Junior High: Ms. Betke's 8th graders
Chelsey , Stefen, and Chelsey
"The Flying Claw"
should your robot look like?
Our robot will have a round frame body with a computer screen on it
as a "face". The computer screen is a way to communicate with
the robot. It has a "touch-pad" to control it. Its arms stick
out to the side and rotate straight out at the elbows and retract downward
at the wrists. The "fingers" can grasp large objects from
midair and if the object is too small it has smaller "fingers"
that reel in. It has a moving fan to propel itself around the station.
The fan is connected in a trench in the back of it. There is a "crossroad"
where a Hot Wheels type splitter to make it go different directions.
There are speakers on the head so it can talk to you. Also, it has a
hookup to the ceiling on tracks to help it move around without bumping
into things. Finally, there is a spectrometer on the very top of its
"forehead" and lights on the sides to help you see it in the
will it get around?
It has a hookup into the ceiling on tracks that it will move along on.
It also has a fan that propels the robot. It can only move around the
back of the robot. The fan will spin the other way to make the robot
go backwards. It has a lazar radar so that it can see objects in front
of it and stop. If it is going to run in to something, it will set off
a system of "beeps". If the robot needs to turn around, the
fan will activate and turn it around.
will you talk to it?
It has a premitive AI (so it will be able to understand what you say
if you ask it to get tools or anything like that) with a voice recognition
system. When you tell it what to do it repeats it back then you select
the "ok" button, it will then do its job. It has an Intel
Celeron processor, with 1.2 GHz of speed. It has a compact flash wiht
256 MB RAM. Once the job is done, it will come and tell you the results
of its task. It can check the air with its spectrometer, its hands can
get into hard to reach places, and it will be able to do all of this
faster because it doesn"t have to get prepared, it can just go.
you think the retractable cable will work in space?
To keep the robot from rising because of no gravity, we had to make
the cable a retracable pole like the teachers use. That way it wouldn"t
bend and move. The strength of the metal would force it to stay down.
did you make the robot round?
We made it round beacause it is easier to store that way. Also, it makes
it more aerodynamic to move faster. It just made more sense to have
it round than square or rectangular.
the fan move in all directions?
To be able to make the robot move in all directions, we made the back
have trenches with a point so it will move all around the back of the
robot like a Hot Wheels track. The fan also has a switch that makes
the blades spin in different directions. The different air temperatures
will cause it to go forward and backward. The top also rotates to make
it go in the opposite directions.
Chelsey, Chelsey, Elizabeth, and Stefen