Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Making robot magic!

Anthony and I went to a cool little shop called the "Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company" today. I won't be shocked if you haven't heard of it. Really.

It's a neat shop where they sell all kinds of things you might need for your spaceship or space station. You know, like maps of the universe, multi tools, seedlings, and robot kits!

What's even cooler about the store is that it's the retail front for a really neat, non-profit organization that promotes literacy for kids, called 826 Seattle.

826 Seattle is one of the arms of 826 National, which is easily summarized by a line from their website:
826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in eight cities across the country. Our goal is to assist students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our work is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
I couldn't agree more with the premise, as I fully understand (from personal experience) that love of reading leads to love of writing, which leads to all kinds of good things!

Anthony really wanted to get a robot from the store and put it together. Since the profit goes to the writing programs that the store supports, I said, "Why not?".

We found ourselves with a robot kit, more specifically, a Brush Robot kit. Larry helped Anthony put it together and...voila! Anthony's first robot!

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