HotPopRobot is a maker-family enterprise co-founded in 2014 by Artash (12 years), Arushi (9 years), Rati and Vikas to bring discussions on Science, Space Exploration, Astronomy, and Technology in our everyday conversation. It encourages families, kids and youths 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. We ended up among top 5 NASA Space Apps Winners (people’s choice) globally! We won the NASA SpaceApps Challenge again in 2018 and 2017 as well as the Canadian Space Agency’s Space Apps Challenge 2017 for our project – “Yes I Can” which used RadarSat-2 satellite data to recreate #Canada150 logo. We ended up getting invited to the Canadian Space Agency to present our project and meet the new Canadian Astronauts.
It fired our imagination. It is only when we set our vision and goals ambitious in science and space exploration can we answer the bigger 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, astronomy and space exploration!
We do several outreach events every year through Maker Festivals, NASA and Canadian Space Apps Challenges, Ontario Science Centre, MakerExpo 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, a Masters Degree in Environment and Forestry, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University. India.
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With Canadian Astronauts Chris Hadfield, Jeremy Hansen, Jenny Sidey and Joshua Kutryk