Miracle Workshop is a collaborative project with Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW has reached out to us because they currently have an interactive puppet installation that has not been in use due to safety reasons.  They have asked us to be able to control the puppet from a remote location, rather than in the current crawl space.  


Our goal is to design, fabricate, and install a robust animatronic figure that can be easily operated by a naïve user-which in the GKTW context would be their volunteers.  Additionally, we are reimagining Tom Foolery’s story, creating a more interactive show, and installing show elements to develop a magical, immersive experience for the children who visit the village.


What is going on in the Workshop

Week 15

For week 15 we began by doing the motion tests for Tom for figuring and estimating the speeds, velocity and the acceleration for the head tilt, turn and mouth functions.Please find the video for the Read more…

Week 14

Over week 14 Alex completed assembling Tom and over the last weekend we got Tom to be moving and celebrated his birthday as he came alive on 23 April morning at 4:00 am. We were Read more…

Week 13

For week 13, we started receiving our parts for the mechanical design. Also we started receiving parts for the electrical panel. Our next step was then to prepare begin the assembly and test the animation Read more…

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