Mindfest 2004 -- Fort Worth
Museum of Science and History
I was invited to participate
in the fourth annual "Mindfest" -- a wonderful get together
of creative science educators from across the country. I shipped and
brought lots of equipment: Sisyphus IV, the Ribbon
Dancers prototype, two Shimmibots,
a couple Eggbots, and something
new-- four "Discobots."
The Discobots were an experiment.
The goal: to discover interesting motions from playing with a very simple
program (turn some distance left, then turn the same amount right, repeat
forever) and varying just two parameters, speed and size of the turn.
I met with the "Design-it" group (eight 7th-8th graders),
who learned to control the dancers, and experimented with creating different
configurations. We had a great time playing with these things, all the
while disco tunes playing in the background.
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