one day in ’09 i reflected on memory of my abuela giving me my first lego duplo set when i was 3 as well as the current lacking state of high quality education within “urban” areas.
because she introduced and nurtured that creativity within me, i grew up with a heightened sense of possibility, imagination and problem solving abilities.
so i thought, “what can i do to introduce tactile mediums into the hands and minds of students that typically would not be able to due to income and access to higher quality education?”
in short, i designed and built awsm (pronounced awesome) an 800lb robot as the initial installment of the k-8 robotic curriculum that integrates into everyday content areas within common core standards.
awsm stands at a soaring 8 “8” when fully extended. It contains 15 degrees of freedom, 19 servos, rolls and lights up, speaks and it semi-autonomous.
in designing awsm, I used recycled parts from a 2006 yamaha r6, a school bus and a snow mobile!
i donated awsm to georgia tech in may of ’16 – he can be seen roaming the college.