Having loved the books, I Robot, by Isaac Asimov and enjoying the movie of the same title, starring Will Smith, there is no doubt that our love affair with Robots and such has provided much fodder for movie after move and book after book.
However, if you had the inclination to “build” one yourself, you were pretty much left to find a financial backer or be old enough to go to Columbia High School in Maplewood/South Orange, winners of this year’s State Competition–http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/chs/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=295305.
Well, for the 6-10 year old Robotics enthusiast, we now have a local place to go to: http://www.njbuildingrobots.com/index.html
This looks to be a great alternative to the many bowling, cooking and gymnasium parties i have attended or hosted with my 9 year old son-Jake.
A word of caution, please remember the THREE LAWS, when building your masterpiece:
The Three Laws of Robotics, often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws, were written by science fiction author Isaac Asimov and later expanded upon. The rules are introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround“, although they were foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws are:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.