HotPopRobot is a maker-family enterprise co-founded in 2014 by Artash (11 years), Arushi (8 years), Rati and Vikas to bring discussions on Science, Space exploration, and Technology in our everyday conversation. It encourages families and kids to become creators (and not consumers), by undertaking projects on space, robotics, coding, and science.
We started this enterprise after winning the NASA Space Apps Toronto 2014 Award for our Mars Rover: CuriousBot and ending up among top 5 NASA Space Apps Winners (People’s Choice) globally! We won the NASA SpaceApps Challenge again in 2017 as well as the Canadian Space Agency’s Space Apps Challenge 2017 for our projects using space and satellite data.
It fired our imagination. It is only when we set our vision and goals ambitious in science and space exploration can we answer the question:
Are we the only ones out there in the Universe?
For the moment, the answer lies in opportunities we can create for the next generation to become excited about science and space exploration!
HotPopRobot creates projects and simulations based on space, science, technology, and coding. We do several outreach events every year through Maker Festivals, NASA and Canadian Space Apps Challenge, Ontario Science Centre, NASA Youth Space Apps Challenge, Science Rendezvous, school fairs, and community events.
Vikas Nath is an international development expert on Environment, Technology and Climate Change. He worked with United Nations in New York, Geneva, and Delhi and has undertaken consulting missions and speaking assignments in 65+ countries. He is an Inlaks Scholar and holds a Masters Degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
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With Canadian Astronauts Chris Hadfield, Jeremy Hansen, Jenny Sidey and Joshua Kutryk