How to Build a Robot

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The irony-reveling duo behind fave project “Replacing the ‘N-Word’ with ‘Robot’ in Huck Finn” are blowing our minds on a few fronts right now. Firstly, their method of leveraging satire as an educational tool for discussing highly complex social issues with students, secondly, their wild success ($26,000 in a matter of weeks — congrats, guys!), and now, thirdly, their recently posted update unveiling the meticulous, handmade construction of the Robot Jim figurines they’re offering as rewards. Um, cool.

The little guys, built by “Day of the Robot” artist Chad Meade, are made by handpouring, sanding, and painting a conglomeration of clay, wire bits, plaster, foil, and, my favorite, “…metal bits from my large collection of junk.” One person’s trash, truly another person’s treasure!

You can check out the full video (and some pretty cool fan art) over on their project blog, here.

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