Em Bé

Arduino kit to bond soon-to-be Vietnamese engineers with their parents

Summer 2019 project during my internship at EIU Becamex in Bình Dương, Việtnam

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Increase of  Vietnamese students  from 2010-2020 

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Of students in Vietnam in higher education  study engineering 

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More  international Vietnamese  students from 1999-2016

Mechanical Love

Many  parents  in Vietnam's rapidly changing landscape  struggle to connect  with their kids. Many kids are learning alone about engineering through Arduino kits. Can  parents learn with their kids? 

How might we bring future engineers closer to their parents?

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Creating an aesthetic to be a  statement piece  in the living room as a source of  family pride 

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Exploring different ways to open and close the robot to access the parts when working.  Based off of stories from interviewing engineering students of their early childhood.  Choosing the baby for its appeal to kids and parents' recent memory of raising a baby.

Working with the EIU FabLab team to understand the Aruduino kit

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Making models out from 3D printing and bamboo weaves to play with light and form

Nose button to turn on

Squeeze lid onto body

Uses tension of wood to stay closed

Waddle like a baby

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Different wood types for different price points or can use ABS as the cheapest option for maximum student accessibility

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Special Thanks to the team at EIU FabLab, Kiet from District 8, and Tuan from LabSaigon