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Early Science Fair Robots

1931:

"Bugs the Mechanical Man" by Bobby Lambert, Charlotte, N.C. USA.

1948:

1949:

Elmer the robot, Colorado.

Jimmie the Demonstration Robot responds to single words via the telephone. 

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1955:

"Reject the Robot" by Tommy Firestine. USA.

1956:

"Herbert Watt" the robot.

1957:

"Nemo the Magnificant" Robot by Johnny Ventura. USA

"Charlie the Robot" by Dick Barnes of Hammond High School. USA.

1957c Don Glut and home-made robot.

Don F. Glut ca. 1957 with one of his homemade robots. This model later made a “cameo” appearance in Dinosaur Destroyer.


1957-8 "Elmo Electron"

1958 Robot – Michael Cook
Thirteen-year-old Michael Cook, an eighth-grader at Eastwood Junior High School in Washington Township (now Eastwood Middle School), showed off his robot, "Elmo," during the Central Indiana Science Fair at Butler University's College of Pharmacy on April 11, 1958. Michael spent two months building Elmo out of $25 worth of wire, switches, stovepipe, old TV tubes, cardboard and anything else he could get his hands on. Cook still lives in Central Indiana and works as a claims adjuster for Safeco Claims in Indianapolis. He is married, with two children and three grandchildren. Cook says Elmo was more of a "stage robot" than anything scientific. He didn't win a prize from the science fair, but he did win a crowd appreciation award. (Bob Doeppers / The News) 

"Gismo the Robot" by Chester Freeman.


1958:

Giant chess-playing robot by Henry Bonnar, St. Petersburg, Florida. USA.

Robot by Clarence Greene, Portsmouth, Va. USA.

"Sir Robert Robot" by Jack Alpert and John Held.

1959:

Robot by Mary Ann Cunningham. USA.

Walking robot by Skipper Rawlings.

Robot by Frank Brinkman. USA.

"Idiot" the remote-controlled robot by Steve Oliver, San Francisco . USA.

Robots by Ernest Clifton (left) and Dan Dudley Jr. (right) of Denton, USA.

Robot by Jay Rosser, Penncrest High School. USA.

"Robby the Robot" by Phillip J. Corso.

Another "Robby the Robot", this time by Robert Stock.

1960:

Robot by Dale Borman at Eldridge School. USA.

"Gismo the Robot" rooting hard for the Church School.

Unknown Science fair robot – probably c1960's.

1961:

1962:

"Robot II" by Rod Zent. Billings High School, Montana. USA.

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1965:

"Willie the Robot" by Alan Axelrod. USA.

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Robot in Sussex.

1968:

"Cybernaut the Robot" by Lonnie Sutton. USA.

Two robots built by Bruce Murray and Jim Fleagle, Washington. USA.

1969:

"Alfred the Robot" by William J. Synhorst. Iowa. USA.

"The Robot" by Jerry Gandre. USA.

Robot built by Carl Powers (centre). USA.

1970:

"Mobot" by Mike Nelson, Iowa. USA

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Robot Brian. 

1992:

"Carmel the Robot". Carmel's chief builders Frank Koss, Marc Huber, Charles Cohen, David Kortenkamp and Ulrich Raschke enjoy their creation.


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1955 – Robot – Tim Grimes (British)

In the picture above, 17-year old Frank Grimes of Alphington, near Exeter, is seen introducing his cat to a mechanical man he has made out of odds and ends. It is powered by an electric motor, but only Frank knows the secret of how it walks backwards and forwards, swings its arms, turns its head, and flashes its eyes. Yet he intends to dismantle it as he needs the parts for making a working scale-model of a helicopter!


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1948 – Walking Robot – Reat Younger (American)

(Source: Popular Mechanics October 1948)