School of Ridiculous Inventions

Have you met our inventor Erik Thorstensson? No?!

— Hi, my name is Erik, I am an inventor, toy maker, engineer and model airplane builder. At Strawbees we are not afraid of failure - quite the opposite, it’s all about ‘learning by trying’. Let’s have some fun and build cool things! Finally, my ‘School of Ridiculous Inventions’ doors are open - this is going to be epic!

Let’s not waste any more time - hit play and let the game begin :).

Inventor and co-founder of Strawbees

Are you ready for a challenge?

"Have you tried bowling with a robot?"
"Built a man sized robot with a parachute, or a huge bubble machine?"

Erik has designed these challenges specifically for inspiring children. Some projects can be replicated at home or in the classroom, others are just to show what amazing things YOU can invent with Strawbees. They all encourage inquisitive young minds to get (ridiculously) excited about engineering.

Challenge 02: Indoor Boomerang Game

Can you invent a fun indoor game with a cardboard boomerang?

Watch the video to find out more how Erik invents a simple boomerang target and then ups his game by coming up with an automated micro:bit robotic target.

Challenge 01: RoboBowling

Watch our first pilot focused around making games!

RoboBowling using just a few Strawbees, building straws and a bit of coding with Quirkbot. Watch the video to see the Eriks building the pins and robot racer and see who of the two Eriks will win the game!


Behind the scenes with Erik - get a little taster for what is to come!

Talk to me!

If you want to share YOUR project, request another ‘RoboBowling’ version or comment as to why bowling on Mars would not work - send your (ridiculous) questions on our Facebook Messenger, or share your project using #strawbeesinvents!

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