Yesterday I attended a workshop at our local library, drawn in by the intriguing title of “Build Your Own (non-functioning) Robot”. The notice did say it was for all ages, so I signed up, although I knew it was meant for kids. Well, I haven’t let being about five or ten times as old as the other participants stop me from going to other events the library has put on, and I’ve learned some great techniques that have given me a lot of ideas. And had a lot of fun. Anyway, yesterday was the day. So I collected a bag of tin cans, plumbing supplies, and other miscellaneous metal objects from my stash of – well, junk, really – and took myself off to the library.
I arrived a bit early and added my materials to the pile that the librarian who organized the event, Allison, had brought in. She and two teen-age volunteers were going through everything. What a lot of items with so much potential! Old computer parts, forks, wire, bottle caps…you can just imagine. While we sorted things out, Allison told me she had thought of the idea for this workshop when she was brushing her teeth. I didn’t laugh, as I know from experience that it’s in the middle of such activities inspiration often chooses to strike.
Then the attendees came in, children of all ages and their parents. And then of course, me. We got right to work after a short safety lecture (handling the glue gun was for adults only). I made one robot and had such a good time that I created a second one.
Meanwhile, the room was full of activity and creativity. So many robots and each so different from the rest.
I am sure I will be trying something like this again. I can see so many possibilities for building figures using all kinds of discarded objects, now that I have turned my attention to the subject. Thank you, Allison, and the Glenside Library, for putting on this workshop.
So here’s my contribution to the robot population.