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.
They started this enterprise after winning the NASA Space Apps Toronto 2014 Award for our Mars Rover: CuriousBot. They ended up among top 5 NASA Space Apps Winners (people’s choice) globally! Won the NASA SpaceApps Challenge again in 2018 and 2017 as well as the Canadian Space Agency’s Space Apps Challenge 2017 for their project – “Yes I Can” which used RadarSat-2 satellite data to recreate #Canada150 logo. They ended up getting invited to the Canadian Space Agency to present their project and meet the new Canadian Astronauts.
HotPopRobots is passionate about communicating science and demonstrating our projects. In 2014, they co-founded the HotPopRobot initiative with their family to carry out science outreach to other kids, families, and schools. Their projects have been displayed at Maker Festival Toronto, MakerExpo Kitchener, Maker Festival Delhi, International Space Development Conference (USA), Toronto International Film Festival, Science Rendezvous, NASA Youth Space Apps, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Reference Library and schools. Their projects have been featured on the cover page of Toronto Metro Newspaper, The Star, TVO Kids, CBC, and Global News.
Arushi was a speaker for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science 2018 at the Ontario Science Centre and Artash was a speaker at the Science March Toronto 2018.