In September, Jake was building cardboard robots in the DRC project room with another DRC member. He came to me and told me his idea for a robot that dispenses positive affirmative messages for people who are having a bad day.
He also wanted them to have a way to contribute messages, if they were having a great day. He also said he wanted to build it from recycled materials.
The next day, we went to the Canton E-cycling dumpster and a gentleman who works for the Village was kind enough to pull out a ladder, place it next to the huge dumpster, and climb up to get an old Dell computer tower for us.
Jake brought it back to DRC and proceeded to pry it apart with a screwdriver and other tools (this is when I decided we should have safety goggles at the Center).
He worked on the project on and off for several weeks with help from his family. Then the project stalled because we didn't have the tools or the "know-how" to complete it.
Enter Rob, the awesome SLU volunteer, who helped Jake create a time table for completion, as well as providing the skills to finish the Posi-bot. Rob also went to speak to a village trustee with Jake to try to determine where Posi-bot should be placed in the community. The trustee suggested an inside venue such as the library.
Jake brought Posi-bot to the Canton Free Library in mid December and made a presentation to Valerie, Krista and Emily asking if they could provide Posi-bot with a home. They were thrilled to offer a seat for Posi-bot at the top of the stairs inside the main library.
On January 12th, Posi-bot was welcomed to the community with an official ribbon cutting. Jake Newman from the Watertown Daily Times was there to write a story.
And this is where the story gets really interesting, on Friday, DRC received an email from a producer of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They are interested in having Jake audition to be on the show in a segment called Fallonventions.
The Jimmy Fallon Show did not invite Jake to be part of Fallonventions in March. However, they are keeping his video on file for the future.