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Robot water blaster

Emilia Age 6

Manchester, UK

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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, UK

I'm an animator and model-maker based in Northumberland. I combine digital animation techniques with more traditional methods like stop motion. I enjoy sharing my skills with others - I'm an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University and an animation mentor with TICE - introducing children to what it is like working in creative industries.

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The Robot Water Blaster was brought to life by animator Chloe Rhodam. She said about the invention,

'I thought that the Robot Water Blaster was a very useful idea to help out firefighters in dangerous situations. I wanted to incorporate the bright eye-catching colours Emilia came up with and also put the invention into a scene as she illustrated - to show how it would be used in an emergency situation. I added a flashing blue light as I thought it might be required when the Robot Water Blaster dashes to where it is needed!'

The robot water blaster was made real in the form of a model. Chloe combined the Robot Water Blaster and the Princess Rescue, designed by Nina age 5, they're a real super hero team!

Emilia and Nina were very Happy to see their inventions made real at our Get North exhibition at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

Chloe even managed to Skype with Emilia so that she could see a preview of the invention idea made real, before the Get North exhibition.

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Chloe Rodham has been working on making this idea real.
Robot Water Blaster Making-of
Posted by Chloe Rodham

The Robot Water Blaster hose is made from a plastic pipe tube. It has a thick wire through it so that it stays in position. I originally used gaffer tape to cover the tubing as it was a similar texture to real hose pipes, however, it started to peel off the plastic tube so I needed to find a different material. I ended up using pipe cleaners, which give the hose a bit of character and make it fun and child-friendly. The end of the hose is a cake icing nozzle and I used optic fibres and clingfilm to make it look like there is water coming out of the spout. The shoes are made from oven bake-able clay, with wooden dowel legs that have rubber tubing around them. The look of the fire inside the house is achieved by a fan blowing tissue paper and sweet wrappers. I used a self build RGB controller kit to control the flickering of the lights and added coloured lighting gels to make them orange.  I added a flashing blue light onto the design as I thought that it may need this when dashing through traffic!!