We would always have kids come around the robotics lab where I did my PhD. They would learn about robots and we would show them videos and demos of bio-inspired robots that could fly, jump and swarm. Robots are wonderful to get kids excited about engineering.
Now I’m in a lab that designs nanoparticles to kill tumor cells. So how do you explain tough concepts like cancer and show the invisible? Turns out, robots can help here too. Early December our lab welcomed 30 middle school girls. By the end of the day, each one of them had built and decorated their own nanoparticle robot. Here’s a full tutorial so you can do this at home or in your classroom.