How do you teach kids (and adults) about engineering in a fun and creative way? Can you build a platform so it is not a one time build and forget type of experience like so many other educational toys?
Cardboard Boxes + Robotics == BoxBotics
The obvious reason being costs and accessibly. Why not reuse your Amazon boxes and have some fun with them before they go to recycling. Also the brings up recycling, not only are you using recycled material in your project, but once you are done with it, you can easily recycle it where is was going to go anyways. But the most important is accessibility as a building material as it is in reach of everyone. It puts everyone on the same playing field. Everyone can share their designs and everyone can make them. It's like 3d-printers in a way, but recyclable and even lower cost.
The only real tools needed is a knife or scissors and your imagination.
Sure, there are a ton of fun and creative things you can do with just cardboard, but add to the mix cutting edge electronics and sensors and your can really take it to the next level. What kid wants to program on a computer without any interaction with the outside world. Having the ability to program something that moves is an important driver to learning what you can do with programming and pushes you to see what else you can do.