Co-Founder, HotPopRobot

Arushi Nath

We love music, making cool space projects and participating in hackathons (27 so far)! Five years ago, we participated in our first hackathon – the NASA SpaceApps Challenge at the Ontario Science Centre. Our project “Curious Bot” – an autonomous Mars rover made using Arduino won one of the top 5 NASA SpaceApps Award 2014. It ignited our passion for space, and give us the confidence that science can turn our dreams into reality.

We ended up making over 25 space projects: rovers, robots, battle bots, model rockets, and artificial intelligence algorithms, often mixing science with arts and music. Our projects have won many awards including the NASA SpaceApps 2018, 2017, 2014, the Canadian Space Agency Space Apps 2017, Science Odyssey Grand Prize 2018, Emerald Code Grand Prize 2018, and the Jesse Ketchum Award 2018 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Toronto) for our science equipment made from Lunch Box to measure Total Solar Eclipse. But our favourite award was an invitation by the Canadian Space Agency for an exclusive visit to their headquarters in Montreal, to present our Canadian SpaceApps winning project “Yes I Can” (which uses data from Canadian Satellite RadarSat-2 to make the Canada150 logo) and to meet the new astronauts.

We are passionate about communicating science and demonstrating our projects. In 2014, we co-founded the HotPopRobot initiative with our family to carry out science outreach to other kids, families, and schools. Our 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. Our 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.