Robots, junk and 3D

Two students from Rushden Community College and Bishops Stopford Sixth Form, Kettering, have undertaken four week placements with The University of Northampton's School of Science and Technology, by the Nuffield Science Bursaries scheme .

3D modelling
Ben Durrant (Rushden Community College) has been working on 3D modelling and creative design with the NVision team; NVision is a state-of-the-art facility with specialist services to help companies develop and promote their products using the latest 3D modelling and visualisation capabilities, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Hayley Stevenson (Bishops Stopford)  has been working with Dr Scott Turner, Senior Lecturer in Computing, and Dr Margaret Bates, Manager of the Centre for Sustainable Wastes Management, on the Junkbots programme. Junkbots is a challenge for schoolchildren to use waste materials to create, and then program, simple robots, and the scheme has reached out to hundreds of children across Northamptonshire. 

As producing several 'robots' from junk, the work culminated in a  lego controlled junkbot  been produced. It is a a walking model from straws and cotton, combined twith two motors from LEGO NXT set and some java code to get it to move. More details can be found at: including video of it working.

LEGO arrangement

The walking model
This has new junkbot is very much in-line with the ideas behind the project, combining engineering, waste and computing to produce something new.

For more detail about what Hayley did see her blog (including videos and pictures of her work):