On October 8, 2017 the university was open for the general public because of the annual Science Festival. For that occasion we organized an electronics workshop for children. The idea was that children could assemble a small robot called Beebot which they could take home to play with. It was great fun to see the children work enthusiastically together with their parents, student-assistants, and faculty staff. In total about 55 working Beebots were assembled in a single afternoon.
Beebot is a small robot similar to so-called bristle bots and is based on a design by former Industrial Design student Willem Horsten called Momics. It is a small four legged robot driven by two cell phone vibration motors that are powered by coin cell batteries. The motors are controlled by transistors which use ldr light sensors. In that way the robot can react to (absence of) light.