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Robot Petting Zoo workshop at Pittsburgh Maker Faire

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What dances, eats, and lights up? Animals you create for the Robot Petting Zoo! Come spend a very hands-on morning learning to design, build, and program your own robotic creature with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. No coding/robotics experience necessary--Absolute beginners are welcome!

Your creations will be on display through the afternoon at the Maker Faire, and we ask that you commit to sticking around the Faire through the end of the day and making yourself available once per hour for 5-10 minutes to stand next to your robot and talk with any interested Maker Faire attendees.

All electronics, laptops, and building materials & tools will be provided, and you are welcome to bring in any particularly appealing craft materials from home as well.


This workshop is geared towards 4th to 12th graders, but anyone with an interest in robotics is invited! For those 13 and under, please bring an adult with you - Adults do not need a separate admission.

Have questions about the workshop? Please contact matt.chilbert@birdbraintechnologies.com


About Robot Petting Zoo

The Robot Petting Zoo (RPZ) & Makeathon engages students and educators in friendly making, coding, and design with a creative twist on the traditional hackathon. During an RPZ Makeathon, student groups create animatronic animals while learning empathic design thinking, teamwork, and engineering using cardboard, robotics kits, code, and craft supplies. They then bring their animals together for a Robot Petting Zoo Showcase where the public, and especially young children, can interact with them.

RPZ's are transforming robotics education by engaging the disengaged, breaking stereotypes about who can be computer scientists, engineers, and technology innovators, and attracting more people into creative and technical learning in a more accessible, friendly way.

About BirdBrain Technologies

BirdBrain Technologies serves as a catalyst for transformative, maker-based learning experiences for all students. Founded at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010, BirdBrain was created to promote gender equality and diversity in engineering and robotics. The Finch Robot makes coding tangible in many programming languages ranging from Kindergarten to College-level computer science. The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is comprised of lights, sensors and motors, allowing students to build a robot out of any materials. Both of these products empower students to take ownership of their technical and creative skillsets and engage in flexible problem-solving activities. Hundreds of thousands of students have been impacted by our products worldwide.



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