In the past, we have taken on several ambitious projects, including the collaboration with the art teacher at Sunnyview. The first project involves the modification of a paint spinner. Several of our senior members have taken on the challenge of building both the spinner and the paint dispenser from scratch. This involves a detailed design in CAD, selecting the proper motors and gears, wiring up a power supply, and cutting the parts out – essentially all of the skills obtained during a robotics build season. Another project we are currently working on is converting the controls for a toy to make it more suitable for disabled kids. The “Color Bug” is a commercially available toy that has a marker attached to a remote-controlled car in the shape of a bug. Sunnyview has had a number of these toys donated to them, but while they are immensely popular with the kids, the fine motor skills required to operate the joysticks have proven to be far too difficult for the physically challenged children to truly appreciate this toy. We have taken on the project of converting the controller to one with touch-sensitive buttons, so less precision is required. The last project Team 610 is helping Sunnyview with is converting a toy similar to a spirograph to be remote-controlled, making it more accessible to the students.
It has been very rewarding for members of the robotics team to take some of their skills acquired during the robotics season and apply them to a real cause. For some of the students that helped out, Sunnyview was more than just a technological case project – it was a place with life, hope, and shared excitement for technology. We hope that our partnership with Sunnyview continues to flourish in years to come.