March 12, 2005

Snake Dancer

Snake Dancer
Snake Dancer,
originally uploaded by drmomentum.
This is M’s Snake Dancer.

She built it out of Legos from a set that included an electric motor, powered by a battery. The original set was intended to build a monkey which can climb up a string. We built that, but now she’s moved on to other creations.

“Snake Dancer” is second or third in a series of machines that flop around on the floor. This particular one reminded her of a snake. Thus the name.

The combination of Legos she’s stuck to the thing make its movements oddly random and lifelike. You can see it flop around here in an .AVI format movie. The video is a little dark (I took it with my still camera) but you’ll get the idea.

Posted by James at March 12, 2005 9:48 AM
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That is very cool James. I wish I'd had toys like that when I was a child. Perhaps they were around, but I didn't have any of my own. Looks like you have a little engineer on your hands.

Posted by: Sara at March 13, 2005 4:59 PM

I never thought of her as a Battlebots kind of gal, but maybe she is. :)

Posted by: Julie at March 14, 2005 9:20 AM

Maybe I should start putting together a family robot design team.

Posted by: James at March 14, 2005 10:51 AM

Ohh, good idea! Family robot building team! Another thing to keep in mind for the future, UMD has, (or used to have) a robot building class in the summer for 7th and 8th graders I believe. I looked into it a bit ago because it seemed to be right up my brother's alley. It is such a great idea, I hope they still have it, and will continue to keep it going.

Posted by: Sara at March 14, 2005 11:15 AM

Makes me want to start singing "Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger"

Posted by: Bob McCown at March 15, 2005 3:15 PM

Bob, I don't know who you are, but I have to admire a man who yells "Spoon!!!" on his website.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 15, 2005 3:40 PM

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