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Autobots, Androids, Artificial Intelligence, and other Robotics

When you think of robotics, it is easy to let your mind loose in a sci-fi fantasy of artificial intelligence that not only looks human but can also think for its self (and the reality is that we’re not impossibly far off from that), but for anyone just getting started it is better to think simpler. As the saying goes, you must learn to walk before you can run.

One of simplest types of robots is a vibrobot, which is primarily composed of a vibrating motor and a power source (ie battery). A vibrobot is the perfect first exploration into robots for any early elementary aged child, being that it is both simple to assemble as well as inexpensive.

We originally followed instructions to make BristleBots, however, instead of racing them as was recommended, we dipped ours in a bit of paint and used them to make art.
ABC's of Well-Rounded Geeklings, A is for Autobot, Android, Artificial Intelligence and other Robotics (1)
BristleBots work best when made with wide head toothbrushes, and ours were apparently not wide enough as they were very top-heavy and kept falling over. (more…)

Geek Parents Say the Darndest Things

In a matter of less than two days we’ll be kicking off our series, The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings, so today I thought we could take a moment and reflect on the humor that is unique to raising the next generation of geeks.
Geek Parents Say the Darndest Things
I had a bit of help with this post.
First I asked my friends and family. Then of course my fellow bloggers and my Facebook fans. All of whom gave wonderful answers but I wanted more to share with you so I asked for help from some more established geek-parenting Facebook pages: Geeks Make the Best Parents, Raising Geeklings – Uncensored, and Geek-Parents.com.
All of which are pages I am a personal fan of, all of which have humorous content and page admins who are just fab people. (more…)