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Eleven-year-old CEO bringing robotics to classrooms

Lauren Voisin crowdfunds to deliver robotics kits to younger kids

Lauren Voisin is running a crowd-funding campaign to bring these easy-to-assemble brushbots to Calgary classrooms.

Jennifer Friesen / For Metro

Lauren Voisin is running a crowd-funding campaign to bring these easy-to-assemble brushbots to Calgary classrooms.

At 11 years old, Lauren Voisin is already a seasoned entrepreneur, teaching robot building throughout Calgary schools with her company Robots R Fun.

“I’m really proud, but I look at myself and think I should be doing more with my life,” laughed her mother, Jacqueline Voisin.

Voisin started the company with her sister and best friend when she was only eight years old, and is now taking the next step by creating a crowd-funding initiative to deliver brushbot kits to children in classrooms. This will allow them to put together a small robot with little-to-no help from an adult.

“It’s a little robot that uses a brush, motor and a battery case,” explained Voisin. “When you connect them all together, it vibrates and moves around and kind of goes wherever it wants.”

Voisin noticed robots can be quite an expensive hobby, so she hopes the brushbot kits will help kids get into robotics, technology and ‘other cool things’ by providing an affordable and straightforward entry point.

Her mom said it’s important to get kids interested in robots at a young age. She said many are using iPads and navigating their parent’s phones as early as Grade 1, while topics like electricity and technology aren’t taught until Grade 5 or 6.

Voisin learned through experimentation, and attending events with Chiq Geek to practice coding. She hopes to one day be an electrical engineer.

“It’s just really fun for me,” said Voisin. “They’re just so interesting and unique.”

The Robots R Fun crew also volunteers at Telus Spark to help teach kids about robots. They upload video tutorials on

YouTube and will be participating in Calgary’s Make Fashion event to design unique dresses with electrical components.

“I hope other girls will see that too, so more people will be interested in robotics and technology,” Voisin exclaimed.

For more information, or to donate to Voisin’s Brushbot campaign, visit www.robotsrfun.com.

Voisin also designed the website herself.

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