Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Technology and the Arts Do Mix!

Here is a recap of some more knitting fun from the Western Fair last week.  The booth that was set up beside me was a great group of high school students from Oakridge and Central's robotics club along with their mentors from the University of Western's engineering program.  They had brought with them the robot that they designed and built in just 6 weeks to throw frisbees.  It was a huge hit!
It does seem like a strange pairing; knitting and robotics but it didn't take long to bridge the gap and get these students knitting ;)
These are the young men that started what would become a week long project to knit a licence plate for their robot!

The plan was for everyone who volunteered in their booth to take a turn knitting a few rows in between their demonstrations on stage and entertaining the people as they walked by.

Sometimes a new Knitter would sit with me for a quick how to knit lesson or learned from one of their teammates. 


Everyone seemed to have fun adding their rows to this group project.  This Knitter cast off the final row of stitches and we realized just how many extra stitches had been added along the way.  The extra stitches created a bit of a ruffle that we are calling "a design feature"!

Here's the robot decked out with it's new knitted licence plate. 

There were also lots of other knitting opportunities once the licence plate was finished or if it was being knit on by someone else.  This is a scarf we were knitting for charity,

or you could try knitting with these large needles or,

give sock knitting a try using 4 needles!

Thanks to everyone for taking some time to give knitting a try.  You all did amazing!!


Kepanie said...

Super awesome how these high schoolers are knitting for their robotics project. Yay especially for the guys.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Looks like they had fun!

It reminds me of my brother in highschool - they had to build a contraption (out of Popsicle sticks) that would allow them to drop an egg from the school roof with out breaking it. My brother wanted to incorporate a knitted hammock to hold the egg, but the teacher told him her wasn't allowed to "contract out" any work - so he had my mom teach him to knit, so he could make the egg hammock.
I believe his was the only egg that didn't break.