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Feb 26, 2015

Making Simple RobotsDuring our Oscars live-tweet, Kathy Ceceri mentioned her appreciation of Best Animated Feature winner Big Hero 6 for its good depiction of robots, and we thought that deserved more than a tweet's worth of talk. In this week's Round 3, Kathy tells us about the film (in case, like Terri, you haven't seen it), shares a little about the real robots behind the ones onscreen, and gives parents some idea of the kind of projects you can find in her book Making Simple Robots and her website, craftsforlearning.com. To follow along with the balloon-muscle project she mentions on the podcast, see "Make a Robotic Balloon Muscle" on the Make: website.

Read more on robotics from Kathy:

"Resistance is Futile: Harvard’s Kilobot Swarm Keeps Fellow Robots in Line"
Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects
"5 Real Robots Made from Everyday Stuff"

(If you're reading this description somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.)