By Zain Hamdia
A humanoid robot utilizing mindstorm made of various materials such as wood, metal, and 3D printed parts.
Type: Artistic, Education
What inspired you or what is the idea that got you started?
My main inspiration, among other things, was the popular indie game Five Nights At Freddy's. My 8-year-old self loved this game for many reasons, but the main one was the animatronics. the robots that walk around at night and try to scare you fascinated me. From that point forward, I knew I had to build a robot.
What is your project about and how does it work?
My project is home-made robot made from raw materials, using mindstorm motors for movement and speech.
What did you learn by doing this project?
I learned that you need to have confidence in yourself, your ideas, and your creations, as well as perseverance, dedication, and drive. Without those three factors, it will be tough to get anything done. It is easy to stop working and never return to your project, but in the end, you will only have disappointment. When you hit a block, you have to either find a way around it or figure out how to get rid of it. If you lose motivation, you need to return to what sparked that interest, that little flame that kept you going until this point.
What impact does your project have on others as well as yourself?
I want to think my project can show anyone, whether it's a 45-year-old man, or a little girl, that no matter what, your dreams are always achievable through hard work, research, and dedication. Whenever I feel like things are getting tough, I can think about my robot - what it took to make it, to create it, how many years I spent dreaming and sketching my ideas for my robot, and that after so long, I finally have it. That always picks me up because if I can fulfill my four-year-long dream, then nothing can stand in my way.