In an attempt to create a new Guinness World Record, robots from all over NSW came together at Macquarie University on Tuesday 25 October for a huge dance party. Organised by the staff here at Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre we were hoping to set the record for the most robots programmed to move and dance to a piece of music.
The event called ‘So you think your robot can dance” is part of the 3dedrats Festival and more than 200 students from schools all over NSW were in attendance, including students who drove for 4 hours from Dungog High School and Gresford Public School. Other schools that participated were Middle Harbour Public School, Caringbah Public School, Blakehurst High School, James Cook Boys High School, North Ryde Public School and Holy Cross Secondary College.
The Guinness World record attempt had 156 robots dancing for 3 minutes and 46 seconds, along with over 200 students, jiggling and hip- hopping and the record will hopefully be endorsed soon.
Those who couldn’t be in Sydney that day can still enter the online video competition to film their robot dancing. The competition details can be found at www.3dedrats.com
Event organisers say the 3dedrats Festival is a world-first celebration of the latest in 3D technologies in education, arts and sciences. “This is an exciting new area of research and collaboration at Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre. Robots are becoming more and more prevalent in education and this event highlights this and explores the future,” says Debbie Evans, Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre Director.
In the lead-up to the world record attempt, there was a series of ‘Robot Boot Camps’ which students also attended. Held in the newly opened Macquarie University Library the workshops were designed for both beginner and advanced users and taught participants how to program robots of all shapes and sizes.
Our partners, the Macquarie University Faculty of Science, First Lego League, Panasonic, Lenovo, Microsoft, Electroboard, Modern Teaching Aids, Lego Education Australia, Moore Educational, RM Asia Pacific, DEHub (UNE) and Studio of Applied Arts and Sciences helped to make sure this day was a huge success.