitter
- Crazy stuff (pictures including robotics, videos, events, etc)
Contact with local University
We have made a first attempt in getting into contact with engineering professors at the Univ. of Guadalajara and Tech de Monterrey.
Papalote Museo is a modern and popular scientific museum where kids learn about science in a interactive way. We are currently looking into the option of a corporation between Robotica Educativa and the museum. But since the museums website is in Spanish this will take a while.
We tried getting into contact with LEGO. On their website they state they are willing to help projects and or charities that help kids develop creativity, imagination and encourage learning trough play. We think Robotica Educativa would be the ideal candidate to receive support from LEGO. Basically what I’ve asked LEGO if they are willing to corporate with Robotica Educativa, they could for instance supply robot kits for a better price to kids participating in the course.
LEGO website ——————-
For more than 80 years, the core values of the LEGO Group have been Fun, Creativity, Imagination, Learning, Quality and Caring, and we want to make a positive impact on children’s lives through play.
- projects that are 100% charitable.
- charitable organisations which promote children’s play, learning and creativity.
- charitable organisations which support marginalised and vulnerable children.
If your project meets the criteria listed above and you wish to enquire about a product donation, please write to: Charity@LEGO.com.
LEGO website ——————-
Change type of robots:
Robots with actuators are obviously appealing to a child’s mind, but the actuators make stuff more complex and expensive as well. Maybe it’s an idea to look into nonmoving robots. With for instance only a Arduino and a small led matrix (or 3d led qube) possibilities in programing are really broad! And a setup like this would only cost a fraction of the kits provided by LEGO/Makeblock…
In a setup like this other sensors could also be added, for instance gyroscopes to controle the led by gravity/acceleration…
The big challenge for Robotica Educativa’s is: How can we make owning a robotics kit feasible for the average Mexican family?
One option would be to look into the possibility of simply choose a cheaper products as a educational robot. Obviously the question is; will a cheaper robot be able to suffice in the same way as a more costly one? We’ll have to ask this to Cinthia, our contact within Robotica Educativa.
In the following links you will find some education robots for a drastically lower price than the ones provided by LEGO:
- ONE ROBOT PER KID. mBot is the easiest educational robot for kids to learn programming, Arduino and robotics.
- The Pi-Bot is a uniquely designed (and affordable!) complete robot kit for anyone interested in building and programming robots!
- Rokit Smart is a user-friendly robotics kit that teaches building and programming (using Arduino) of robots without soldering
Another way would be to drastically change the view on educational Robotics. For instance not by getting chips and electronic components – all made in china – but by looking for mechanical robots made with parts right out of the dumpster!
We’ll look into this possibility in the coming week. The hard part – which I’m most skeptical about – is to make the robot’s usable as genuine robots. So not just a cardboard box that has the appearance of a starwars character, but a real robot with sensors, programmable controllers, actuators, etc.
Another option would be to get local organizations exited to help for the good cause. Also this week we are going to further look into this option. Two concrete plans are getting into contact with the university in Mexico City, in particular with the robotics faculty. Secondly we’ll be trying to get into contact with the popular modern science museum. As I understood from Benji’s comment last week, they have an area where they get kids acquainted with Robotics.
In Mexico there is also a museum called Papalote museo del nin~o https://www.papalote.org.mx/ which has lots of technology and cool science tricks just for kids. – Benji
So concluding, enough work for coming week.
During this week we have been looking at spidergrams. A spidergram shows a summary of facts or ideas connected by lines to the main subject, in a central circle. A connected line is drawn round the spidergram to show the importance of the idea – The closer towards the centre, the less important.
We drew a spidergram for the activities of Robótica Educativa;
The advantage we got from constructing this spidergram is that we had to think about where we were going to place our ideas related to the centre topic and then having every idea in its place, we got a clearer image of their actions. This gave us a better picture of how we can help our NGO and it gave us some new questions to think about and to ask to our NGO.
One example, looking at Relations and Communications on our spidegram, we wondered, whith how many schools are they in contact? or, Do they have contact with partners (communication with companies like them)?
This week we concentrated most on how to exhibit effective teamwork. Our group communication was good but there were some small things that could change for better teamwork and interaction between each of us.
First we clarified our goals with clear directions and agreements so everyone had a good understanding of the project, our roles and aims and about our NGO. We discovered that an important part of teamwork is to have a comfortable environment where we trust eachother and feel free to express our opinions, wheter good or bad. To improve our teams´ environment we are planning to meet up as friends in our free time to get to know eachother better and to build a bond that will give a sense of belonging to the group. Our team conists of 5 members and each one of us is raised with a different cultural background. This is great as each one of us is unique with irreplacable experiences, points of view, knowledge and opinions to contibute to our team. Therefore I think its vital to respect eachothers opinions and to view them from a different perpective as to what you are used to. Understanding each other will form a stronger team.
As a client servicer I form a bridge between our client – Robotica Educativa – and the members of my own team. In this role of spokesman the things I do most are gathering questions of my team-mates, asking those questions to Robotica Educativa and subsequently brief my team-mates with this newly gathered information. In this iterative process I get to rephrase and reform my thoughts each step of the process. And thus I have a clear view on the challenges Robotica Educativa faces, and the opportunities we have to help them conquer their goals. In this post I’ll try to clarify my thoughts.
Robotica Educativa is a NGO facilitating education in robotics, their goal is to get children – in ages ranging from 9 to 17 – interested and acquainted with science, logics and physics. It is situated in Mexico, which’ economical climate causes the main challenges.
At this moment Robotica Educativa has got her own facility where students come by to be educated face to face. Because this method limits the range of students they are able to reach, they have future plans for expanding via on line platforms. One of our goals in this course is to advice Robotica Educativa on what possible platforms to use, and how to effectively use them.
In the on line educational program the idea is that students (or their parents) buy the course materials themselves. Ready to use robotics kits do exist but they do not suffice in the needs of Robotica Educativa. For instance there is Makeblock and LEGO that sell ready to go robotics kits. But at 350 USD a kit – more than the average monthly income in Mexico – this simply is not feasible.
In the next couple of weeks my team will be looking in to possibilities on how this feasibility problem can be tackled. We will look into the possibilities of crowd funding as a source of income for better affordable robotic kits, and to generate awareness about Robotica Educativa. For instance a campaign could be used to sell robotics kits worldwide and invest part of the takings directly into the NGO.
Also we’ll investigate crowd sourcing, and we’ll try to find other organizations alike. In other words, find a community where Robotica Educativa could harvest and share knowledge.
Finally we will try to make a connection with LEGO and see if they would be interested in cooperating with Robotica Educativa. For LEGO this brings a marvellous opportunity to connect their name to a beautiful NGO and doing so improve their brand image.
During this week we have learned about finding our own sweet spot. Your sweet spot is the intersection of your passion, purposes and gifts or skills. This spot makes it easier to commit yourself to success. Honestly, your sweet spot is not easy to find but worth the journey of looking for it! This is the sweet spot model:
So as a team, using this model, we tried to find similiraties in characteristics and interests between eachother to find out which is the best way to work together and to succeed in this project. Each of us wrote down his or her passions and gifts and whith this information we created this table below to easily show our similarities:
Using this information about each one of us we see that creativity and social interactions stand out. Creativity allows us to think of new ideas or solutions to help Robótica Educativa and the social interactions will help with the online communication with our NGO but also the internal communication within our team.
So considering the information above, our teams Sweet Spot is;
Creating interactive tools that are fun and simple to use between students and teachers for Robótica Educativa.