We recently hosted the first iteration of Community Robotics in Calgary – which was a smashing success!
Through the volunteer efforts of a few awesome roboticists and the sponsorship of a generous local business, we were able to bring 2 full Saturdays of robot building and one showcase event to participants at the Calgary Public Library. Volunteers from the Calgary Maker Foundation, The WCRS and our sponsor – Quadrus Investment Services – enabled us to purchase over a dozen locally designed, open source robot kits from Calgary’s own Solarbotics and deliver them to two library locations simultaneously (Fish Creek & Country Hills). We had over 30 participants hard at work on October 13th and 20th to complete the Solarbotics kits, then The ages of the participants ranged from 11 to 65 years old, both female and male alike. Some had lightly dabbled in electronics before & most have never held a soldering gun – but all left with the ability to build their own autonomous robot 🙂
We spearheaded this initiative as a pilot project to see how well robotics would be received in the Calgary Public Library, and we discovered that the hunger for such knowledge is insatiable. The participants were not able to keep the robots, instead our organization (The WCRS) can put them to use for demonstrations and teaching applications for other future roboticists. Perhaps one day soon we will see permanent robotics & electronics learning stations at libraries all around the city to aid the curious and the innovative in their quest for knowledge.
We posted a flickr set of the event, which can be found here.
If you’d like to get involved in robotics, join us every Saturday at 10AM at the Calgary Aerospace Museum. We meet to discuss robotics & teach anyone and everyone where to start, whether it be soldering, writing code or electronics fundamentals!