I’m Andres Bravo, a 13 years old from Panama. Not so long ago I had an attraction to robotics. My school, Academia Interamerican de Panama (AIP-http://aip.edu.pa), started an extracurricular program in which involved a new professor teaching robotics to kids that where interested on the idea. Our professor, Eduardo Perez Denadai (https://sites.google.com/site/aiprobotics/home), is a Nuclear Engineer graduated from Texas A&M University. We have made about two robots in the class, the Basic Stamp Activity Kit and the Sumo-Bot, both from the Parallax Company (http://www.parallax.com).
Our class which involved two persons per group, started with the Basic Stamp Activity Kit. It was a starting kit with a basic board and some extra gadgets which though us the basics of programing. We use the BASIC Stamp Editor Software. In a period of 3 months the class already knew the basics. Mostly it was to make the board turn on a led, move a servo, or use a loudspeaker to make a high pitch sound. After learning the basics, the class advanced to the next “level”. We started working on the Sumo-Bot. The goal was to assemble and program a robot in which it could stay on a ring and could fight an opponent. After 4 months, the class finished the robot and made a fight. I won the fight and also another challenge that was given to the group much earlier.
When I saw Nuvu on the web, I was impressed by the way they want to teach kids on how to manage real-world problems. It seem very interesting on the idea of given us a topic and see what we can create. On this time of the year, panamenian kids are on summer vacations. Because in this year I got interested in robotics and I always had a big imagination, I want to try this and see what I can do on this program.