Monday, March 13, 2006


Angel and I have been trying to build a Zook. What is a Zook, you ask? Zooks come from Bamzooki, a BBC children's TV series in which children construct virtual robotic insects that compete against each other in performing various tasks - running fast, climbing over objects and so on. You can download software from the Bamzooki website to make your own Zooks, and we are finding it a lot harder than it looks! After much effort we managed to make our Zook's legs rotate in something approaching a sensible direction and stop it simply bouncing instead of running. Unfortunately, it is now nosediving and turning turtle. Angel did succeed in making one run backwards, which I'm beginning to think was quite an achievement. If you have children (or adults!) who would like an engineering challenge, get your Zook Kit here. If you manage to build a working Zook, please let us know how you did it!

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