8 Foot Robot Cat
If you are looking for something different and that will get attention you have certainly landed on the right page!
We would like to introduce our 8 Foot Robot Cat, KA-Tash-Trophe, or KATT. She is 8 foot high, weighs about 220 Kg and is unforgettable. Please note that she is a radio controlled robot and NOT someone in a costume.
Sunday 10th September 2017 saw the return of The KATT or KA-Tash-Trophe. This time Mascot the Robot Dog came along with his upgraded radio control. The Roboteers Team included Martin Thompson, Ethan Gray, Kelly Jack Roberts, Jayden Kiley, Alex Kiley and Paul Rees.
We were located at the First Floor and the crowds gathered throughout the day. We would like to thank the staff of the Waterfront Museum for all their help and a special thanks to Sian Ashton See Science STEM Ambassador Coordinator for inviting us back for another year at this splendid event.
Diamond Dust is now on the Resources Bank for teachers and schools: http://www.see-science.co.uk/teacher/resources.html
If anyone has any photos or videos, of the KATT or dog, we would be delighted if you would be kind enough to share these with us as a record of this truly amazing day!
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/8FootRobotCat/
Our YouTube Channel DJ Diamond Dust: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIZmCx1pc63cyhq8YgjE4NQ.
We would welcome any videos or photos taken on the day to add to our website!
Robot Days in Schools
The KATT has already attended Robot Days in schools in Cardiff and Neath were Robot Workshops have been held at Foundation Phase, Key Stage 2 and 3. This has been amazingly successful in introducing the concept of robots to primary and secondary pupils, mainstream and special needs.
We can provide up to four sessions in schools with follow up activities and worksheets.
The children and young people can learn about robots and have a dialog with them being the whole subject to life.
KA-Tash-Trophe attended the British Science Festival last year. We are looking forward to returning the National Waterfront Museum again this year.
Promotions and Appearances
The Katt has been involved in promotions in Stores, including PC World, Swansea, as well as outdoor appearances at Carnivals in Carmarthen and Amman Valley. She has even appeared at an environmental event in the Gower. Who knows? Perhaps one day she might be invited to make an appearance on television like her older brother, Mascot the Robot Dog. Some of you might remember watching him on “Multicoloured Swap Shop”.
KATashTrophe, the 8 Foot Robot Cat, lives and is ready for gigs! She is the latest addition to the Diamond Dust Roadshow. The new robot is intended for larger shows, promotions and order children. She is based on a Sabre toothed tiger. I’ve recently added more features to the KATT, including radio control. So far so good. Why not visit our You Tube Channel: DJ Diamond Dust? The Utube video of the KATT.
The aim of the KATT is to entertain, educate and inspire.
Martin’s creation has been seen at PC World, Morfa Park Swansea; Maplin Electronic Store, Llansamlet, Swansea; outdoor events in Carmarthen and the Amman Valley, a street in Llandrindod Wells, even a beach visit at Langland Bay, Gower. The favourite visiting place as definitely had been Margam. KATashTrophe, the Eight Foot Robot Cat, makes a regular annual visit to Margam Castle, where she joins in the Heroes and Legends Weekend in August. In 2016 she returned to the event in July.
We were very privileged to be invited to meet Mat Irvine, the creator of K9 (“Dr Who”) in Milton Keynes, summer of ’16, at Smallspace. This is an annual model show for all things space, science fiction and fantasy.
The KATT is getting involved in education. Martin Thompson has become a Stem Ambassador.
August 2016 saw the KATT make an appearance at the National Waterfront Museum for the British Science Festival Week. This event was run by Swansea University. There were over 2 thousand visitors. The KATT was probability one of the most unusual attraction to this event. This is the first event I have covered as a Science Ambassador for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The KATT is currently making school visits which aim to entertain, educate and inspire children and young people with science.
There is some interest from the Arkwright Scholarship Trust which is a charity whose aim is to inspire engineers of the future.
The Eight Foot Robot Cat has an audio track which can enhance the experience, and introduces the nine lives or nine programme personalities:
- Ghost, who is the ghost in the machine.
- Na-Nim-In-Atorr, or narrator or storyteller.
- Mad-Pusss, the mad hungry cat.
- DJ Katt, trendy rock DJ personality.
- Tasha is a diva who loves mobile phones.
- Mrs McKitty, a dear, polite older lady who loves a nice cup of tea.
- Dr Fee-Line is a fan of relaxation and exercise.
- A mystery guest…
- Troll–Lee, hidden personality
The KATT Kadets are the volunteers from the audience who take part in this interactive show or play.
The show can have educational aspects and have a follow up activity in the form of our Activity Booklet aimed at Key Stage level 2 and 3; but can be used at level 4. It contains a mixture of colouring sheets, word searches and more.
Find these hidden words and phases : Sabre toothed tiger, Claw, Arm, Whiskers, Motors, Casters, Batteries, Lap top, Amplifier, Mobile phone, Mascot, KATashTrophe. Isaac’s Asimov, the famous science fiction author in 1942, devised the Three Laws of Robotics, which are:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
The Diamond Dust booklet also includes nine questions:
- What is KATT short for?
- How many casters does the KATT have?
- What animal is the robot based on?
- What animal is flying above the KATT?
- What animal is attached to the KATT’s claw?
- Why does the KATT need ramps to go in and out of the van?
- Who had the idea to build the robot cat and dog?
- What did you like about the KATT and why?
- How would you improve the KATT?
The adventure continues.