The Blk Robot Project (BRP) is a multimodal educational technology project. The centerpiece of the project is a 30ft high robot to be situated in an abandoned lot in the Park Heights neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. The Blk Robot Project posits the idea that investment in cultural infrastructure as opposed to commercial infrastructure can and will yield positive cultural AND economic benefits in areas beset by structural, systemic neglect.
The initial portion of the project is the SoulBot Saturday Design Squad. This is a S.T.E.A.M. based activity for ages 7-16. Students are exposed to Robotics, Photovoltaics, Wind Power, Architectural engineering, Sustainable Material Repurposing and more. Field trips and consultation with University robotics labs take place during the course of a learning term, which will lasts 10 classes.
It doesn’t look like what we normally associate with robotics because we’ve been listening to other people tell us what robotics is supposed to be. The term robot because it comes from a Czech word that means ‘slave’. Students to are learning about robots and technology through the BRP in a manner that associates these objects with enhancing the quality of life for their communities and humanity in general.